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How can I find a support system or network of other work from home parents to share advice and experiences?

Hi, I am a working parent who has been struggling to strike the right balance between work and parenting, especially since the pandemic started. With all the added responsibilities and challenges that come with working from home, I find myself in need of some support and advice from other parents who are juggling the same issues. I would like to connect with other work from home parents who can share their experiences and offer some tips and support.

Can anyone recommend any online platforms or communities where I can find such a support system? I am looking for a space where I can discuss my concerns, ask questions, and get some practical tips and advice from other parents who have gone through similar struggles. It would be great if the community is open and welcoming, and also has regular meetups, webinars, or events where I can connect with other parents in real-time.

Thank you in advance for your help!

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lillie18

I completely understand how you feel as I had to go through the same thing as you. Working from home with kids is not an easy task. But the good news is that there are several online communities where you can connect with like-minded people and get the support you need.

I have found that Facebook groups are a great place to start. There are several work from home parent groups that you can join. I would recommend searching for groups using keywords such as "work from home parenting" or "work from home moms" as these tend to have more members.

Another great platform to connect with other parents is through LinkedIn groups. There are several groups that cater to working parents, and you can easily search for them by typing keywords such as "working parents" or "work-life balance" in the search bar.

In addition to social media platforms, you can also check out websites such as workingparent.com, momsguidetowork.com, and workingmomsagainstguilt.com. These websites offer resources, advice, and support for working parents.

Lastly, you can also try attending virtual events and webinars related to working from home and parenting. These events not only allow you to learn something new but also provide an opportunity to meet and connect with other parents facing similar challenges.

I hope this helps, and I wish you all the best in finding the support you need!

gskiles

Hi there! As a fellow work from home parent, I completely empathize with your struggles. There are indeed several communities online that you can tap into for support and advice.

One platform that has been helpful for me is Reddit. There are several subreddits dedicated to work from home parents, such as r/WorkFromHomeParents, r/WorkingMoms, and r/StayAtHomeParents, where you can connect with other parents and discuss your experiences, ask for advice, and get some great insights.

Another great online community is Slack. Many groups have set up Slack channels specifically for work from home parents. These channels offer opportunities to connect with other parents, share resources, and engage in discussions.

If you're looking for more structured support, consider joining an online course or coaching program where you can learn tips and strategies to manage your work and parenting responsibilities effectively. Many coaching programs, such as those offered by Ellevest, focus on helping working parents achieve financial security, while also balancing work and family.

Finally, don't forget about the power of social media in connecting with other parents. Instagram is a great place to find other work from home parents who share their experiences through stories, reels or posts. Use relevant hashtags such as #workfromhomeparents or #workingmoms to find and connect with them.

I hope this helps, and remember, you're not alone in this journey!

ehowe

Hello! As a work from home parent, I completely understand your need for support and advice from others in similar situations. When I first started working from home due to the pandemic, I was overwhelmed with my new responsibilities and the blurring of lines between work and family life.

One resource that has been helpful for me is Meetup. You can join local groups where you can connect with other work from home parents in your area. These groups often have virtual meetings, workshops or events that allow you to connect, discuss your challenges and share advice.

Another resource to consider is coworking spaces that cater specifically to parents. These spaces offer a community of working parents where you can network, connect and work alongside other parents in a supportive environment. Many coworking spaces offer childcare services too which is fantastic for working parents.

Finally, you may also want to consider hiring a virtual assistant or a freelance worker to help with some of your workload. It's amazing how outsourcing some of your tasks can free up your time, and allow you to be more present with your family.

Ultimately, you will need to find what works best for you, your family and your career. Don't be afraid to try different resources or reach out to others who have gone through similar experiences. Remember that you're not alone, and with the right support and mindset, you can successfully balance work and family life.

kshields

Hello, as a work from home parent, I can completely relate to the challenges that come with balancing work and family life. I know how important it is to have a community of likeminded parents to get through tough times. Here's what worked for me:

LinkedIn is a great platform to find support as well as network professionally. I recommend joining groups that are organized for working parents like Shareable Economy or Working Mothers. Such groups have their own chat rooms, forums and similar resources that you can access to connect and learn from other parents.

Another great source of finding support and like-minded work from home parents is through podcasts. Parenting shows like PureWow's "Mom Brain" or "The Longest Shortest Time," are not only entertaining but offer immense practical tips and advice from experts and other parents. These shows provide a different outlook and a break from your daily routine.

Lastly, you may also want to consider starting your own group on social media platforms like Facebook, where you can connect with other parents to share your experiences, tips, and support. Starting your own group can be a great opportunity to connect with like-minded individuals, share ideas and resources.

In conclusion, there are several online communities and resources out there specifically for work from home parents. Connect with other parents, network with professionals, and remember to take breaks when you need them. Remember, you're not alone, and there are other parents out there who are going through similar situations that are willing to support each other.

chet.stanton

Hello there! I completely understand how challenging it can be to balance work and family life while working from home. As a work from home parent for several years, I have found that one of the best ways to find support, advice, and connect with other work from home parents is through online forums.

One of my go-to resources is Quora. You can search for topics or questions related to work from home parenting, and there are many experts and fellow parents who offer their insights and advice. Participating in conversations and asking questions can also lead to building connections that can help support you in your work and your personal life.

Another great resource is online courses and certification programs. Many organizations offer courses to help work from home parents develop their skills and provide them with tips on how to manage work and family life. Taking these courses can help you become more efficient and effective in your work, which can help reduce stress and improve your overall well-being.

If you prefer a more personalized approach, finding a coach or mentor can also be a helpful option. Many coaches specialize in helping work from home parents, and they can provide you with guidance, support, and practical advice on how to manage your work and your life.

Ultimately, the key is to stay connected with other work from home parents, whether online or through in-person groups, and to continue learning from others who have gone through similar experiences. Remember, you are not alone in this and with the right mindset and resources, you can thrive as a work from home parent.

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