Tools for connecting
Tools for Parents
Tools for Villagers
Tools for Everyone
So how do we become a coconnected community? How do we create a village mentality in our neighborhoods? It starts with each of us individually reaching out to make a connection.
Tips on how to connect
Tips for Parents
Parenting is hard, but you are not alone!
But you are not alone. The challenges you face are the same challenges others face. You might feel alone in your struggles as a parent, but more often than not, others have similar struggles. A recent survey showed that:
- 77% of Coloradans agree that asking for support when I need it helps strengthen my family.
- 73% of Coloradans like having help thinking through a problem.
- 83% of Coloradans agree it is good when parents have someone to ask for advice about parenting.
It’s okay to ask for help. We all need support.
But the truth is we ALL need support. No one can do it alone. Even though it is easy to feel like we have to do everything ourselves. Humans are social creatures and it is perfectly normal for people to need other people. Most parents enjoy having others around who they can get support from and offer support to:
- 91% of Coloradans want to live in a community where people look out for one another.
- People are willing to help. Even though we may feel alone, others in our community are more willing to help than we think. A recent survey of Coloradans shows over 90% would be willing to support parents with things like dropping off a meal, providing childcare so parents can run an errand, giving comfort when a parent is worried or upset, and other supportive gestures.
- 89% of Coloradans agree that offering support to others grows a sense of community.
We are all better together.
- Increased happiness.
- Better health.
- A longer life.
You can create your village.
- Reach out. Taking the first step to make a connection is as simple as sending a message. Use our tools below to make it easier.
- Say what you need. Be specific about how people can support you. Most people want to be helpful, and appreciate knowing how.
- It’s okay to be vulnerable. Remember the song, Lean on me? “No one can fill, those of your needs, that you don’t let show.” (If you are too young, google it, and watch the movie! It’s a classic.)
Tips for Villagers
Be part of your community village.
There is collective power in community co-parenting. Family and community connections and supportive networks help to lessen stress and build positive behaviors in kids and adults. It’s time to come together as a community to be the change we seek. Everyone wins when we focus on all families having healthy connections.
Rethink the neighborhood watch.
It’s a give and take.
- 67% of Coloradans agree that when others are willing to share about their struggles, they are more willing to open up about their needs and ask for support.
Offer practical support.
When families thrive, communities thrive.
Social connections have been shown to:
- Decrease social isolation
- Improve the overall physical and mental health of all community members including parents, children, and elder adults
- Induce a sense of belonging where people feel welcome
- Reduce crime and increase safety
- Provide stability
- Strengthen families
In short, everyone has something to gain by being connected.
Learn more about how Community Organizations help build villages
Send your parent friends a reminder that they can count on you!
We set notifications for meetings, holidays, focus time and happy hours. So why not set a reminder to encourage the parents in our village how awesome they are doing? Send these notes of encouragement to every parent you know!