Find an online community to beat the baby blues
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.