Belonging to a moms' group can be a beneficial way to gain support, obtain advice and discuss parenting concerns with like-minded mothers. Whether you want to chat about the benefits of organic diets or discuss specific parenting challenges, a moms' group can help you stay sane and calm when the going gets tough and also can allow you to provide the same service for other moms. Starting a moms' group might seem daunting, but your efforts will be well worth it personally -- and you'll have made a meaningful contribution to your community. You can start a smaller group, such as a weekly play group, with just a few moms already in your network or expand your circle to moms outside of your immediate world.
Ask moms you know if they might be interested in joining a moms' group, advises Moms Meet, a parenting website devoted to eco-minded moms. If you want to start a larger group, ask them to pass the word on about your forming group. Test the waters and discuss your idea for a group with moms in your community, including neighbors or co-workers, to determine whether there's enough interest.
Decide whether you want to start an independent group or become a chapter of an established, national organization, such as MOMS Club. The benefit of an alliance with a larger group is that most organizations will provide you with useful start-up materials and other resources, such as handouts and posters. Many established organizations also offer regular chapter meetings so you can connect with other leaders. But you may also need to adhere to and promote specific regulations and goals and pay a registration fee.
Choose a location, date and time for your first informational meeting. Hold an informal meeting with interested moms to discuss ideas for the group and logistics, such as how often and for how long the group will meet, whether you wish to charge a membership fee, whether refreshments will be served and whether the group should meet at the same location each week. Ask other moms if they might like to volunteer their homes for meetings if you don't want to shoulder the burden every time your group meets.
Develop a flyer to post in public locations to recruit additional participants if you wish to have a larger group. Hang up flyers in churches and other community centers, grocery stores or children's outlets. Don't provide personal information -- just list an email address where interested moms can contact you for further details. Mention your plans to moms wherever you go, such as during visits to the pediatrician or when picking your child up from after-school activities.
Post your announcement on the social media websites you currently use and on message boards for parenting and mothering websites. If you'd like to expand the group, social media can be a beneficial way to let people know about it. Start a devoted Facebook page for your group where moms can check in regularly for new information.
Seek volunteers who might be willing to assist you with certain responsibilities, advises Moms Meet. For example, you might recruit a secretary to help with sending out emails or a treasurer to assist with financial concerns.
If your group becomes too large, think about moving the meeting location to a public space, such as a library, community center or house of worship.