If you are a mum of little ones and you are looking for a place to belong, a place to learn alongside other mums, a place to share the joys and challenges of mothering or a place to find friendship – a MOPS group might just be the place for you.
It is a place where developing the art of mothering becomes a shared journey.
Here are six things to expect when you come to a MOPS group:
1. Welcome and sustenance
Whether you missed breakfast and are hungry for food, or whether you’re missing adult company and are hungry for conversation, or whether you just need a hot coffee – you will find all three in good supply at a MOPS morning.
2. Loving care for your children
MOPS comes hand-in-hand with MOPPETS (a program specially designed for your children) so that you can spend two uninterrupted hours adulting! All our carers have child-safe checks and they love to nurse babies, sing action songs with toddlers, and read books to preschoolers. They know that mums need a break and long for time to relax, chat, craft, learn and find community with other mums.
3. A mothers’ group
MOPS is not a playgroup. While it’s true that the MOPPETS program is provided, you don’t need to bring your child to be able to come. If MOPS is on a day when your child is at day care or with grandma – that’s fine. MOPS is for you!
4. Information and equipping
There’s a lot to get your head around in this mothering gig and the women who run MOPS, as mothers themselves, know many of the questions you face. Because they have the same questions themselves. So they invite speakers to MOPS who provide useful information on important topics like child development, mothering skills, personal identity, relationships, leadership, life skills and other issues of interest to women.
Once you’ve heard the speaker, it’s your turn! You are free to reflect on what’s been said, ask questions, listen to ideas from other mums and share your own experiences – but no pressure! This is a time for discussion, and we hope you will find answers, new ideas, food for thought – and friendship.
6. Time to nurture your creativity
Over the course of a year, a MOPS group will engage in a smorgasbord of creative activities, during which you will discover new skills and relish the opportunity to ‘finish’ a project without little hands wanting to help.
MOPS groups are hosted by churches in every state in Australia, and meetings are usually held in church buildings. But it is not just for Christian women. In fact, mums of all faiths – or no faith – are welcome to attend. If you have children under 6, or if you’re pregnant, you’re eligible for MOPS. MOPS aims to encourage and equip all mums to be the best mum they can be – because better mums make a better world.