As any mom can tell you, the monotony of each and every day at home with kids can get a little, well, monotonous. There have been many a day that the only person I talked to who was over the age of 4 was my husband. Maybe it’s because I’m a social person by nature, or maybe it’s because I spend a huge part of my day with the under-5 crowd, but I CRAVE adult conversation. (Especially when we’re talking about The Hunger Games, but I digress.)
But I also feel like it can be hard to meet other moms, especially if you’re new to an area, and especially if you spend a good part of your day chasing after kids.
Enter meetup.com. I first heard of Meetup back in college, but I never really gave it much thought until I started my job as a stay at home mom. The website is very user friendly, so all I did was type in my current zip code and viola! Two or three different playgroups in the area showed up. I joined the one closest to me (and that looked like it was the most active) and just like that, I’d made myself some new friends.
I found a wonderful group during our small time in Oklahoma as well, and let me tell you, I’m not sure how else I would have survived being so far “away from home” without those ladies and just having something to do to break up the day to day.
As we were preparing for our move to Peachtree City, however, I noticed that there was not a group in that area. I thought about starting my own meetup group but I kept deciding against it. Maybe other people had tried to start one with no interest? After all, there are other mom groups in the area, so maybe the format of meetup.com didn’t mesh well with moms “in the bubble.”
I finally bit the bullet back in December after exhausting all my other options. Meetup does charge a small fee to use their site, and I figured it wouldn’t hurt to pay for a one month membership-if no one joined, I was only out a few dollars & the time it took me to set up the webpage.
Luckily, once our page went public, there was a great response! As it turns out, there WERE other moms in the area who were looking for the same things I was- to get out of the house, for adult conversation, for friends for their little ones. Oh, and let’s not forget-Mom’s Night Out!!
If you’re in the area, we’d love to have you join us! You can find the link to our page under “playgroup” on the PSMB page. Or maybe you’re in South Atlanta but not quite close to us-start your own group! I can almost guarantee you that there are other moms close by who are just looking to make some new friends.by