The New Parent Village: A better way to connect with local families
We are excited to announce that Parent Village is making it easier for parents to connect and support each other.
What parents are telling us
Parents tell us that they love the idea of connecting with local families, helping others, and building a support network, but find it difficult to reach out to people they don’t already know.
New parents say they want to make friends with other mums and dads who get what they’re going through, but they don’t have a lot of time, and don’t want it to be awkward.
Parents who are new to an area say they would like to have people around who can help out with the kids in an emergency, but they don’t have someone nearby who they know well enough to ask.
And, parents who are already well established in their local area say they want a more connected and safer community for their children.
What we’re doing about it
We’re listening, and we’re curious. We’ve sought to understand why it is that some parents will strike up a conversation at the local playground, and others won’t. Why some parents will feel welcome and supported at their local playcentre, while others feel judged and excluded. And, why so many new parents feel isolated in a world of facebook and mobile phones.
These are complex questions with equally complex and varied answers, and yet we are finding common ground among those parents, grandparents, and caregivers who have been helping us re-define Parent Village.
Breaking down the barriers
The new Parent Village will focus on the things that bring us together. We all want the best for our children, we all want to be good parents, and the majority of us want opportunities to support others in the community, and know there is help there if we need it.
Parent Village aims to provide the tools for local parents to create safer, more family friendly communities, by breaking down the barriers between families, as opposed to building more fences.
Each community will have the following basic Village Types:
How will we keep the village safe and friendly?
Each village will have a local guide, who will help bring new members into the village, and ensure that Village Meets are being organized regularly.
Each village will also have a village elder, who will be on hand to manage any conflict, or any discrimination if it arises. We are establishing a local village for local people, not an anonymous social media account, and users will be expected to communicate with each other online as if it were face-to-face.
That’s great, but will I actually have opportunities to meet other families and parents in person?
Each village will post regular Village Meets. These will be varied to encourage like-minded parents in the community to get to know each other.
Village members will also be able to create their own meets, and also post local events and activities that might interest parents and caregivers in their local community.
So how do I join a Parent Village near me?
If you would like a Parent Village in your community, please contact us. Let us know where you live, and which village types you are interested in joining.
We will then be able to keep you posted on how we’re going.
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