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I cannot talk long enough about how much I loved MOPS when my children were little.
If you are not familiar with MOPS it is an organization that exists to help support and inspire mother’s of preschoolers and younger. I almost cried when my last child reached kindergarten age and I had to say goodbye to my MOPS group. I hope that one day when I am no longer busy homeschooling that I can somehow help at a local MOPS group volunteering in some way as a way to say thank you for all the support they gave me as a young mom.
MOPS groups usually meet in a church but are open to everyone in the community whether you are a believer in Christ or not. Generally they meet twice a month for around 3 hours. During that time your children are cared for by child care workers while you are treated like a queen to a breakfast spread, a time of fellowship, a time of learning and a time to craft.
Many friendships are made at MOPS groups. I was a part of 3 different MOPS groups while my children were little. The first one I found out about from our local Library (a treasure trove of information about local groups). The second two I found out about from others in the community. Of course that was back in the pre-website for everything days and now you can get on the MOPS website and click the find a group logo at the top corner of their site and in mere seconds you will have listings of groups near you.
If you are a working mom there MOPS groups that meet at night to make sure that those working days have the same chance to meet other mom’s in their community as those with more flexible job schedules.
I found the best way to take a MOPS friendship beyond the walls of MOPS was to simply ask a mom out to lunch after the meeting. I spent many a lunch after MOPS at the local play land fast food restaurant watching kids play and getting to know new friends better.
This post is part of the New Town to Hometown series. Use the links below to dig into the series.
Part One: Becoming Friend Worthy
- It all begins with fellowship with God
- The most important lesson in friendship building
- Are you welcoming?
- Create mutual bonds
- Meet a need and make a friend
- Don’t try to look perfect
- Not everyone is going to be your friend
Part Two: Places To Find Friends
- Start the search online
- MOPS (you are here)
- Homeschooling groups
- Be the neighbor with the active porch swing
- Breaking the ice and setting goals
Part Three: Creating Community
Silly Stories Of My Moving Adventure
- It is going to be a long trip
- When you give a two year old a marker
- I was a soap opera star for just one day
- A sign that the long trip was about to end
- What happens when your landmarks become cornfields
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