Postnatal A-Z: V for It takes a Village
Today's Postnatal A-Z covers V for It takes a Village. I love this African proverb and it also makes me think of elephants and their beautiful way of looking out for each other. With many mums living far away from their parents, grandparents, siblings, aunts, uncles and cousins, raising a child is harder than it could be. FaceTime, social media and Zoom keep us virtually connected to our nearest and dearest but it's often the small, in-person touches that have the biggest impact. Imagine a kind aunt stopping by one afternoon to take your child(ren) to the park so that you can get some rest or catch up on life admin. Or your mum dropping off a home-made meal so that you don't have to think about what to cook for your fussy child, let alone prepare it. Whenever I visit my mum in Sweden or my sister in Spain I often feel a little melancholic as it's so nice to spend quality-time with family, especially when you have young children. I know it's not the same but in London the solution is definitely to surround yourself with good friends who can sometimes give you a helping hand, and vice versa. It still takes a village, even if that village looks a little different to what it used to.