At MumNet, we're fortunate to have the support of some incredible volunteers. Today Kristine, a long time leader, and member answers the same five questions we always ask, about her MumNet experience.
Name: Kristine Laco
Group: Etobicoke MumNet II
Why did you originally join MumNet?
I originally joined at the suggestion of the When Baby Comes Home group run by Public Health. As our daughter was born after the registration for September, I was contacted by a member and told to keep tight, because I’d be able to register next time. That member held a group in her house for those of us on the waitlist. I remember discussing ‘What do you do for yourself every day?’ I thought I had nothing to contribute because it felt like I did nothing for myself. When all I had to say was, “I shower every day,” it was greeted with a round of applause and a lot of women wishing they could say the same. I felt part of a community that day. I loved that group so much that I was first in line at 5 am the next registration date!
What do you love most about MumNet?
The people you meet. You never feel alone in your parenting struggles when you have MumNetters around. There is always a shoulder to cry on that will be crying on your shoulder with the same stressful story. For those of us without family in Toronto, MumNet becomes an extended family.
Why was being a MumNet Group leader important to you?
I have been a leader seven years at MumNet and have been part of the MumNet mum’s for sixteen years now. I love the opportunity to introduce new mothers and members to the support network that has changed my life. It gives other mothers a chance to relax and let someone else take care of them when they feel that all they do is take care of others.
What is one thing MumNet taught you?
MumNet has taught me I am not alone. The mothers I met sustained me through post partum depression, my mothering insecurities, deciding not to go back to work, and now through the stress of having teenagers. Our homes and children are different, but I always feel understood and supported at our sessions and beyond.
What would you say to other moms considering joining MumNet?
Get registered! You don’t have to wait in line at 5 am anymore, but it is worth the effort of getting out of bed and to your computer. Not only will it change your experience of community in a world where personal connections are harder to make, but you will also be helping others through one of the most challenging and rewarding experiences they will ever be part of as you help yourself.
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