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What are some ways to support parents in my community?

Being a parent is a complex role under any condition, but some family conditions can separate and isolate family members from extended family support networks. In such cases, the community must provide encouragement and support. Parents can find formal support through professional services, but the informal support from family and friends provides vital parenting resources. These resources are similar to the needs of children including: emotional reassurance, social contacts, as well as material and physical assistance. The following ideas may be useful in making your community a place that supports parents:

  • Offer assistance to parents who are under stress;
  • Be knowledgeable of community resources that might be helpful to parents;
  • Support community and workplace policies that support parents such as child care and parenting programs; and
  • Participate in neighborhood watch programs.



Leanne Spengler, former Human Development Specialist, Human Environmental Sciences, University of Missouri Extension




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