“We believe in the simple but revolutionary idea that remarkable things happen when moms come together,” informs the website for MOPS (Mothers of Preschoolers), an international moms’ group with local chapters found all over the world. Indeed, many local mothers (both novice and experienced) find places of meaningful connections with other moms through local support groups.
Julie Lucas from one of Vancouver’s MOPS chapters, East Vancouver MOPS, says they meet every other week and “have monthly play dates and occasional Mom’s Nights Out. During the summer, we meet up twice a month for play dates, but have no regular meetings.” She further explains, “We currently have about 50 moms in our group. We provide childcare during our meetings, so the moms can get a little break and really have time to connect.”
Who exactly would fit in with a MOPS group? “Our group is specifically for moms who have at least one child who is kindergarten age or younger,” Lucas explains. “We have moms who have college-aged children, but they also still have a little one at home. Some of our other moms are expecting their first child. Besides being a group specifically for moms of young kids, moms of all backgrounds are welcome!”
MOPS meetings begin with brunch and a time to connect with other moms. “Most meetings also include practical and encouraging teaching through speakers and videos,” Lucas says. These speakers address issues such as setting (and keeping!) limits, online security, and family holiday traditions. Lucas continues, “Crafts and other activities are often incorporated as well, but most importantly, we get to have honest conversations with other moms who understand the joys and frustrations of raising young kids.” True to goal of all of the moms’ groups featured in this article, Lucas says the group “really focuses on being a place moms can come to build friendships and get a break from the daily grind of caring for little ones.”
There are many groups listed online, and for some moms, it takes a little time to find a good fit.