No, you can’t call 911 because your two year old urinated all over your couch. No, there isn’t a support group for moms trying to get their babies to sleep through the night. No, there isn’t an “easy button” for parenting. But, there is the next best thing – you can find the support of other moms through a local moms group.
If you are in the Chicago area, there are several mom’s groups available for you to join. Mental health experts agree that having the support and encouragement from friends can help make life a little easier. Here are some groups for Chicago area mothers to consider.
Chicago Moms Group #1: MOPS
One superb resource for moms in Chicago is MOPS. It stands for “Mothers of Preschoolers.” MOPS is an international organization that provides a “caring atmosphere” to help foster relationships for mothers. Currently t here are five MOPS groups meeting in the Chicago area at churches such as New Life Community Church. There is even a teen MOPS group in Chicago. To find the one closest to you, visit the MOPS website here.
If you are nervous about going, don’t be. The whole point of MOPS is to develop relationships and (hopefully) you’ll have a warm welcome when you visit the first time.
Chicago Moms Group #2: Moms Club
Another fantastic way to make friends with other moms is through a local Chicago moms club. There is at least one Chicago moms club meeting in the area. A moms club offers playgroups, mom’s night out, book clubs, and more. To learn about Moms clubs in the Chicago area, and see if its something you’d like to visit, take a peek at their website here.
Chicago Moms Group #3: Local Chicago Playgroups
There are several playgroups in the Chicago area. A playgroup is definitely a great way to meet other moms and build relationships. One place to find local playgroups is on the website meetup.com here. There are a variety of groups, many are for certain areas of Chicago. There is even a “Moms of Little Men” group for moms with all boys. There are groups for working moms, stay at home mom, and more. You might also check out the website www.playgroupusa.com for other groups in Chicago and the suburbs.
Chicago Moms Group #4: Mocha Moms
Another terrific groups for Moms in Chicago is Mocha Moms. It is primarily for women of color. On their website it states Mocha Moms “is a national support group for at-home mothers of color who have chosen to modify or eliminate employment outside the home in order to devote more time to their families.” They do welcome all mothers. In addition to providing support and friendship, they do community service activities as well. For more detals on Mocha Moms, visit the Mocha Moms of Chicago website here.
Chicago Moms Group #5: La Leche League
If you are a breastfeeding mother, or are pregnant or plan to become pregnant soon, La Leche League might be the group for you. La Leche League offers support for breastfeeding mothers. There are several groups meeting in the Chicago area, one in Beverly, South Side, Lincoln Park, and Northwest Chicago. La Leche League can also be a group for moms interested in attachment parents. For a list of La Leche League groups in Chciago, visit the website here.
Chicago Moms Group #6: Ladies Bible Study Groups
Another great way to find a supportive group of moms is through a Ladies Bible Study group. There are several churches in the area, such as Sheldon Heights Church of Christ that offer Ladies Bible studies. Often these groups will also provide free childcare. If you are looking for a church, please read “How to Find a Church If You’ve Never Been to Church.”
Chicago Moms Group #7: Cafemom Groups
Cafemom is a fabulous social networking site just for moms. There are several Chicago groups listed. While this is primarily online support, they do have occasional real-life meetups as well. Join the Cafemom community here, and search for “Chicago Moms” and you’ll see an online list just for Chicago area moms.
These are just seven excellent resources for moms in Chicago. Another helpful article to read is “How to Be an Excellent Mommy Friend.” You might also check out “The Pros of Playgroups.” Happy Parenting!