I feel that it is important for current young parents to have some sort of leader(s) to look up to and help guide them through their new journey. It can be overwhelming to become a parent at a young age! Many do not know what to do or who to turn to for help. Children are a lot of work and responsibility, and while the reward greatly outweighs the hard work necessary, at times you can feel hopeless. I feel that we young parents with experience, even though our experience may not be perfect, should do what we can to help.
I know what it’s like to have my baby wake up in the middle of the night, screaming in tears, and I don’t know what to do to help. I was scared, and worried she was in some sort of pain. In my grogginess, it took me longer than normal to realize she was just hungry and wanted to know I was there. After a few minutes of breastfeeding, we were both off to sleep. I’m sure I’m not the only one with a similar story, and I’m sure many other young parents would love to share their stories.
Even if there is no defined leader, coming together as a group, I’m confident we can create a nurturing environment for our children to group up in. We just need to engage on another, listen to each other, and help each other out.