Updated: Mar 17
As parents, we are focused on our children's health and well-being. We want them to eat well, exercise, get enough sleep, and stay healthy. But did you know that building a community can be a powerful tool for improving health outcomes? Research has shown that social support can have a significant impact on health, reducing stress and depression and improving overall well-being.
So how can you build a community for your family? Here are a few tips to get you started:
1. Get involved in your community:
One of the easiest ways to build a community is to get involved in your local community.
Join a local parent group, volunteer at your child's school, or participate in community
events. By getting involved, you'll have the opportunity to meet other parents and build
relationships that can lead to social support.
Attending community events can also provide an opportunity to learn more about healthy living and connect with local resources. For example, you might attend a health fair where you can learn about healthy eating, exercise programs, and local healthcare
2. Connect with other parents:
Take the time to connect with other parents in your child's school or extracurricular
activities. You may find that you have a lot in common and can offer each other support
and encouragement. This can be especially helpful during stressful times, such as when
your child is struggling with a difficult issue.
Building relationships with other parents can also provide opportunities for your children
to socialize with others outside of school. Playdates, park outings, and other activities
can help children build social skills, improve their mental health, and enhance their
3. Join the Treehouse Community:
The Treehouse Community is an amazing resource for parents to connect and build a
strong community. By joining groups that cater to your specific needs, such as those in
your local area or with children of the same age as yours, you can begin to develop a
supportive circle of friends. This not only provides an opportunity for you to share
experiences and advice, but also to create lasting connections with other like-minded
You can also connect with allied healthcare providers who can support your family for
areas such as lactation, nutrition, child development/behaviour, and more! This platform
gives you access to trusted expert advice and evidence-based information.
4. Attend events and classes:
Discovering and attending events and classes in your community that align with your
interests and cater to your family can be a wonderful way to meet like-minded parents
and establish meaningful connections. Not only do these activities provide an
opportunity for you to expand your knowledge and skills, but they also create a
welcoming space for you to interact with others who share similar passions.
By immersing yourself in the community, you can build relationships that will enrich your
family's lives and create lasting memories. Explore the diverse offerings available in your
area and discover the joys of connecting with other families.
By building a community for your family, you'll be creating a support network that can have a significant impact on your health and well-being. So why not start today? Get involved in your community, join Treehouse, and build relationships that will last a lifetime.
Julia Slanina is the founder and CEO of Treehouse, a company on a mission to create a
stronger healthcare system that benefits everyone, with a particular focus on making family healthcare more accessible and convenient for all.