Connect with Other Moms Virtually on #Momidarity “Not Your Typical Mom Group”
I am so honored and excited to be introducing to you fellow mommy blogger Jenny Hopf. Jenny and her brother Joe started an amazing mom group called Momidarity! To learn more about this awesome site, read Jenny’s guest blog post below. You will not be disappointed! So, without further ado, here is Jenny……
Hello Michigan mamas! My name is Jenny and I’m sending a virtual fist bump to all you hard working mamas out there to tell you that you are amazing. Seriously, you don’t get enough credit for all that you do! Big thanks to Lindsey for giving me an opportunity to share my story with you all!
In the summer of 2013 I gave birth to my son Charlie, and as most moms can relate, in an instant everything changed. During my pregnancy I read the new baby books, the blogs, attended the parenting classes, but nothing could have prepared me for how much my life and how much I myself would change once a baby came into the picture. Now Charlie was a happy, healthy and beautiful (in my opinion of course) baby, and for that I was so grateful, but man were those first few months hard as I tried to navigate the journey of new motherhood.
Our Momidarity support groups are similar to traditional mom groups in that nothing is off limits. We talk about everything because we all have been there. We discuss the baby blues, issues with body image, lack of sleep, blowouts, tantrums, eating strikes, relationship trouble, and everything else that comes with being a mom. But what makes our groups different, aside from meeting online, is that there are no kids present. We get to engage with other moms in real time, without judgement, and most importantly without interruption, from those adorable, yet attention hogging kids! :)Each of our groups runs for 4 weeks, meeting once a week during the evening after kids have (hopefully!) gone to bed, and moms are known to eat ice cream and drink wine during the session. Our groups are made up of moms from all over the country, offering diverse perspectives on parenting, tips, tricks, and shoulders to cry on.
What other moms are saying about Momidarity groups: “Talking to other moms for an hour about our concerns, lives and challenges really rejuvenated me as a mom. It is nice to talk to like-minded people about the trials of parenthood, good and bad. I completed an in-person Mommy and Me group when my son was born and that really helped me form friendships and have a support system. Now that I am a working parent of a 7 month old and toddler, this forum gave me a safe space to talk about being a parent without being judged, and it worked with my schedule.” — Esther, mom to Leo (3) and Maya (7 months)