Mamas Seeking Other Mamas
We receive many questions regarding finding out more information about play dates and meeting other mamas, especially from those new to the area. Diane writes:
I am new to the Portland area, and I have a 7-month old daughter. I am interested in learning about new moms' groups/playgroups so that I can meet other new moms and my daughter can interact with other children. I live in NW Portland and while I can definitely travel to other parts of the city, I would be most interested in learning about groups near me. Thoughts or suggestions?
I very much want to meet other moms and arrange some play dates for my 1 1/2 yr old son Dylan. I'm not sure how to post a note on your site to see when moms are meeting at Urban Grind or whether there are other moms groups around Lloyd Center.
Then there is the case of new-found mamahood, and the need to connect with other mamas. This was my situation a few years ago. I was in desparate need of companionship and support. I spent time searching for on-line groups to join being that I was a "work-outside-of-the-home-mama". I joined a couple of Yahoo groups, an MSN group, and even Moms Meetup in my quest for some friends. I talked to just about every parent at the local parks and Book Babies. I would exchange numbers with new mamas, but mostly never followed up. I felt like I was dating again, having a hard time connecting. Maybe I was trying too hard. I know it sounds like complete overkill! But eventually it did happen. On one of the Yahoo groups, Sarah shared her link to their family Web site, and then another, and the rest is history. Some of us urbanMamas do post about gatherings, but these are not standing play dates. There are others that have sent us notices about their groups and regular gatherings. We want to continuing being a conduit to help other mamas meet up. Can you share your success stories? Do you have a playgroup that you'd like to post about? Can you offer any of your experiences?