Toledo Mom Tribes: Why you NEED them & where you can find your Tribe


It was a stifling July afternoon. My 3 year old and 2 year old were bickering over the same toy for the third time in an hour. I was suffering from a mild depression due to a false positive pregnancy test. And to add insult to injury, my husband and I had just had a colossal fight. The tears just started rolling down my cheeks; I just wanted to melt into the floorboards. I felt so isolated; motherhood began to feel less like a blessing and more like a punishment. Sure, I had friends, friends that either weren’t married yet and/or didn’t have children.  And once I had children those friends seemed to avoid me like the plague, or, at least that was the way my exhausted mommy brain had interpreted it at the time. In reality our lives were just so different, when they were going out in the evening I was going to bed. On occasion they would try to send me some positive vibes like, “hang in there, it’ll get better” type comments. But let’s be honest receiving comment like that from friends who couldn’t relate to any of my daily woes as a mom was as useful as getting auto mechanic advice from my dentist. And then IT happened I received an email, an email that would end up changing my life.

A couple months prior to my meltdown in the living room, I had joined a small Playgroup of 9 moms on Meetup.com. I had joined it in the midst of my hurricane of pity that I dubbed motherhood. They had a couple of playdate meetup that I wasn’t able to attend and apparently no one else was either because the organizer was done. The email stated that the Playgroup-in-Toledo was available for anyone who wished to take it over for a small fee of $15 a month. I must have been in the eye of that motherhood storm at the time, not quite thinking clearly because I did something so outside this introverts comfort zone to this day it still shocks the heck out of me, I took the leap…I jumped!  I took over as the organizer for the Playgroup-in-Toledo.  And what started off as 9 moms grew to over 200. It turned out that I wasn’t alone in this hurricane of pity; in fact with each meetup we had I could literally feel the dark clouds dissipating. The sun finally shined down, motherhood became a blessing again, even on my crappiest of motherhood days. I am so thankful something told me to jump, to take that leap that hot July afternoon because I ended up landing on a huge net, my net-work of other moms, I finally found my tribe.

Do you have a motherhood tribe?

 

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Why you need your Tribe:

  1. Companionship– “Friendship is born at that moment when one person says to another: What! You too? I thought I was the only one.” C. S. Lewis. It is comforting to have other women to commiserate with, who understand, can relate, and even offer suggestions on how to survive a colic infant, sore nipples, potty training, tantrums, night terrors, Kindergarten, tweens, teenagers, etc.
  2. Many Hands make Light Work– Whether you are meeting up with other moms for a playdate at someone’s home, out and about on the town, or are taking turns providing childcare during a meeting, having extra sets of eyes and hands makes life much easier and more enjoyable.
  3. Access to a vault of knowledge– I must say women now a days are amazing, they are more than “just moms”, they are entrepreneurs, book writers, professors, homeschoolers, scientists, trainers, coaches, chefs, etc. And having that brilliant network of ladies on speed dial is advantageous….whether you just burnt dinner or are struggling to help your 8th grader with their science homework, these ladies put Siri to shame.
  4. They Raise you Up and Talk you Down-You know you have officially found your tribe when they raise you up, support your efforts, and encourage you to strive towards your goals, no matter how big or small. Likewise, when you are down on yourself and ready to jump off that preverbal cliff they are there to talk you down from your despair one step at a time.
  5. Life was meant to be Lived-Lucy(s) need their Ethel(s), Thelma(s), their Louise(s), and Laverne(s), their Shirley(s) to do crazy fun things with….a moms’ night out, movie, dance class, paint pottery, etc. Everyone needs those people in their lives who will say yes to experiences, who will join you on this magnificent adventure.

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Where can you find your tribe?

Mothers of Preschoolers (MOPS)

Location: Washington Church, 3925 W Central Ave. Toledo, OH 43606-2766

Phone: (419) 536-3789

Meetings: 1st & 3rd Friday of the Month at 9:30am to11:30am

Website: http://www.mops.org/groups/washingtonmops

A MOPS meeting includes practical teaching through speakers, demonstrations and videos. Plus, there’s usually food! But more important, you’ll get to have honest conversations with other moms who understand the joys and frustrations of motherhood. We’ve all been placed in this time and place in history, as the tribe of women who are raising the world. We know we mother better together, so all moms are welcome at MOPS. From the time you get pregnant to when your kiddo is in Kindergarten, our doors are open.

