We at Charlotte Smarty Pants often get requests to provide information on Mommy support groups. Lord knows we all need as much help as we can get to survive this crazy little thing called motherhood! Well, here’s an opportunity we want to share with you. One of our super smarty readers, Lindsey, reached out to us to let you all know about a great local MOMS group – MOMS offering Moms Support. They are a non-profit support group for stay at home or part time Moms, participating in community events, playgroups, club outings, and provide support for one another on the journey of motherhood. This national organization has two local chapters: Matthews and SW Charlotte, and MOMS Club of Charlotte NE.
The Matthews SW Chapter is hosting an Open House on April 13 from 10:30 to 12:30 with free food, visits from the fire and police department, safety information, and a ton of playing and meeting new Moms.
Beverly Crest Clubhouse
Hensey’s Way, Beverly Crest Subdivision
Brunch items will be served
If this isn’t for you, there are lots of other ways to network and find support from other moms – both working and non-working.
– Playgroups – it’s not only fun for the kids to get together but also gives moms an outlet they need.
– As a working mom though, finding time for a playgroup is not so easy! So I try and seek out other moms I work with for lunch and coffee dates.
– Try to connect with the other moms at daycare. If your child starts talking about someone at school, give his or her mother a call and set up a play date on a weekend.
– Get together with girlfriends once a month in the evening over some wine and good conversation (i.e. book clubs, bunco groups, or just a girls night social)
– Neighborhood family nights – get a couple of families together for dinner or just a happy hour. Great for everyone … the kids can play, the dads talk sports (or whatever it is guys talk about) and we get to jabber about the latest trials and triumphs of our kids!
– Sign up for My Gym or music class. This is a great place to meet other mom’s and if your classes are on the weekend (outside of work hours), there’s a great chance that other working mom’s are there too.
– Find an exercise buddy. There is nothing better for a stressed out mom than getting some “therapy” by talking and walking with a friend.
– Search the internet. http://www.supportworks.org/cat743.htm is a local site that helps connects all types of moms, working, single, parents of special needs children, moms of multiples.
– And finally, be a Smarty Pants and connect with our readers. Post a message in the Smarty E-Place for a playgroup or social group to fit your needs.
Let’s face it ladies, this mommy thing ain’t easy! We all need a little help from each other every now and then and often we have to get creative on how we do that. Stay tuned for Krista’s funny perspective on “Mommy Dating”! What are some ways you interact with other moms to get the support you need?