Returning to work after parental leave, bedtime battles, behavior issues and sleep deprivation can make parenting children in the early years (0-3 years) particularly stressful. The good news is that many others – including your peers – have gone through many of the same challenges and can support you.
Who this program serves: men and women faculty and trainees with one or more children in the early years (newborn-3 years of age).
Objectives of the Program: To reduce the stress and social isolation associated with being a working parent of young children by facilitating a 1:1 informal supportive relationship between a parent with children in the early years and a peer parent who shares similar experiences.
How this program works: Peer supporters provide an empathetic ear, share their experiences with the same issues with which you are dealing, provide information on resources available at UNC and in the community, and support you in a setting that is safe and non-judgmental. The peer supporter is not in the role of advisor, coach, or therapist.
If you are interested in receiving peer support or want more information on the program complete a brief confidential questionnaire and program facilitators will contact you.
If you are experiencing significant emotional distress that is interfering with your parenting, relationships, or work you should instead seek assistance from the UNC Center for Women’s Mood Disorders or a provider of your choice.