Motherhood is one of the most exciting and fulfilling life experiences, but for new moms and even moms with multiple children, it can also be isolating without the right support groups in place.
Family and friends are great for advice and babysitting but sometimes you just need to talk to someone who understands what it’s like to survive on three hours of sleep a night, or how hard it is to balance work and motherhood, or a kindred spirit with whom you can share that funny potty training story.
Building a group of women to go to for counsel and laughter is so important for the mental well-being of a mom, and luckily it’s easy too! Monrovia offers at a minimum three large, well-established moms groups you can join, each offering different types of opportunities to connect with moms of all ages and backgrounds and experience. As a member of two of these groups, I cannot recommend them enough and share how they have enriched and changed my own motherhood experience for the better.
MOMS Club of Monrovia
MOMS Club International (Mothers Offering Mothers Support) is a national nonprofit organization designed for all stay at home mothers, offering events that mostly take place during the day, when moms often need the most support. As a visitor to their club, you can attend two MOMS club events that are not located at a member's home, after which the annual membership are $25. Members receive a monthly newsletter that includes an event calendar and parent-focused articles written by the members. Learn more at their site.
Moms Let’s Get Real! powered by
Founded and organized by local moms, this group of over 250 moms from Monrovia and surrounding cities is a “diverse group for Real Moms with real life ups & downs.” Providing support and friendship for moms who are new, soon-to-be, working, stay-at-home, single or all of the above, this casual, grass-roots group keeps a busy calendar with events posted nearly every day, from backyard playdates and meetups at our local parks and child-friendly venues, to educational events and Moms Nights Out and In at local restaurants or member homes.
Their calendar also includes just about every family-friendly activity taking place in the San Gabriel Valley year-round. Membership is free and you can join by visiting their group at Meetup.com and sending the Organizer a request to join. You’ll then have full access to the calendar where you can RSVP to as many events as you like or even host your own, and start building your mommy network today!
MOPS of Monrovia
MOPS International (Mothers of Preschoolers) is a non-profit ministry that creates communities to help “Better Moms Make A Better World.” Moms attend MOPS meetings to “experience authentic friendship, receive mothering support, and to grow personally and spiritually.” Moms of all backgrounds are invited: stay at home, working, single, married, teen. MOPS meets from 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. in the Fireside Room at in Monrovia on the first and third Wednesday of each month.
Childcare is provided, so moms have the opportunity to take some time for themselves to converse freely with other moms, recharge spiritually, and listen to a wide range of speakers on all topics related to parenting and children, from feeding the picky toddler to preparing your preschooler for kindergarten to financing your child’s college education. Refreshments are provided.
The MOPS registration fee is $60 per semester (covering childcare speakers, crafts and hospitality expenses) plus a yearly $24 membership fee, which goes to MOPS International. There are also scholarships for moms available, which are kept confidential. To learn more, visit their site.