It’s 2 am and you’re still awake, worrying, stressed, tired, and maybe even overwhelmed. Yes, we’ve all been there. There’s no parenthood without problems. But with the right family resources, you don’t ever need to face them alone.
This guide covers all the types of family resources available for expecting, new and stressed parents. There’s something for all troubles big and small, all parents, all kids, and all families. There’s no judgment here!
Find out what kind of resource, help, or service you need (and where to find it) below.
Feeling that little bundle of joy growing day by day is an unforgettable experience. But while it’s an exciting time, it can also be a source of anxiety and worry. How do you feel about parenthood?
These family resources are aimed at helping you become a parent with more confidence.
Online resources for expecting parents are vast. Where do you start?
Try the self-help and educational section of The Monkey Mashup. There’s everything you need to know about having a healthy pregnancy, from prenatal exercises to tricks to sleep comfortably.
The other great thing about online resources are the communities! Read other parent’s experiences and go through your pregnancy with others, or by joining events. Community forums and Facebook parent meet-up groups are full of friendly faces ready to answer your questions too.
If you like to read, parenting books are a great way to discover what’s in store. Here are a few books we recommend:
While parenting book resources are great, they can also be a little intimidating. It’s good to talk about what you read with other moms and listen to real-life experiences too, in a no-judgment environment.
We have an extensive library of positive articles to read, plus parenting book reviews (coming soon) to help you decide what to read next.
A prenatal class is an excellent way to prepare yourself for labor, birth, and those first days of parenthood. If you’re feeling anxious because you don’t know what to expect, prenatal classes will help.
You’ll feel confident in no time.
In your class, you’ll learn about what happens to your body during labor and childbirth, the medical procedures, plus essential information about pain relief options, birth positions, breathing, and relaxation techniques.
Classes are varied too. You can attend a women-only class, couple’s classes, and even prenatal yoga classes. Find prenatal classes to join locally or virtually, from the events section.
A doula is your pregnancy cheerleader, providing physical and emotional support throughout your pregnancy and the postpartum period. A doula takes care of the parents, before childbirth, during labor, and after delivery.
The main benefit of a doula is the comfort they provide! Your doula is a fountain of knowledge about pregnancy and childbirth.
Although doulas aren’t medical professionals, they are trained and certified to help in various ways, from relaxation techniques and prenatal massages to teaching you how to care for your newborn.
We have all kinds of doulas available to help.
Okay, you’ve finally got your newborn to settle down. Now what?
If the first days and weeks of parenthood have left you feeling a little stressed and unsure - or you just want someone to talk to - then these family resources are for you.
If you enjoyed a yummy prenatal massage, you know just how much magic a masseuse can perform.
A postnatal masseuse is trained to carefully massage your body to reduce soreness and ease your aching muscles after childbirth. Many new moms find an emotional release through postnatal massage too, as they let go of the stress that accompanies childbirth and newborn care.
As a new mom, it’s important to take good care of yourself as well as your baby.
Before you check our list of qualified postnatal massage providers, check with your doctor to make sure it’s safe for your body.
Some parenting techniques come naturally to all of us, but there’s still so much we can learn. Instead of feeling overwhelmed, there are plenty of helpful newborn parenting classes that can restore your confidence as a parent.
If you’re worried about time constraints or finding the energy to even leave the house, don’t worry. We have plenty of local and virtual classes to explore.
If you’re concerned, unsure, or just a bit embarrassed by breastfeeding, a lactation consultant or counselor can help. These professionals can do anything from answering questions to teaching the best techniques, and helping you through any troubles.
Maybe nursing is painful, you aren’t lactating enough to keep up with your hungry baby, or the whole experience is stressful. Lactation counseling is there to help you through it.
You can also find plenty of helpful articles about breastfeeding in The Monkey Mashup Magazine.
A baby nurse is a nurse for your baby. Simple! These trained baby nurse specialists help you care for your baby in those first days and weeks. They provide general guidance and assistance with everything from breastfeeding to changing diapers to healthy newborn sleeping patterns. If you have questions, concerns, or just need a helping hand, a baby nurse can do that too.
