Monday, August 17, 2009
Every Stay at Home Mom Needs a Moms Group
You are probably thinking, baby is now here and what do i do with my self while my husband is at work. Baby doesn't fill that void for adult interaction and conversation. Do I really think I can do this "stay at home" thing and stay mentally sane???
I have personally been there and done that. With my first child, I was heavily involved in corporate america and the breadwinner in the house. I was antzy to go back after the first 6 weeks. Yes, I felt guilty about going back to work but I needed and craved the adult interaction. With baby #2, I joined my local moms support group when he was 3 weeks old. (Joshua is now 7 and starting 2nd grade. I still keep touch with a few of those special moms.) It was my one day to get myself ready and get out of the house. A time to remember what the "Old Sherri" was all about. I craved the conversation to know that I was normal and that everything I was feeling, someone else was feeling the same thing.
I am now running 2 businesses from home, 3 of the kids were either in school or Pre-K and I just had Caleb at home with me. I once again looked for a mom's group to join. I am sure you are wondering how to do you go about doing that. Some things to think about to start your research.
* Ask other moms in your neighborhood if they belong to a group
* Does your local hospital where you delivered have a support group
* Start with the La Leche League that meets every month in your town
* Check out Meetup.com. That is were I found a great group of women in my area.
* National non-for-profit chapters that have branching in your zip code or area
* Church that you attend
These are just some of the great places to find other women that know what you are going through. Don't be scared to visit the group in a public setting such as the mall or park. You will know right away if you feel comfortable with them. If you don't, there are plenty of other groups in your area to check out. If you still feel you haven't meet that right group, just start your own. Meetup.com is a great place to do that!
This is a picture of one of the many great field trips that we have experienced in our moms group. Now that I will have 3 of my 4 children in school next week. I really look forward to bonding with the new moms in the group and taking that special time away from distractions to enjoy my last baby. Cheers to many more fun meet ups and watching our little one's grow up together.