How To Find The Perfect Mom Group

Ready to socialize again? A mom group can be a great place to start. Here's how to find the right one for you and your child!


 

Ready to leave the post-birth nest and make your foray back into the social game again? A mom group is a great place to start. Affording you a dose of hangout time with like-minded women and your kid an introduction to the social world, these devoted communities often play a valuable role in new moms lives. 

Don't put it off — start looking for your group now! Here’s what you need to know in order to make it happen.  

What Can a Mom Group Do for You? 

Generally, a mom group offers a one-stop-social-shop for you and your kid. You get some adult interaction and don't have to worry about accomodating your kid, and your kid gets to meet and play with other children. A group might hit a park, a museum, baby friendly café, etc. Groups may meet for an afternoon once per week or so. It’s all about support, companionship and solidarity. 

Why join? Aside from a safe place to talk about the highs and the lows, a mom group can really expand your support circle. Not to mention, potentially make some life-long friends. 

Assess Your Needs

Consider your specific needs/concerns, so you can find an organization that will cater to your situation. Are you suffering from postpartum depression and like the idea of meeting other moms who are going through the same thig? Are you a single mom? Caring for a disabled child? Working full time?

There are many niche groups out there that cater to different needs. Figure out what it is you want from a mom group, and then set out to find the crew that will be able to provide.

Find Your Group!

Depending on where you live, finding a mom’s group near you could require some active seeking. Check out community hubs like community centres, your public library, your paediatrician office, churches, the local paper, etc. Don't forget word of mouth - ask your friends to ask their friends, or ask the next mom you find yourself chatting with in line at the grocery store. 

There are many resources online, too. Check out Meetup.com, a site devoted to helping people all over the world create or find groups for everyone from chess players to young professionals to new language speakers. Chances are there’s a meetup group for moms near you. 

Other great web sites for finding a moms group include MomMeetMom.com, a site started by three women who wished there was something they could do to take the stress out of meeting other moms. It uses a matching system to help users meet local moms with similar interests, schedules, families, and personalities. There's also International Moms Club, a site designed specifically for at-home moms. 

Or, Start Your Own

Still can’t find what you’re looking for? You could always take a page from International Mom Club’s Mary James book and start your own mom group. James started hers from scratch, and it now brings together over 50,000 members across the world.  

"I needed a group like this and got tired of waiting for someone else to start one!" James tells Babycentre.com. "Many women find specific support for at-home mothers the biggest benefit to joining. The new mothers learn from the experienced moms and the experienced moms often have second or third children the same age as the newer moms," she says. 

If you’ve got acess to a big social circle or know alot of moms, why not spread the word and pull together your own group? Do whatever you need to do to pull together your best support circle — your efforts will pay off.  

 
 

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