How To Find A Mom Group

On maternity leave and desperate for a little adult conversation? Joining a mothers' group can be a great source of support and companionship in the early years of parenthood


 

Life-long friendships have been formed by parents and kids from meeting in mom groups. Aside from being a great way to spend days and entertain children while having some adults to talk to, mom groups can be a great source of support and companionship. Here are some ways to find the perfect moms group for you.

Momstown

Momstown.ca is a great organization that hosts events and playgroups for moms in towns across Canada. If you’re new to a neighbourhood or are the only one of your neighbours at home with small children, a Momstown chapter in your area is a great and easy place to meet some friends. There is a small fee to register with Momstown.

Social Media

If you’re a mom who doesn’t have time for mid-day play dates and you just need a place to talk, vent, commiserate or seek advice, mom groups on Facebook and parent-based chat boards offer easy and convenient options to chat with other moms. Wonderful friendships can be forged this way and can easily lead to face to face meeting.

Social media is also a great way to meet moms across the country to learn about regional differences and influences and experiences. Who says mom groups all have to be local?

Religious institutions

Even if you’re not particularly religious, churches, and synagogues and other places of worship often offer opportunities for parent meet ups and programs. Some even offer babysitting opportunities so that moms can drop off their kids and go grab a coffee to have some adult time to chat. If you are more religious it is also a great opportunity to meet moms with similar values.

Community centres and government programs

In Ontario, The Early Years Centres offer fantastic programing for children and for parents to interact and have fun. These free programs offer a great opportunity to meet other parents and children in the neighbourhood along with some directed programming. All provinces in Canada offer their own version of EYCs. Checking a local government website will direct you to the centres in your province.

Community centres offer a wide variety of mom and child classes that you can register for but most centres will also offer drop-in programs as well. These programs offer a great opportunity to meet other moms in a more structured environment with an activity built right in.

Libraries

Like community centres, libraries often have programming for young children and their parents where they can go together to interact and meet other families.  Programs in libraries tend to require registration but unlike drop ins, the groups stay consistent for the length of the program and offer a great opportunity to meet other moms. 

Meetup.com

Meetup is the world's largest network of local groups. Search for mom groups based on your location or interests and meet at local coffee shops or parks with like-minded parents.

Fitness groups

Prenatal yoga or new-moms fitness groups are great ways to meet moms with similar aged babies

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