It could be tough occasionally to meet like-minded moms in your community. Sometimes, our insecurities overwhelm us, and they stop us from even taking the first step. When I first became a mom, motherhood was extremely rewarding, but it was also filled with many unknowns. My husband and I thought we were the only parents who had kids that would take off in two different directions at the grocery store. Believed our son was the first one that didn’t sleep through the night. We assumed our daughter was the pickiest eater on the planet. We would meet other moms at the park, and their kids didn’t have these issues and seemed perfect. These women made motherhood look effortless.
Discovering moms in your community
Feeling defeated and inadequate, I can remember driving down Dynamite and seeing a sign for a mom’s group called Kate’s Cup. I would pass that sign every day for three months, wondering about attending. All these questions entered my mind. Fitting in with the group? Being accepted or liked? Do I have anything relevant to say to this group? One day, a neighbor reached out and asked me if I wanted to go. We went on the following Thursday. It was so intimating to walk into a room of 100 plus women, but luckily my neighbor had gone before, so she had a table of people she knew. These moms were warm, kind, and so welcoming. That day, I discovered that everyone’s kids ran in two different directions at the grocery store, and most of their children didn’t sleep through the night either. For the first time during this motherhood journey, I felt understood. I found a group of women that I could learn from and develop new ways to be a better mother. In the beginning, I was nervous about leaving my kids with strangers (even though the caregivers are background checked), but they loved going to Kate’s Cup. Each week, we learned something new and I grew in admiration for the women at my table, so grateful to have had that experience.
The more interaction I have with women in my community, the more I see we all have the need to be included, understood, and supported. Below is a list of women’s groups in Scottsdale. See which one works for you. Childcare is provided at all of these locations. If you do not like one, don’t give up. Keep searching until you find your tribe. If you have any questions, please feel free to email me at [email protected]
- MOMS – is a community for mothers whose youngest child is five or younger. Their hope is to offer encouragement in not just the everyday moments of motherhood but also in the deeper, more spiritual places within your heart as a woman and mom.
- MOPS – they connect moms worldwide 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 their identity by journeying alongside one another
- GROVE GALS – is a place for women of all ages and stages to experience genuine friendship and authentic community. This group of women seeks to grow, support and encourage everyone that is apart of Grove Gals. It’s a space to connect and the freedom to grow. They meet weekly on Thursday’s a Coolwater Christian Church.
- MORE FORS MOMS – is a community for mothers who have toddlers, teens, or kids in between or beyond. Their hope is to offer encouragement in not just the everyday moments of motherhood but also in the deeper, more spiritual places within your heart as a woman and mom.