Mothers with young children have the hardest and most rewarding job. Caring for little ones with runny noses, dirty diapers and lots of needs often ties them to the house. It can be a time of loneliness for young moms who need some adult conversation and reassurance about mothering.
Local Moms Group
Eastwood Tulsa offers such reassurance at Mothers of Preschoolers, or MOPS, an international group that was developed for stay-at-home moms who need support. The group gathers on the first and third Thursdays each month at Eastwood. It’s open to those outside the church community.
Heidi Bauer has a two-year old and her friend, Dana Suggs, is the mother of seven from the ages of 23 to 17 months. The friends rely on each other in many ways to get through the various challenges that parenting brings. Together these mothers offer an opportunity for moms to gather for some adult conversation while their little darlings are cared for free of charge in MOPS Kids.
“We want moms to be handed a cup of coffee and feel like they have come home,” Bauer said.
What to Expect
Meetings start with moms dropping children off at the provided childcare and gathering for fellowship and food. The group splits into smaller sessions that stay together the entire year.
“It’s safer to share with a smaller group of women you’ve gotten to know over a period of months,” Suggs said.
After an icebreaker, members might work on a craft or listen to a guest speak on issues pertinent to young moms. Plenty of time is allowed for the most needed element – adult conversation.
In addition to the twice-monthly meetings, MOPS organizes field trips, Moms’ Night Out and a Bible study. Bauer says they try to keep the costs down for members so activities are not prohibitively expensive.
One of the best perks of MOPS comes from helping young moms reassure themselves they aren’t in it alone.
Bauer said young moms need to see that most moms aren’t perfect and other members in the group have real problems, that their children usually don’t look like they just stepped off the cover of a J. Crew catalog.
“We all have messy things going on such as financial and marriage struggles, and yet we constantly hold ourselves up to unachievable standards,” Suggs said.
How to Join
If you are a SAHM (stay-at-home-mom) and don’t really have any friends with young children, MOPS is the perfect place to meet new people with at least one thing in common; we are all moms to little ones. You will be welcomed with loving arms and will form so many wonderful friendships. MOPS is a great support system where you will enjoy and look forward to meetings every month.
The group welcomes young mothers with a child from newborn to pre-kindergarten.
For more information visit out MOPS page https://eastwoodtulsa.org/mops and register today to reserve your spot. There are no registration or monthly fees and childcare is provided free of charge.