Find an on­line com­mu­nity to beat the baby blues

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Be­com­ing a par­ent turns your life up­side down. Even if you’ve spent nine months pre­par­ing for it, re­al­ity is noth­ing like your ex­pec­ta­tions. Wel­come to a kalei­do­scope of raw emo­tions, hard labour and sleep de­pri­va­tion – a com­bi­na­tion usu­ally re­served for tor­ture ex­per­i­ments. As a par­ent, whether you’re a new mum or dad, once your part­ner goes back to work and you’re do­ing late night feeds or nap­time, it’s easy to find your­self out of your depth and in need of some like­minded ad­vice, or a cof­fee pal on whom you can off­load. So, where do most new mums turn to find oth­ers in a sim­i­lar sit­u­a­tion? They go on­line.

‘So­cial me­dia is where mem­o­ries are stored’

The web of­fers up a gal­axy of so­lu­tions, ad­vice and sup­port from par­ents across the world by way of In­sta­mums, mummy blog­gers and daddy vlog­gers – think New Zealand faves such as ‘How to Dad’ Jor­dan Wat­son and Blessed in Dou­bles’ Zoe and Ju­nior Fuimaono. And when it comes to so­cial net­works such as Face­book, within a few clicks you can find a lo­cal cof­fee group, com­mu­nity meet-ups or fast ad­vice 24/7. Here, we get the in­side story from three Kiwi mums on their jour­ney of par­ent­ing. By shar­ing their own ex­pe­ri­ences, they are con­nect­ing women around the coun­try through daily posts on In­sta­gram, Face­book and their per­sonal blogs.

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