 

Bloom (for Mothers and Grandmothers)

Location: Little Flower Catholic Church

Meetings: September to May, from 9:00am – 11:15am in the St. Francis Room

Email: annpfrancis@yahoo.com

Website: http://alturl.com/st6oe

Bloom is a program for Catholic mothers in all stages of mothering/grandmothering, which will meet on the second Thursday of each month from September to May, from 9:00am – 11:15am in the St. Francis Room. Please contact Ann Francis at annpfrancis@yahoo.com or register online at http://alturl.com/st6oe

 

 

Mothers’ Center of Greater Toledo

Location: McCord Road Christian Church, 4765 N McCord Rd, Sylvania, OH 43560

Meetings: Held once a week on Thursday mornings, beginning at 9:45 am and concluding at 11:15 am

Website: http://www.motherscenter.net/

They are a non-profit established in 1984 that meets regularly to share common experiences, make new friends and enjoy the company of peers while the children are supervised by experienced childcare workers. In addition to weekly meetings, they offer playdates, an Executive Mommas group for working mothers and many family activities. They are not affiliated with McCord Road Christian Church (where they meet) or any other church/religion. If you’re looking for fun, friendships, social activities, parenting ideas, community involvement opportunities, or just a reason to get out of the house with your little ones, they might be just what you’ve been searching for. They have an OPEN HOUSE Thursday September 15th 9:45am-11am.

 

MOMsNext (A Sister group to MOPs)

Location: Washington Church, 3925 W Central Ave. Toledo, OH 43606-2766

Phone: (419) 536-3789

Meetings: Sept – May: Mtg 1st & 3rd Friday of the Month at 9:30am – 11:30am

Website: http://www.mops.org/washingtonmopsandmomsnext

If you are a mom with school aged children and are free in the morning, then come check out MomsNext! Come meet some amazing women, who are on the same journey of motherhood as you are.

 

Toledo Area Playgroup

Location: Online, https://www.facebook.com/groups/147320928783529/

Meetings: vary

Local mom’s with kids who want to get together with other mom’s who have kids.

 

Calvary Moms Group

Location: Calvary Church, 1360 Conant St Maumee, OH 43537

Phone: (419) 893-2171

Website: https://www.facebook.com/ToledoCalvaryMOMS/

Meeting: Sept-May Tuesdays 6-7:30PM in the Café at Calvary

Moms group at Calvary Church in Maumee begins on September 13th. https://www.facebook.com/events/1094234183977308/  This will be the first regular meeting for the fall on Tuesday nights! Bring another mom friend to get to know others at Calvary Church! They will do introductions and tell you more about the group and what they have planned out for the year.

Mom2Mom

Location: Christ the Word 3100 Murd Rd, Sylvania, OH 43560

Phone: (419) 829-2005

Website: https://www.facebook.com/Mom2momtoledo/posts

Meetings: Sept-May First Wednesday of the month 9:15AM-11AM

Mom2mom is a Toledo area mom’s group designed to grow friendships and strengthen families. We meet the first Wednesday of the month from September through May. Our theme this year is “Deep Roots ~ Strong Moms”. Free childcare is provided. Registration is open!

 

Moms Club of Perrysburg

Website: http://momsclubperrysburg.tripod.com/momsclubofperrysburgoh/

Meetings: Vary

Moms club of Perrysburg is open to moms of Perrysburg, Maumee, Monclova, Millbury, and Lake Area as well. They have about 100 members and are a chapter of a national organization. Play dates have amazing themes, activities, moms’ night out, book clubs, and monthly meetings.

 

MOMentum

Location: Cedar Creek Church

Website: http://www.momentumlife.tv/

Meetings: Sept-May 1st & 3rd Thursday of the month at 9:30-11:30 AM or 6:45-8:30 PM

MOMentum is a group that meets at Cedar Creek church locations throughout northwest Ohio the 1st and 3rd Thursday of the month, Sept.-May, both in the AM and PM, for moms with children of ALL ages; their tag line is EVERY age, EVERY stage, and EVERY mom.

 

I know it can be a little scary at first but remember, “Life begins at the end of your comfort zone”. Neale Donald Walsch

Know of additional Mom Tribes in Toledo? Please comment & share.

 

 

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