You just wiped applesauce off the ceiling, found play-doh in your couch, and your two year old is not happy she can’t play with your cell phone. Ah, the joys of motherhood. Mommy-hood is full of ups and downs. Life can be so much easier if you have the support and encouragement from friends. A mom’s group or playgroup can make a tremendous difference. If you are searching for mom’s groups in the Austin area, here are a few groups to select from.
One fantastic mother’s group in the Austin area is MOPS. MOPS stands for “Mothers of Preschoolers” and is essentially a support group for moms of babies, toddlers and preschoolers. There are currently at least 15 MOPS groups in Austin the surrounding areas. To find the one closest to you, visit the website here and click on the box to search for a local group.
MOPS groups usually meet at least twice a month and sometimes have Mom’s Night Out events. It’s a great place to find friendship, get advice and much more. It is a Christian based program, however anyone can definitely join. You will hear guest speakers talk about issues such as coping with stress, learn fun crafts and much more.
Austin Preschool Moms Club
A second mother’s group in the Austin area is Austin Preschool Mom’s Club. They organize field trips, playgroup outings, special events and much more. Visit their website here to learn more about the group. There is a small membership fee to join, but it is definitely worth it for the support you’ll have.
North Austin Mother’s Club
Another fantastic group for area moms is the North Austin mother’s club. Their motto is “It’s like recess for moms.” They meet often and are there to provide support for moms through pregnancy and on. You can learn more about them and how to join on their website here.
There are numerous Austin area mom’s groups and meet-up groups on the website meetup.com. Check it out here to find the best group for you. There is even a playgroup just for babies. It is definitely worth checking out. If you do not find a group that suits you, you can also start your own. Read “How to Start a Fun Playgroup” for advice.
An additional fabulous resource for Austin area moms is Mocha Moms. It strives to be a support network for mothers of color. However, they do have an anti-discrimination policy and all moms who support the mission of Mocha Moms can join. They group is filled with “talented, dynamic women”. They even do community service projects, in addition to being a support for moms. To learn more about Mocha Moms in Austin, visit the website here.
La Leche League
If you are a breastfeeding mother, or are pregnant and plan to breastfeed, La Leche league might be for you. La Leche League meetings help moms find support and encouragement with breastfeeding. However, you can also find support with other parenting issues as well. There are currently about ten La Leche League support groups in the Austin area. There is even a Spanish speaking group. Check out the website here to find the one closest to you. If you are wondering what happens at meetings, please read, “What are La Leche League Meetings LIke?”
Ladies Bible Studies
Another way to connect with other moms is to participate in a Ladies Bible Study group. Westover Hill Church of Christ holds a “Journeys Bible Class” for all women on Wednesday mornings. They also have a program called “Mom to Mom.” Check out their website here to learn more. There are many other wonderful churches in the Austin area that have Ladies Bible Study groups. For advice on finding a church, please read, “How to Find a Good Church if You’ve Never Been to Church.”
While real-life support groups are best, you can also find help through online groups for Austin moms. The website cafemom.com has an “Austin Area Moms” group that is probably worth joining. You can check it out here. You might also learn about other groups through the message board.
These are just a few mom’s groups for mothers in the Austin area. For more advice, you might read “How to Cope With Loneliness as a Stay at Home Mom.” Another article to read is “Tips for Finding Friends for Your Toddler or Preschooler.”