Do you have someone you can vent to? Do you keep your emotions inside, building up?
If you are like me, you have a lot of stressors going on. You have several irons in the fire. You have LOTS of emotions!!
Yes!! I’m talking to YOU!! How do you handle your stressors? How do you cope with the emotions?
Do you have someone you can vent to? If you are a single mom or a mom that is single because dad is away often, finding someone to confide in is sooo important!!
If you are a Special Needs Mom, married or single, it is more important to connect with other moms that understand what you are going through!
I have a group of friends that “get it”? While some don’t know exactly what I’m going through, they know! They understand!
I have five resources for building a community for yourself!
Join a Special Needs Bible Study!! This is a great way to get into God’s Word and support each other at the same time. You can pray for and encourage one another, building a bond! I know of a Bible Study in the KC area (Overland Park, KS) that is going on on Tues nights! More info about Grace Church in Overland Park is Here
Join a Special Needs Support Group!! - This can be Christian based at a church or on your own. Some churches support the SN Community and they will have a support group in place. The church I attend has a SN support group that meets the 3rd Sunday of the month!! They also have a respite night for parents of SN Kids and the siblings as well! Check out Abundant Life Here!!!
Have lunch / connect with a friend on a regular basis!! I love this!! I love to fellowship with other moms. Have coffee, breakfast or lunch. Heck - Who are we kidding!! FOOD!!! Check out the Smoothie Recipe at the bottom!! Set up a once a month, once a week time. You can also meet over Zoom, which in some respects may be easier for a mom to connect!! I'm also in a group that meets to play Bunco!!
Start a Group - If you are not sure if there is a resource available in your area, check out churches. Start a group, meet in your home or a neutral place. Definitely look to connect with other moms/ parents. Check out this book you can do a study with or connect with other moms!! It's a book about a Mom's Journey learning her child has Special Needs!!