You packed up your hospital bags, said goodbye to the midwives and survived that very surreal car ride home. Visitors dropped round with lasagnes, way-too-big onesies and smooches. You look at yourself in the mirror and can’t quite believe that you’re now one of THEM. You’ve joined THEIR ranks. You’re a parent.
Everything feels so new and strange. Every nerve feels so raw and exposed. Everyone bombards you with advice, most of it contradictory, and you’re left completely unsure of what you should actually be doing.
Never fear, new parents! Here are the BEST parenting resources, parenting blogs and positive parenting think-thanks designed just for you.
Let’s face it – there are a WEALTH of parenting blogs out there. Here are our favourites, besides All Mum Said of course.
Lauren keeps it real. She’s smart, she’s realistic and she’s intent on representing motherhood exactly as it is. We particularly loved her stand against body shaming when she took on the media for publishing pictures of Chrissie Swan’s children. You go, girl!
The Notorious MUM
She was the target of an intensely vicious troll-attack but she came out the other end stronger than ever. We LOVE Lisa’s no bullshit approach, her pizazz and her… creative vocabulary.
Looking for an expert helping hand? Check these out.
Pinky is your go-to-gal for all things gentle, positive parenting. She has a series of books, runs regular webinars, is readily available for contact online and tours Australia giving talks to parents just like you.
This is an absolute treasure trove for NSW parents. You’re going to find:
- Ways to hook up with local parenting groups
- Fact sheets
- REAL strategies
And it’s all in the one place!
Early Childhood Australia
Similar to the Resourcing Parents entry, this is a one-stop-shop for parents looking for solutions in the early years. Nutrition to health information to behaviour answers – this is an absolute god-send for the parent who wants to know it all. (And that’s basically all of us, right?)
Huh? Facebook, you say? It seems a little hard to believe for the new parent but Facebook has become an absolute hive of parent connections.
Here are a few of the pages you’ve GOT to follow. All of these FB groups are:
- Well monitored
- Supportive and helpful
- Active (You’ll thank them when you’re up in the middle of the night!)
Our favourite online FB mothers groups are:
Parenting Forum (You can post an anonymous question to the page to be answered by the community)
Babyhintsandtips (You post anonymously in this group as well)
Here’s the cream of the crop when it comes to parenting websites. You’ll find a huge range of articles on here as the pages all have different focus. Parent news, education news, parenting strategies, recipes, craft ideas – the whole kit and caboodle!
Healthy Families – Beyond Blue (This includes quizzes to check where both you and your partner are at in terms of post-natal depression)
Face to face
Every state and territory has a different set up for their post-delivery support but they’re all a similar model.
Your local maternal health nurse or mother and child centre should get in contact with you very soon after you deliver. You’ll be set up with a series of home or in-clinic visits where you can get baby weighed and measured as well as discuss any concerns.
Your maternal health nurse SHOULD connect you with a mother’s group who are in a similar area and whose children are of similar age.
The Department of Human Services have a number of online tools (including finding out about what assistance you’re entitled to) designed to assist new parents.
When lodging a claim with Centrelink, consider that there can be some delays and that some parts of the material are not as straight-forward as others. Help can be found via their online resources which include a MyGov account. We advise setting up a MyGov account sooner rather than later as the process can be drawn out.
Your support network
If you’re a new parent, chances are that you’ve already had quite a few people contact you recently saying ‘if there’s anything I can do’.
Let them know that there IS!
You don’t win ANY awards for doing it all yourself. If someone offers to do a load of washing, cook a meal, walk the dogs, paint the house (okay, maybe not that) – take them up on it and have a well-deserved rest.
You’re important as well. Remember that.
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