One of the things that mothers hope for their children is that they grow up to stand on their own to feet, both literally and figuratively. Although we risk suffering from empty nest syndrome when they go abroad or to university, it’s important that we teach them to be self-reliant, so that they are capable of taking care of themselves and others in the future.
The process of becoming a self-sufficient adult starts at a very young age in school. Children all over the world are learning how to be intellectually and emotionally independent with the help of education, even kids in developing nations. UnaKids is a nonprofit organisation that has responded well to the needs of children in war-torn countries, supporting them with health and education initiatives to encourage self-sufficiency. Unfortunately, a number of communities are still lacking the proper support, and it’s not just limited to support for children, but rather for varying age and social groups. One group in particular that needs our help is new and expecting parents.
Everyone knows that having a child is quite costly. An article on The Telegraph says that it now costs £229,251 to raise a child in the UK. Research demonstrates that the average cost has increased by 63 percent since 2003 when the survey was first conducted. Not everyone can afford consultations with highly rated OB-GYNs or enlist their kid in the best childcare program, but sometimes all that an expecting family needs is access to the right information so that they too can be independent and raise an independent child together.
This is where we come in. Young pregnant women and expecting families need all the help they can get, so here are a few organizations that are worth contributing to.
Known as the largest pro-life enterprise in all of UK, LIFE is all about helping women facing critical pregnancy problems, losses, abortions, as well as educating the next generation on pregnancy issues. Their core services include a national helpline, a text-to-talk service, various care centres, housing for pregnant women, and lastly education programs that inspire independent thinking in relationships, sexual health, and others.
NCT focus their attention on parents and families as whole, providing them with information and support from fellow parents to shape a better future for their kids. Other than supplying information on pregnancy, birth, and parenting, they also organise campaigns to improve maternity care and make sure that every parent has access to all their activities and services. There are numerous ways that you can get involved with NCT.
Maternity Action is a charity dedicated to promoting the wellbeing of pregnant women, their partners, and their children. They aim to eliminate any stigmas or inequalities associated with expecting mothers with campaigns, consultancy, training, and ongoing research. They also inform parents of their rights and health care benefits. For more information on how you can help, visit their website.
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