You can also find neonatal nurses who are trained to help infants with specific health conditions, disabilities, and surgical problems. Their help will be invaluable, and it allows you time to recuperate, catch up on sleep, and feel confident as a parent.
Chronic sleep deprivation is not something you should downplay. We’ve written extensively on the topic, providing lots of helpful advice and positive articles. This is because ensuring both you and your baby get plenty of rest is so important for your wellbeing.
If you feel like your sleeping patterns are spiraling out of control, a baby sleep specialist is a professional that’s trained to help. They’ll help you train your baby with safe sleeping practices that help you catch some zzzs too.
If none of the family resources listed so far seem right for you, there are plenty of other general services and professionals that can help. Maybe you just want someone to talk to about your problems, or a friend to compare newborn stories with.
There is so much support available if you reach out. Take a look at parenting therapy and counseling options below, or join a community. A ‘parent-tribe’ can help you sort out babysitting, play dates, and social events where you can finally have an adult conversation again!
Getting out of the house for some fresh air and a visit to Starbucks can make all the difference to your wellbeing. And if that’s not possible, we have plenty of virtual events and classes you can join through The Monkey Mashup.
In an emergency, always call 911 and head to your nearest hospital.
Postpartum depression can affect either parent in various ways. Sometimes it’s hard to spot, but here are the common symptoms to look for:
Postpartum depression is common, with 10-15% of all women experiencing it, not to mention their partners. You should reach out to one of our licensed therapists - there’s no reason to go through this alone. You can also check with your insurance company and visit your nearest hospital to find help.
For more detailed information about how to find a therapist for your postpartum depression, read our article.
How often do you wish you had an extra pair of helping hands, even if just for an hour? Whether you’ve got troubled teenagers or troublesome toddlers on your plate, there are family resources designed to help.
Single moms, and let’s not forget single dads, have a lot to deal with. Something as simple as spending an afternoon with your kids, or getting time off work to see the school talent show, is difficult when you’re managing everything solo.
As a single parent, you have a range of financial and helpful resources available:
You can also find a range of childcare options and events to keep the kids occupied through The Monkey Mashup, or just join a community to chat and share tips with other single parents.
As a young parent, you might be eligible for some or all of the financial grants listed above. There are also many support groups, communities, and even therapists that are ready to help you. Meet others locally or virtually, or have individual sessions with professionals to get advice.
It can be a struggle, balancing parenthood with your education or starting a career. If you just need to let off steam, get some advice, or talk to other young parents, there are family resources available.
Parenting therapy and parenting counseling are all about helping you be a parent. Maybe that means you need help communicating with your adolescent kids, or assistance getting through a tough time emotionally.
Parent therapy is very versatile and can suit a range of problems. If you need time alone, individual therapy sessions can help you take a break, or you can try group therapy with your kids or just your partner, to work through issues that aren’t easily resolved at home.
While therapists target and diagnose specific problems with their medical training, a parent coach provides more general guidance. They can help you feel more comfortable and successful as a parent, providing tips, ideas, and methods to help you create a calmer, more balanced home life.
Parent coaching can include online coaching groups, where you meet other parents and learn new parenting techniques together, or e-courses and classes, and even in-person visits.
Try a virtual coaching call or video chat the next time you’re feeling a little lost.
Many parents find a class environment to be very beneficial. We highly recommend you consider joining events, classes, meet-ups, and parent tribes for extra support!
You don’t even need to leave the house or call a babysitter, with some virtual classes and forums.
Connecting with other parents who are facing the same struggles as you is a brilliant way to find help, share war stories, and grow! You don’t have to do this alone.
Finding family resources for any reason, big or small, is a brilliant first step towards growth. Improving your wellbeing as a parent, finding professional help when you need it, and connecting with others are the fundamental goals that The Monkey Mashup is built on.
There’s no shame in asking for help, and no judgment when you receive it.
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