Bringing Back The Village!
“‘It takes a village to raise a child’ – African proverb
We’re all familiar with the above quote and its implications but the reality is that for many of us in this contemporary society the village is no longer a concept that features prominently in our social structures. Part of this, I believe, is that we have constructed a modern idea of what motherhood is and it’s far from realistic.
The idea goes a little bit like this:
She is a university graduate who, when she starts a family, is obviously overqualified for this menial role and does everything with aplomb. She keeps not only a clean and tidy house, but also one that could easily win interior design awards. But, not content with merely domesticity she also has her own successful blog which, from advertisements and product reviews she generates an income of note, pins her amazing creations on Pinterest where they are quickly pinned by her followers and, just as an aside, she raises well-adjusted and academically gifted children.
She is a one woman show who doesn’t need a supporting cast.
Except, of course, that she does.
You see, in reality she can’t keep on top of the housework, her blog has not been updated in months and she only really had a handful of people ever visit it, and scrolling through Pinterest leaves her with feelings of inadequacy. Her children are far from well-behaved and quite frankly, she’s beginning to wonder if she’s an ineffective parent altogether.
We’ve all been there.
But the truth is, that we don’t have to stay there. We are not a one woman show and we really need a supporting cast. In fact we need more than that, we need a village.
We, especially women, crave emotional connections. We need conversations and community. We are relational beings and often the hardest moments in life are those times that we feel alone.
Young Catholic Mums, for many of us, has created a network where we can get in contact with other mums in similar situations. And this online presence is fantastic, but what if we could use YCM as a springboard to relationships that are a little more tangible? Ones that see us meeting face to face, not just viewing each other’s profile pictures?” read more..
Taken from “Welcome to the Village‘ by Emily Shaw
As women and mothers, we have a natural desire for fellowship with others. Our Catholic faith also teaches that fellowship among believers is not only good, but necessary. We are not just individuals, but together we are the body of Christ [1 Corinthians 12:27]. And Christ prayed that we would be one, as he and the Father are one [John 17:21]. Acts 4:32-37 tells us of how the early Christians were so tight knit that they shared their possessions so that none of them were ever in need.
You may have heard the saying “It takes a village to raise a child”. This sentiment is really not far from our Catholic understanding of community. We need the support of our brothers and sisters in Christ to stay strong in the faith. This in turn affects our witness to our families and guides our parenting. Not to mention the support of having others who care watching out for us and our families, both spiritually and practically.
So inspired by this concept, in a culture where many of us find ourselves in some way isolated from family, friends and like-minded mum who share our faith, we are working to “bring back the village”.
To create a “village” of mums.
A local network of like minded women who connect off-line in a face to face community.
This creates the opportunity to build life long friendships and a real sense of community in your local area.
This group will be invaluable particularly for those times of need. For prayer, advice, practical help, support and of course friendship.
When you are overrun, overworked, overwhelmed or just plain over it!
Areas of Assistance
Preparing meals, Babysitting, Cleaning/Housework, Assisting Mum at home, Assisting Mum while Out, Social Visit/Outing, Donating goods.
Promoting existing groups and creating new groups for mums to connect with, such as Mums and Bubs groups, Homeschooling groups, Homemakers groups, Family Day groups.
Providing support for mums who are interested in starting a group.
Encouraging and supporting these groups to establish a volunteer based model of providing the practical assistance mentioned above to mums and their families within their groups who are in need.
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