[nido member Emily's most recent blog post speaks to a feeling many nido members have experienced- a sense of community found in one another.]
nido is all about community, personally and professionally.
I recently started a new job and let me say: when I told a few people I was sitting with at nido, we all rejoiced together. It’s amazing to be in an environment where women are actually supporting each other. Another woman at the table had just gotten a new job too; another is looking for one and was asking the first about networking. As we all took a short break from our work and talked, I found myself thinking: we really are all in this together.
We’re all working on different things (academic research, writing, real estate), and we’re all working on the same thing: being parents and figuring out how to balance our passion outside the home with our passion inside the home—our families. In my approximately 6 months at nido, I’ve seen bonds form amazingly quickly both on a personal and professional level. I think it’s because we all know we’re in approximately the same season of life, and at nido, we’re living that season together. I’ve “slacked” nido members for professional help, quickly gotten responses, and concretely moved forward professionally because of the advice of other members. I’ve chatted with other moms about labor, the loneliness of parenting young kids when you formerly worked with other adults all day, the expectations others place on you, and the expectations you place on yourself. I’ve laughed about how we all drink so much coffee because parenting little kids can be really exhausting. And laughter really is a kind of medicine.
I’m pretty sure that parents everywhere are thirsting for something like nido: a community that brings kids into the mix; a place for kids to connect and work together, and moms and dads to connect and work together. It’s basically the best of community, holistically: personally, professionally, and with kids included. I think most of us, after all, just don’t want to be alone, and we don’t want to have to figure it all out by ourselves. That’s exhausting. Sometimes we need a boost from a friend or a colleague who is even just one little step ahead. Looking back at my time at nido, I can see that because of the help from, or even just the community togetherness, I’m a step further in some areas than I was when I first started at nido, and now I can give an extra boost to someone else. Through others giving to me, I can now give more to others. That’s how individuals and communities thrive. And, let’s face it, that’s also what makes us all a bit happier along the way.