MOPS

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Thu, 06-16-2011 - 8:02am

MOPS was mentioned in the earlier thread about being a stay at home mom.

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In reply to: erica812
Thu, 06-16-2011 - 2:07pm
Erica- We do MOPS and I love it! It's so nice to have that tiny break from your kids, and I think it's really great for James to have the experience of being watched by a non-family member, and get the interaction with other kids his age. James has been going since he was 15ish months old.

At the end of this mops year, I still had David in the meeting with me. He was about 5 months at that time. It's pretty normal for mom's to keep nursing babies with them in the meeting. I'm sure every where is different, but my mops group is pretty laid back. Toddlers that aren't comfortable being left are often with their mom's, as well as most babies. It's also fine to put your baby in the nursery for part, and then bring them into the meeting for part. So far I have never left David in the nursery though. Everyone has small kids, so people are pretty understanding.

At our church, the MOPS set up is very similar to nursery/Sunday school on Sunday morning. Not sure if you send your kids to Sunday school or not, but if you're comfortable with that, it's basically the same thing. At three, Jonah would have a structured class, not just a play time, so they would probably do some songs, some art project, a lesson, snack time, etc. James always really seems to enjoy it. (though the one year old's class is more just playtime) And it's pretty nice to get to connect with other moms without having to worry about your kids. Also MOPS typically runs August-May or something, so your new baby will be a couple months old before it starts. (not that I would put him in the nursery at that age)
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In reply to: erica812
Thu, 06-16-2011 - 6:38pm

I was going to do MOPS here until I found out it was $105.00 a year. That is just too much for us. I am sure it is a great group but I can't afford that. So, I went through meetup.com instead and found a moms group for $25.00 a year instead which I like. I can't do as much as I would like due to work but they do stuff in the evenings and weekends too for those who work which is really nice.

David Nicholas 12/5/09
Expecting a GIRL 3/23/13

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In reply to: erica812
Thu, 06-16-2011 - 6:50pm
This must vary a lot from group to group. Mine had dues of $25/semester, but they were not turning anyone away if they couldn't afford it.

For me the cost was totally worth it, we got a full breakfast every meeting, materials for craft projects, and child care, all for under $5 a meeting!
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In reply to: erica812
Thu, 06-16-2011 - 6:59pm
I have not been to the one here as I work but I know that its $5 a meeting.

 Cassie 

     

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In reply to: erica812
Thu, 06-16-2011 - 7:03pm
Thanks for all the information. I appreciate hearing about the costs as well. I'll have to find out the amount in my area.

Grace, I'm glad to hear that babies or toddlers who need mommy are welcome. I was afraid that it might be very rigid, and that just wouldn't jive with our parenting style. We basically do attachment parenting (with our own variations), so it is important for me to be able to keep my kids with me if that is what they need in the moment. I suspect that Jonah will be fine. He occasionally goes to the nursery during our church service, and next week, he will have his first experience with Vacation Bible School. My main concern was the new baby.

Thanks again!
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