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Parenting is not a one man show….or a two man show…or even a three man show!  It takes a village to raise a child.  Some families are fortunate to live in close proximity to extended family and often lean on them for parenting advice and support.  Many other families do not have this opportunity.  However, making a village is still an important part of the parenting job.   Here are some questions to get you thinking about why and how to build a village for your family.  As a parent, you most likely will have questions that you do not know the answer to or that you may not even know where to find answers.  Your “village” of trusted members can be great resources for answers or direction.

Members can serve as support for you while helping your child.

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Who can be a part of my village?

You can make decisions about who is in your child’s village.

Members can include extended family, friends, neighbors, doctors, teachers, support groups, religious groups, coaches, etc.  The possibilities are endless.

Remember, size does not necessarily matter.  You should find the right size “village” that works well for your family.

village1.pngHow can I build a village for my child?

Include your child in community activities.  Sometimes “villagers” find you.

Many communities have parent-to-parent networks.  With advances in technology, there are now online support groups for parents around a variety of topics.

Start with activities and places your family visits on a consistent basis.

Help your child build friendships with peers.  This way they can start helping to build the village.

Many communities have parent-to-parent networks.  With advances in technology, there are now online support groups for parents around a variety of topics.

 

Building a village for your child with special needs:

A strong support system can be even more important if your child has special needs.  Your village people can include others who understand some of the unique challenges you and your child may face.  You may get a few unexpected villagers including medical specialists, therapy providers, and/or multiple teachers.  Creating a positive relationship with all these members can foster a cooperative village for your child. 

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Final thoughts:

Remember to consider what works best for you and your child!  No one type of village or member will be a good fit for every family.  Your village should fit your needs and comfort level!  If you have concerns about your child’s development, we would love to be a part of your village!  Remember, Babies Can’t Wait!  Contact the Parent Education –Infant Development Program of the RACSB:   http://www.racsb.state.va.us/

 

Come meet and support fellow “villagers” in the Fredericksburg-Area:

Sunshine Event for Baby Brent

For more information contact Heather Frye (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) or Jen Sullivan (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.)

Saturday, July 12, 2014 from 12:00 PM to 6:00 PM (PDT)

Fredericksburg, VA

 

FAMILY FRIENDLY CHARITY EVENT.Tickets are $5 each and children 12 and under get in free.

This is a charity event for a local family who has a child was born with a major heart defect and has had many complications and overcome numerous near death experiences and still needs a bone marrow or thymus transplant to survive. His body has no T-cells due to his condition. Brent's family has incurred time missed from work, hundreds of thousands of dollars in bills and expenses and they need our help.

Read Brent's story here: http://discoveringabeautifulheart.blogspot.com/

Please support this local Fredericksburg family by helping them with their journey.  Sometimes the best way to grow your own village is by aideing someone else!

Find out more about the event online at www.sunshineevent.eventbrite.com

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About Brandie

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Join my blog to find early childhood developmental tips, tidbits, strategies, and activities to support children and families.   As a mother of multiple sons (18, 14, 8, 6, and 3), I know that life can be hectic, so all strategies and activities can fit in the context of daily routines and places families typically go.

I am enthusiastic about supporting families who have concerns about their child’s development and helping connect them to desired resources.

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