Secretly, I think the ultimate training manual would be a book that describes how the art of mothering is accomplished across cultures. I read "Bringing Up Bebe" (which describes French parenting) before my first baby and have been so grateful for the things I learned. I've always wanted to learn about how moms all over the world do things just to know what the options are and select the ones that would work best for our family. Perhaps this mentoring program would be one way to bring such a book into existence. :)
I have thought about that and can't decide if it would be best to have the mentors choose (that's how it always happens in books) or have the new moms choose. Paramount to the success of this idea is both the mentors and new moms feeling comfortable with whoever they're paired with.
At this point I've mostly pictured training as reading informational books. However, I would also love to see each mentor identify an area of expertise -- something aspect of mothering they're really good at/passionate about -- then share what they know with other mentors and/or new moms. I haven't yet looked into other training programs for ideas but definitely should. Any suggestions on where to start?
Great question. So far I've pictured there being a physical building, a "center" where moms would come together and pair up. However, the idea of an app or website is really intriguing. Although I think face-to-face would be the best way to connect in this type of mentoring relationship it's definitely not the only way and perhaps connecting remotely could work better in some cases. Thanks for your question and idea!