Good morning everyone!!!! If you follow me on instagram then you know that I mentioned writing a post about MOPS and what it has been to me. MOPS has definitely helped me on this stay-at-home mothering journey and I hope this post inspires you to seek out a group if you are feeling like I felt before I found my local MOPS group.
If you don’t know, MOPS stands for Mother’s of PreSchoolers. MOPS is a global organization that aims at introducing moms who are in the same walk of life in hopes of giving them an opportunity to build a community, a tribe. The basic idea is that moms can get together and fellowship, meet friends, and be able to have a support system during this very hard season of life: raising young children. It is a Christian ministry but all faiths are welcome and at least in my group, the religion isn’t the center of our MOPS group-encouragement and building friendships is.
I attend 2 different MOPS groups in my area. The first one meets every 2nd and 4th Wednesday of the month from 9-11 and the other one meets every 1st and 3rd Thursday of the month also from 9-11. Free childcare is provided by volunteers of the churches we have the meetings at. This is one of the most precious parts of MOPS. Often times moms do not have babysitters or family members that can help out with childcare and allow them to step away and take a break when needed. This leaves moms feeling trapped, overwhelmed, and alone. This is how I felt when I first started staying at home with Cason. All of my friends were co-workers from previous employers so when I wanted or needed someone to talk to during the day, all of them were busy at work! Not to mention, a lot of them were not in the same season of life that I was in and others were quite a bit older than me and couldn’t relate to how I was feeling. I joined both MOPS groups because it allows me a 2-hour, once a week break from parenting and gives me a chance to connect with other moms who have the same fears, anxieties, and concerns that I do.
MOPS also allows us to be able to eat a delicious breakfast while it’s still hot! We split our MOPS group into two sections and rotate whose turn it is to provide breakfast each meeting. We pray over our meal together and get to eat while we fellowship. We also have presentations at each meeting that cover topics from car seat safety to nutrition to budgeting and even marriage so moms get to take away something that is helpful in each area of their lives. And if all of that doesn’t sound fun enough, we also get to do crafts:) I am the Craft Coordinator at one of my MOPS groups so I get to be in charge of coordinating a craft for each meeting for all of our moms. The craft usually correlates with the specific message from that day. We have done conversation starter sticks for the dinner table, home decor projects, food crafts, and jewelry making.
Have you heard the quote: “It takes a village to raise a child”? They weren’t kidding about that! It DOES take a whole village! I am fortunate enough to have both sets of grandparents nearby to help with my children but MOPS has given me friendships. Tons and tons of friendships. I go to a “Mom’s Night Out” night almost every month, I have joined a bunco group, our leadership team always has fun activities going on, and we have frequent play dates with our kiddos. I can’t imagine where I would be if I hadn’t stepped out of my comfort zone and joined MOPS. I encourage anyone out there who is thinking about to do it! You won’t regret it! You can also go to http://www.MOPS.org to find a group near you and read more about their mission.
I plan to share my thoughts about my weekly meetings with you guys and what my take aways were. Please let me know in the comments if you are in a MOPS group and how MOPS has impacted you and your mothering journey.