People say it takes a village to raise a child. That's because everyone needs a little help from time to time. There are programs and organizations all throughout South Carolina designed to help you and your child, so don't be afraid to use them. It doesn't mean you're a bad parent or that you've failed. It means you're willing to do whatever it takes to get your child everything he needs.
Know how to get help
- Talk to someone. Tell a friend, health-care provider, counselor or a leader in your faith community how you feel, or join a support group for parents.
- Get babysitting help when you need a break. Some parents trade babysitting with another family, so each parent gets a break.
- Reach out to other parents. You may find parents with children the same ages as yours at a local playground, your church or your child’s daycare or school.
- Call a help line. Childhelp® runs a national 24-hour hotline 800-4-A-CHILD (800-422-4453) for parents who need help or parenting advice.
- Talk to your child’s school. Teachers and school counselors often can point you to other places that can help.
- Take a class for parents. You can always learn new skills to care for your children. Classes for parents on discipline, school success or child development can help you build on what you already know about raising a happy, healthy child.
- Take advantage of government programs. There are lots of programs that help teen parents get healthy food, low-cost daycare, health care, and more. Learn how to get support.
- Find local resources. We've got some great local resources listed on our site.
Get help buying healthy foods
Healthy food can get expensive, but it's important for you and your baby. That's why every state has a special program to help out. You might have heard of WIC before, it stands for Women, Infants, and Children and it helps new moms buy healthy food, like eggs, milk, and bread. Ready to sign up? Find out how you can get WIC benefits.