At some point or another, most busy parents feel the tug of loneliness. In part, it’s because modern parents do a lot of parenting behind closed doors. We don’t live communally or share in parenting duties, and sometimes, it’s far too easy to become isolated as a result.
The village, as we call it, has become exceedingly hard to locate. It’s why many modern parents, especially stay-at-home parents, who don’t have the opportunity to interact with other adults as much, often cite loneliness as one of the most difficult parenting struggles. The truth is, we have to work harder to connect with one another these days, in the hustle and bustle of modern-day life. But while it’s undoubtedly a challenge, it’s important for every parent's overall well-being.
Even though you are a mother or a father, you still have many important needs outside of parenting, which is why you should strive to make the time and space in your life to find human connection (and not just with your children). Here are 15 simple ways to connect with other parents when you’re feeling alone.