Does anyone have any ideas on how to meet other moms in your area?

Bridget - posted on 03/29/2010 ( 26 moms have responded )

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I am just wondering if anyone else is struggling with being a stay at home mom? I love being home with my baby, and wouldn't change it, but I feel like I don't get enough adult interaction. I miss the social aspect of working. I have thought about joining MOPS and will be starting baby swim lessons this summer, but I was wondering if anyone had any other ways to meet moms in their areas? I just moved here a little over a year ago, and was working and had friends through work...but now that i am home all day...I'm going a little crazy! Thanks

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Darlene - posted on 03/31/2010

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Bridget, there is an organization called Moving on After Moving In. I found it when I moved many times and found it hard to adjust. I was also a SAHM. It is hard because most people's identity comes from their occupation. Usually the first thing asked when meeting a person is "Where do you work?" It not only helps to "classify" a person's status, it also helps to identify their position in life. I did like you, I took KJ to swim lessons, got involved with Mother's Day Out, etc. The YWCA has good programs during the day and daycare for mom's. Other mom's are there during the day also. All that said, Moving on After Moving In helped me more than you could possibly imagine. You can google it and find a location of meetings near you. God Bless!

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Leah - posted on 12/19/2011

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It's now almost 2012 Bridget, how did everything work out for you? I am now in the same boat, going crazy and need interaction......Let me know how you coped!
Thank you, Leah

Mara - posted on 04/01/2010

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Totally relate and understand. I found that through music and other baby classes I met other moms in the same boat. We then started having playdates at our homes which was more for us then the babies. Its hard to get motivated but you got to push yourself to get out of the house and do an activity with the baby everyday.

Gwen - posted on 03/31/2010

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When I got to the point that a trip to the grocery store without kids felt like a holiday, I knew it was time to get more time apart. I started making scrapbooking dates with friends, etc. and ended up getting a part-time job 3 evenings/week. This has helped me save my sanity.

In terms of hooking up with other moms, playgrounds (inside and out), library programs, and parent link centre programs have been awesome. I haven't tried the on-line resources, but hope that you find what you need one way or another.

One thing that really helped me when I was a full-time SAHM was that a friend told me that if I did not take the time I needed to look after myself, I would not be able to be the mom my kids needed either. Then I was able to enjoy time away from my kids without guilt.

Kristin - posted on 03/31/2010

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join the club! lol. im also a stay at home mom. I have a 17month old son and my fiance works during the day and im home all alone with my son. At this time we just have the one car and im stuck in the house all day and i look soo forward to the weekends to go out with the family and meet up with friends. My fiance wants me to look for a job at night which im trying to do but its not easy. There are gymborees in the area, if i had a car i would do that. Try going to a nearby park. There is Capron Park in attleborro,ma. hope things will get better. U need time for yourself, remember to do that. Go get your hair done, go shopping and get a new outfit. that helps me. I also have 'date night" with my fiance. good luck:)

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Meetup.com is a great way to join a group of mommas near you. It is usually about $15 per year. I am also a member of MOPS and absolutely love this group! Good luck and know that you aren't alone.

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I have had this problem for a while. I think being an older mom makes it harder to connect. (I'm 41 and have a 4 year old). I'd definitely recommend doing something life-giving to you (yoga class once a week or even just taking time to journal) while you are working on your social connections. I am reading an awesome book called Mommy Mantras: Affirmations and Insights to Keep Your from Losing Your Mind. Really helpful for dealing with some of the challenges of parenting 24/7.

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hello. I am a stay at home mom also. there r times when i feel like im going nuts from sitting home all the time. I have 2 boys. Tallon who is 4 and Ascher who is 18 months old. Ascher also has a blood disorder. i am perminitly taken out of work due to noone in the area knows anything bout it. u can contact me if u want to chat. Esther

Lucille - posted on 03/31/2010

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the weather is starting to warm up try the parks there are always moms and dads at the park with the little one

Angela - posted on 03/31/2010

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Are you a member of a local church with other young mothers....besides all the other great ideas here, I would throw that out in the mix as a way to connect with others. God bless

Hermien - posted on 03/31/2010

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Church is a good place. We formed a moms and babes biblestudy group. We have volunteers looking after the kids and you have an hour quality time with other moms and with God.

