Have you ever debated the pros and cons of minivan ownership or, bleary-eyed and sleep-deprived, donned your very own pair of Mom Pants? If so, you might have noticed that, along with a cuddly bundle and those dark under eye circles, you’ve also gained a new identity. You are a mom.
And while your childless friends might not appreciate your potty chair horror stories or understand why your ice cube trays are filled with twelve pounds of organic apple puree, there happens to be a group of women, right here in Davis, who know just what you are going through. The local chapter of Mothers of Preschoolers is celebrating its fifth year in Davis and is a great place for moms to share food, fun, and friendship.
“Our main goal,” says Christy Caldwell, co-chair of this year’s group,”is for no mom to be alone.”
With bi-monthly meetings during the school year that include childcare, brunch, creative activities, and speakers, MOPS is a great place to meet other moms and build community. For expectant mothers and those with at least one child not yet in school, MOPS celebrates motherhood and exists to meet the needs of all moms.
“MOPS for me was a way to quickly connect with other moms, when I decided to become a stay at home mom,” says Janet Brown, mother of two boys. “In MOPS, I found a comfortable loving environment of other moms to share all the wonderful, fun, and hard things about being a mom.”
From pediatric dentists and financial planners, to relationship experts and professional organizers, the Davis MOPS group has hosted a variety of talented speakers to offer advice and answer questions. Creative activities, play dates, holiday parties, and Mom’s Night Out adventures are scheduled throughout the year as well.
“I really enjoy this time of relaxation, drinking a full cup of coffee, talking and laughing and getting good advice,” says Janelle Vallalva, mother of two. “While also knowing my kids are in the other room having a great time socializing with their peers.”
Whether you’re a young mom just out of school, or old enough to notice that you tend to whip out your reading glasses when you want to clearly see your child’s face, it’s likely that you’ll feel right at home with this group of women.
“The reason everyone fits,” explains Co-Chair Kristen Alexander, “is that people respect where everyone is coming from.”
With an average of 45 to 50 moms in attendance, the group is quite diverse, yet feels deeply connected by the powerful bond of shared motherhood.
If you’d like more information about the local chapter of MOPS, please visit their website: http://sites.google.com/site/davismops/home