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
Last update: Tuesday, June 24, 2014