Hillary Clinton聽(and anyone who has raised a child) was right: It does indeed take a village to raise a child. If you don鈥檛 have a supportive group at the ready to embrace, utilize, and to beg for last-minute babysitting,聽you know what you gotta do? Make your own village. It takes time, but the support and empathy you鈥檒l get from your new parent-based community is worth the effort. They鈥檒l be there for the good times (playdates!) and the bad (tantrums), and you might just make brand-new BFFs. Here are five tips to help you build聽your own parenting tribe.

1. Join an online parenting group.聽Before you meet anyone IRL, try joining a few online parenting groups. While it鈥檚 beneficial to have the groups near your home in case you want to eventually meet in-person, sometimes distance doesn鈥檛 matter. You could have a BFF mom group where the members live hundreds of miles away from you, but when you鈥檙e chatting online, it feels as if they鈥檙e in the same room. While they can鈥檛 be in your living room trading stories over tea, they鈥檒l be there for you with advice morning, noon, and night. Search for local groups on bigtent.com or join an active group on Facebook.

2. Join an IRL social club for moms.聽Online, you鈥檒l be able to cast a way wider net for fellow like-minded parents (there seems to be a group for everyone), but IRL support is invaluable. Not only will your kids make new friends, but you鈥檒l learn about the local schools, babysitters, family-friendly restaurants, and much more. To find the perfect parenting group, you might be able to just Google one. Example: In San Francisco, you can find meet-ups with the Golden Gate Mothers Group, Mommies of the Richmond, San Francisco Parents of Multiples, and Black Moms of San Francisco.

3. Enjoy a local storytime.聽Do a bit of research and odds are you鈥檒l find a kids鈥 story time at your聽local library, bookstore, or rec center. Before and after the actual story time is a great time to meet and chat with other parents, so plan to get there a little early. The activity will give you an easy opener for convos and a fun way for your kid to connect with other little ones. Watch as the playdates and parenting聽friendships bloom.

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4. Hang out at playgrounds. If you have an active child (and really, what kid isn鈥檛), then you鈥檒l probably end up spending countless hours at the park,聽so make the best of it. Don鈥檛 keep your eyes glued on your phone or be so immersed with your child that you don鈥檛 interact with the other adults at the playground. Let your child play, stop checking Facebook, and talk with other moms and dads hanging at the playground.

5. Take your babe to classes.聽Pre-schools are an amazing resource for parents. You鈥檙e surrounded by parents that probably live nearby, have the same-aged kids, and may share your particular parenting philosophy (be it a co-op, Montessori, or language immersion). But if your little one isn鈥檛 yet of pre-school age, you can still reap the social rewards by signing them up for various classes, such as a聽鈥渕ommy-and-me鈥 activity,聽a kiddie ballet, or music class.

Have you met any mom friends these ways? Tweet us @BritandCo and let us know!

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