With all the kiddos starting back to school, it’s time to start thinking about yourself! (And as moms? We know how difficult that is!) So we thought we’d spend some time and focus on the MOPS Groups in town! (There are currently three groups that meet in Pueblo!) This year’s MOPS theme is Be You Bravely – which will put a focus on having the courage to be yourself, and knowing that it’s ok to not be just like everyone else!
For those of you who just want the basics? I’ll go ahead and list the three groups and their meeting times/locations! But if you’re interested and want to know more? I’ve interviewed one of the local MOPS leaders, so read on for info!
All three groups have fantastic qualities – I know members of each group personally and can vouch for an amazing experience at each group!
First Methodist Church
310 W 11th St
Pueblo, CO 81003-2891
Meetings :: 1st and 3rd Tuesday of each month at 9:00-11:00AM
Fellowship Of The Rockies
Address3892 W Northern Ave
Pueblo, CO 81005-2553
Meetings :: 1st and 3rd mornings 9:30-11 OR 2nd and 4th evenings 6:30-8
Pueblo, CO 81004
Meetings :: 1st and 3rd Fridays at 9:30AM-12:00PM
So first? What the heck is MOPS?
I’ll just go ahead and share with you how MOPS International describes themselves on their website, MOPS.org!
MOPS is a grassroots movement that believes moms are world influencers.
We also believe that incubating hearts and giving just-because-hugs can change the course of history. That’s why we connect moms all over the world to a community of women, in their own neighborhoods, who meet together to laugh, cry and embrace the journey of motherhood. MOPS groups are rallying women to be more honest, to feel more equipped and to find our identity by journeying along side one another.
MOPS stands for Mothers of Preschoolers, and by preschoolers we mean kiddos from birth through kindergarten. We know it’s a little confusing so let’s just stick with “MOPS.”
We are moms, and we believe that better moms make a better world.
But let’s get a little more personal than that! MOPS is a great way to reach out and meet other moms in the community! I have been a member of the First United Methodist MOPS group since my daughter was 2 years old! (I even spent two years as the leader, so I’m obviously a huge supporter!)
I walked into MOPS not knowing any other moms in town – and as a mom with a little one? That’s an important support group to have! I ended up having a handful of really close friends, a great support group and the knowledge that every other Tuesday morning I would get a little bit of Sanity!
But enough about me! I interviewed Amy andMelissa, the co-leaders of MOPS @ FUMC for this year!
How did you first come to MOPS?
Melissa: We moved to Pueblo 8 years ago and I had a 2-year old and a 6 month old. I didn’t have any mom friends, so my sister encouraged me to find a MOPS group. I looked up Pueblo MOPS groups, and the church where we meet was just down the street from our house, so I decided to try it out. Best decision ever!
Amy: I was first invited to a MOPs group in Texas when my second child was born. I had never heard of it before that time, but a friend invited me to join her. It was the first place where I felt comfortable leaving my little one for a little while so I could have some “me” time. It was nice to know that she was nearby and that I could check on her any time I needed.
What do you most look forward to about MOPS?
Melissa: Every MOPs meeting I look forward to just being with other moms, and honestly I look forward to sending my kids to childcare, lol! Moms have “being a mom” in common with each other, and it doesn’t matter how much money your husband makes, how many kids you have, whether you homeschool or public school, etc. We are all moms and that is good enough.
Amy: My favorite things about MOPs is seeing friends and being able to hold a conversation. So many times when I am with friends with our kids, the conversations are minimal. If you have young kids, you know the drill. You just start talking to another adult at the park and your little one runs off and you have to follow. You attempt to continue the conversation and she now needs you to help her on the swings. With MOPs, the little ones are entertained with the Moppets leaders so you are free to be with adults for a couple hours.
What’s your favorite MOPs activity?
Melissa: Although I was terrified at my first Tea and Testimony meeting, it has become one of my favorites. Moms get real with each other, and that doesn’t happen very often. We cry and we laugh, and we learn more about who people really are. The more you know someone, the better relationship you have with them.
Amy: My favorite MOPs activities are simply socializing with other moms!
What’s the best advice about parenthood that you’ve received?
Melissa: One of my mom’s favorite parenting quotes is, “It’s just a phase,” but it takes a while to realize that as a mom! Potty training is a phase, tantrums are (usually) a phase, not sleeping through the night is a phase, writing on the walls with marker is a phase, and so on!
Amy: Some of the best advice that I received through MOPs was assurance that many of the things that can be difficult with motherhood are universal and I am not alone!
Is there anything else you’d like to share?
Melissa: I have made lifelong friends that I never would have met had it not been for MOPS. Like I said, joining MOPs was one of the best decisions I made when we moved to Pueblo.
Amy: Since my middle child didn’t attend a formal preschool, she loved to call MOPs days her “MOPs School.
If you’re a mom with a little one in Pueblo? I hope you’ll consider looking into one of our awesome MOPS groups!! (All three have childcare available, and if you contact each group they can give you more information about their membership!) But if you’re looking for something a little bit less sit down and chat, and something a little more get up and move? May I suggest joining the No Excuse Mom group? We did a feature on them the other day, and have heard wonderful things about their outtings as wel!