At MumNet, we're fortunate to have the support of some incredible volunteers. Today Josephine, a long time leader, and alum answers the same five questions we always ask, about her MumNet experience.
Name: Josephine McMillen
Group: Etobicoke MumNet I
Why did you originally join MumNet?
I was a bit of a hermit during my first maternity leave and ended up finding it to be quite a lonely experience. During my second leave, I really wanted to make an effort to connect with others who lived nearby.
What do you love most about MumNet?
The social aspect is great! I love hearing about the experiences of mothers who might be at a slightly different stage than I am. Hearing about the joys and struggles of brand new parents, I realize how far I've come. Hearing about those with slightly older kids makes me realize "this too shall pass"! It's a real empathy builder to share experiences in this way.
Why was being a MumNet Group Leader important to you?
I felt that I had something to contribute in terms of leadership and facilitation skills. Being a leader also helped to keep me engaged as a returning member.
What is one thing that MumNet has taught you?
Every stage of parenthood comes with its challenges and there will never be a time that we've "figured it all out". And that's okay. Having company on the journey - someone who can really hear what you are going through - is what's most important for me.
What would you say to other moms considering joining MumNet?
If you are looking to make connections within your neighbourhood, with others who have some shared experiences, in an open and non-judgmental way, MumNet is for you!