What Happens at MOPS?
When mums arrive at MOPS, they sign their children into the MOPPETS program. In MOPPETS, children from infancy through to school age experience a caring environment where they learn, sing, play and make crafts.
Once the children are settled, the MOPS mum joins a program tailor-made to meet their own needs. They can grab a cuppa and something to eat and not have to share it, actually finish sentences and use words with more than two syllables!
The program typically includes some teaching on an area of common interest to mums, either by an invited guest speaker or a Mentor. The mums participate in small discussion groups where there are no “wrong answers” and each mum is free to share her joys and struggles with other mums who understand her feelings. In these moments, long-lasting friendships are often made on the common ground of finally being understood.
The women also have the opportunity to complete a craft or other creative activity. For mums who are often frustrated by the impossibility of completing anything in their unpredictable days, this activity is deeply satisfying! It provides a sense of accomplishment and growth for many mums.
By the time they finish the MOPS meeting and pick up their children, the mums feel refreshed and better able to mother. MOPS helps mums to acknowledge that they have needs too, and when they take the time to meet those needs they are more effective as mothers.