Rashmi - posted on 03/30/2010

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I used to work full time before I had my baby. I have moved to a new place and there are not many ppl I know here. I do miss the social interactions...so was thinking of joining a meditation course....but, my lil one keeps me so tied up throughout the day that I really cant squeeze in time for this course....so I am just waiting for her to get a bit older....so that I will have more free time to do my things :D

Jennifer - posted on 03/30/2010

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My son is almost 17 months old. Check out MYGYM.com to see if there are any in your area. Its a children's fitness place. We joined when my son was 8 months old. I've met other stay at home moms from there. They even offer classes after work hours so my husband can go too & we can all spend time together. I also became a Pampered Chef consultant so I can get out of the house at night & have fun with adults.

Nicole - posted on 03/30/2010

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http://momsclub.org/

VISIT THIS WEBSITE!!!! This is a non profit organization for mom's, created by mom's. MOMS Club = Moms offering moms support. I am not sure which city you live in, however, I am sure you will find a chapter on this website!

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Like the others have said...playgroups... mothers groups.. look in the local paper and see if any are in there and jump on the net.. good luck

Colleen - posted on 03/30/2010

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Meetup.com - as others have said. I live in a small town and there was a group already established here. I am a sahm and I don't know what I'd do without my mommy friends. We have regularly scheduled play dates once a week and lots of other activities to choose from. Good luck!!

Jill-Arcangela - posted on 03/30/2010

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Are you breastfeeding? Near me, we have a lactation consultants office that offers free support group meetings where a lactation consultant sits in to answer questions, but it is primarily for moms to socialize and get out of the house! I've met great people and really benefited from that. There is also La Leche League, if you don't have a lactation consultant offering something like that in your area. Otherwise, with the warm weather coming, grab the stroller and hit a local park. There are bound to be other moms out and about. Or check your local newspaper for events that suit mothers, like story time at the local library or a community event.

Ricky - posted on 03/29/2010

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Like Chrissy said meetup.com, that is how I found other moms to hang out with because none of my friends had kids.

Chrissy - posted on 03/29/2010

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Hi there! You can also checkout meetup.com for mom groups and google mom groups for your city. My city has a specific mom group website to talk to and meet up with other moms. I am also a SAHM and it can be hard. You LOVE your child but sometimes for you it can be repetative and boring and new adventures/people are always good for you and baby. Fun part is that if you find a group of moms you click with (like a previous poster, you can start a group too)- eventually as the kids get a little older the moms set up play dates just for the moms on occasion. Good luck!

Dawn - posted on 03/29/2010

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You can also check out playgroups through playgroupsusa.com. It's a free site. If there aren't any in your area, you can always start one. I actually started one and now have a group of mom's with similar age kids that I get together with once a week or so and have made several friends that way.

Kristin - posted on 03/29/2010

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Look into Mom clubs, try your local library for storytimes, as its spring go to the park. That can get you started with stuff to do with baby and find other parents to talk to. You could also ask the nurses in your pediatrician's office, they really know a lot of useful stuff.



Do you have any grown up interests? Think about book clubs, gardening societies, sewing groups, learn a language, go workout (swim, run, yoga class). It would be great if you had something once a week, but even once a month can work if it's enough for you. I almost think SAHM's need time to themselves more than mom's who go out of the home to work. At least they've got a commute mostly to themselves. It's also good for you to talk to people about stuff that isn't child related.



Hope that helps.

Terri - posted on 03/29/2010

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community centres usually have mom and tot stuff to join .. or an exercise class at night ..

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