Being a mom is a lot of work. It is this crazy, sometimes fun and sometimes scary adventure that can almost feel like you are in it alone. A life of a mom is filled with endless running around, trying to manage your family and unfortunately because of this, we tend to forget to take care of ourselves. For all that we mothers do, it is no wonder that many of us can feel stressed and strained. This is why it is nice to have a support group – a mom’s group.
One of the most obvious benefits of belonging to a mom’s group is the friendship. Many women lose touch with their friends when they enter this new phase of their lives – parenthood. You can no longer hang out on a moment’s notice with your friends (who are still single and can no longer relate with things you are going through).
Those who have small children tend to find themselves wanting to call it a night by 8pm. Other women who are moms can understand this new desire. Having a friendship with another mom who is currently going through this crazy parenthood adventure too is a great and comforting feeling.
You can get great advice from a Mom’s group. Whether it is trying to figure out where to find a great pediatrician in your local area or wondering how to deal with your toddler temper tantrums, having a group of friends who you can turn to when you have motherhood questions is great. You can get great suggestions and practical advice from moms who have been through it or are going through it right now. You are getting first hand advice that comes from experience.
Great Place to Express Your Emotions
Belonging to a mom’s group is also just a great place when you just need to vent. Motherhood is hard and while society may make you feel like you should enjoy it 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, this just isn’t realistic. While many days will be great, you will have days that are bad.
Sometimes it’s just nice to talk with another mom and get out some frustration. It doesn’t make you a bad mother but doing so will make you less stressed. It is better to get it all out instead of keeping it all inside. And it feels even better when a fellow mom can express that she has felt that same way and she survived. Venting to your fellow moms feels good because you know that they understand you and they have been there too.
Your Children Gain Relationships Too!
Not only are you making friends in your mom’s group but your children are too. These friendships can last a lifetime. Having a mom’s group helps create opportunities for playdates. Finding a fellow mom who you can connect with and who also has children the same age as yours is priceless. Your children will have the opportunity to learn to make friends, how to share and cooperative play together. These social skills will benefit them for the rest of their lives.