Everyone knows that moms can handle anything that gets thrown at them. But if you're a mom, it's still nice to have some support every now and then. There are plenty of groups in the Twin Cities and Rochester that have your back. Keep this list of local resources handy for whenever you need a helping hand.
BCB originated in Chicago as the brainchild of Lindsay Pinchuk, who realized that moms and moms-to-be needed a centralized place to form a supportive community. Today BCB is in more than 15 major markets, including the Twin Cities. They conduct a number of events and seminars such as dinner Q&A with a panel of pediatricians, free yoga classes and tips on dealing with picky eaters.
Part of being a mom is knowing how to get more out of less. Frugal Mom is your clearinghouse for coupons and freebies offered by area restaurants and shops. They also maintain a list of restaurants where kids eat free and a month-by-month guide of categories with the best buys. You'll find deals on family entertainment and events that give you socializing time with other moms.
MOMS Club is a national non-profit organization designed to support today's at-home mothers. Activities range from membership meetings (bring the kids!) and play dates to community service projects and MOMS Night Out. There is a chapter in St. Paul's Summit Hill neighborhood. To find others in the area, visit the MOMS Club national website.
Moms come in all kinds of varieties: stay-at-home, working, adoptive, single and more. Mothers & More is another national organization dedicated to creating a network for support through all phases of motherhood. The Rochester chapter holds twice-monthly evening meetings and sponsors activities for kids and families, book and craft clubs, and many other special events. Feel free to attend up to two meetings before making the decision to join.
Med City Moms is a Meetup group with a diverse membership of moms from Rochester and the surrounding area. The Meetup page allows you to see at a glance upcoming events such as meetings, play groups and moms-only get-togethers.
How do you make sure you get some alone time in your busy schedule? Share your secrets in the comments!