New stay-at-home mom looking for community connection

Karynn - posted on 08/10/2013 ( 2 moms have responded )

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Hi,
I have four children ranging in age from young toddler to pre-teen. I am not new to motherhood, but I have always worked outside the home until this year. Now I am feeling very isolated and looking for other moms to connect with who have children my kiddos can play with.

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Karynn - posted on 08/12/2013

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Thank you Kelly for some really great ideas. We do visit the library periodically, but not regularly. My baby is just now old enough to enjoy story time and the older children can pretty much manage themselves while we do that. My preschooler would rather hang out with the older kids and I just don't trust him on his own with them. I like your idea of going to the park the same time every week. I never thought about that.

I would love to volunteer at my kids schools, especially since I used to work with all their teachers, but I can't drag along my toddler and preschooler. That would be too much of a distraction for the other children.

We do some charity activities as a family. We all had fun raising money for March of Dimes and walking with them last Spring. I also plan for our family to choose a charity this Christmas.

I just found a local playgroup that we are going to start attending. I think things are looking up.

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Check your local library for story times, craft days, imagination workshops, concerts, and other events for children. Most have some sort of activity daily, you just have to look for them because they do not have much of an advertising budget.
Also check local bookstores and coffee shops for weekly story and craft times.
Sign up for Mom&me music, dance, gymnastic, martial arts, swim, and other classes.
Take a trip to the park about once a week, if you go about the same time each week, you will notice the same people are often there at the same times. Talk to them & encourage your children to do so as well.
Volunteer with your children's school. Our school is always desperate for volunteers, and I've met many of my best "mom friends" working together at our school, plus we make our school a better school for our children.
Volunteer in your community. Find a charity you are passionate about and make a difference. You will meet people who have the same interests and values that you do. Encourage your older children to volunteer in their own areas of interest so that they can meet other people with the same interests and build friendships.
Put your children in team sports. Working together on a team builds strong friendships that often last entire lifetimes, plus it teaches children valuable lessons about sportsmanship, teamwork, cooperation, perseverance, responsibility, and camaraderie.

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