How do you build your family network?
Written by: Melanie Schlachter
Who is in your family support network? Studies show one of the top 7 things happy families have is a strong support network - or mom friends!
I recenly chatted with Alison de Castro, host of the new family television program Playground Chicago, to discuss ways to build your network.
Here are some top tips:
Make it a point to get out of the house! Pick events or outings to go to where you’ll be in the position of meeting people. I suggest finding a moms group - NPN has groups specifically for new moms where they meet three weeks in a row in someone’s home. More times than not, these moms continue to meet past the first three weeks and end up becoming great friends.
Take a class "with" your little one. Check out postnatal fitness, baby food making, family photography, even get yournails done while your little one plays - check out our calendar for more ideas!
Schedule playdates – whether you’re a working mom, stay at home or somewhere in between, once you get into a regular routine of seeing the same group of people, in the same boat, doing an activity you enjoy, you'll automatically create bonds. The city will suddently feel much smaller.
Making new friends is a lot like dating. Don't be afriend to put yourself out there, introduce yourself and ask for people's contact information. Offer a hand to a mom in need - a bandaid or shared snack at the park just might turn into a longer-term friendship.
For more family-friendly tips, activities and resources, check out Playground Chicago, premiering on WTTW Channel 11 at 11 a.m. on July 12, with a second airing at 12:30 p.m. on July 13. WTTW Prime (channel 11.2 over the air, Comcast channel 370) will air encore presentations at 6:30 p.m. on July 14 and 6 p.m. on July 17. This new show gives families the inside scoop on the area’s hottest attractions, as well as helpful how to segments devoted to cooking, parenting and family life. Click here for a sneak peak!
Photo courtesy: Eva Ho PhotographyPosted on July 11, 2014 at 1:17 PM