My husband and I moved to a city with a one year old and knowing very few people in the fall. At that time, I became a stay-at-home mom. I knew nearly no one and knew of nothing to do in our new town with a one year old. It was a LONG winter. Then, a neighbor told me about MOPS. MOPS stands for Moms of Preschoolers and often meets at churches, hospitals, YMCA’s, etc.
I signed up. Not really knowing anything about what I was getting into. Honestly? I signed up because I was excited for the childcare for two hours every two weeks. I know, that’s awful, but when you and your child are alone together for so many hours, you need some sanity and that is OKAY!
I was greeted sweetly on arrival and my son did great going into his childcare room. I proceeded to my table and met some other moms with children the same age as mine. As we started to get to know each other, it all started clicking “these women GET me.” They really understood how I felt because they had been there. They were also stay at home moms, or at least part-time ones and understood how I felt. Most of them had moved here from out of town as well, and didn’t know many people either. Then, we had some good brunch, watched a funny short video that was very relevant, and before I knew it the two hours were up.
These women have become friends. We have playdates and ladies nights and even play BUNCO! (Apparently this is a required part of becoming a mom?) If you are looking for friends or moms that just understand where you are coming from, I highly recommend you find a MOPS group near you! Not a “church” person or a “religion person”? It’s okay, not everyone that goes is. Find a group here.
Are you a member of MOPS? What do you like about it?