Feeling Isolated as a Parent?
You're Not Alone.
Published March 25, 2019 by Caleb @ Wana
Please welcome Guest Blogger Caleb Padilla, a freshman at California State University Dominguez Hills contributing his spring semester to building tight local communities as a Wana intern! He's not a parent yet, but he has his own experiences feeling isolated even inside a loving family. Welcome, Caleb, and thank you for sharing your story!
It can be a real challenge if you feel isolated as a parent because, without you knowing it, your kids can feel isolated, too. There are many reasons why you may feel Isolated, like not having enough time to spend with the kids or not enough time to spend on yourself. Life is too full of activities!
Spend Less Work Time, Play More Play Time
Providing for your loved ones is the most important thing, but you don’t want to miss out on providing quality time. Every day acknowledge your child and comfort them when times are tough. The world may be “falling apart” around you but be strong and push through your obstacles, because your strength will reflect on your loved ones. They will gain strength by witnessing your strength.
From my personal experience, my sister was diagnosed with Hodgkin’s Lymphoma in 2016. Before her diagnosis, I was being the brat little brother. My family shed lots of tears alongside my sister. I realized how much I loved my sister when I knew I was close to losing her. She felt the same way when I got hit by a car in 2009. From those experiences, I learned to cherish what you have before it’s gone. Whether it be family, friends, possessions, or kids, “Time will fly and you’ll miss your child being a baby again”. That’s what my sister and Mmm always say.
Don’t Be Afraid to Socialize
It can be a scary thing to do, but socializing will help ease your anxiety in the long run. You don’t have to individually interview people you meet; you can use social apps like Meetup and Facebook. If you are more hands on, you can join local community centers or participate in your child’s school activities. All it takes is a “hello” and the possibilities are endless.
Do you have a friend that needs a hello? Say it!