The other day my husband and I took a few of the kids out for pizza as a big treat- our waiter was great and he saw one of my kids trying to cut up their pizza (my seven year old), he bent down and said "mom, may I show her how to do this"- I said "sure!"- he mentioned that he always tries to help because it takes a village.
What are your thoughts on the 'village' theory of parenting? Do you have a village surrounding you that you can depend on for a hand when you need it?
It can be rough to not have family close- sounds like you have some friends surrounding you though- and strangers can be a good resource too of course- as you said!