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Calling all like-minded mums

A special open day will be held on February 1, hosted by the Shepparton Mothers of Preschoolers Group

JORDIE KRAUTZ, WORK EXPERIENCE JOURNALIST January 31, 2013 11:30am

Rachel Webb, Judah, 3, Ally Edwards and Phoebe, 6 months, Emma Caiafa with Oran, 3, and Liam 5 .


Like-minded mothers are being encouraged to get together and unwind as part of an open day hosted by the Shepparton Mothers Of Preschoolers group.

The group, also known as MOPS, said the day was a chance for mothers to spend child-free time together while enjoying quality conversation.

‘‘Being a mum can be very isolating as you’re stuck at home,’’ MOPS Shepparton assistant coordinator Rachel Webb said.

‘‘It can be confusing in particular for first-time mums and they need to know that they’re not alone.’’

Volunteer carers will be on hand to take care of the little ones and a morning tea and baby change facilities will be provided.

MOPS encourages and motivates mothers with children aged from newborn to Prep to connect with one another, form meaningful relationships, and create support networks.

The group meets fortnightly on the first and third Wednesday of the month at Encounter Church on Verney Rd, from 9.15am to 11.30am.

‘‘MOPS is different from most mothers groups in that the mothers and children are separate,’’ Ms Webb said.

‘‘Mums get to have uninterrupted and meaningful conversation, while kids get about two hours to play together, build their social skills and just be kids.’’

She said during the child-free time, mothers could participate in arts and crafts, enjoy encouraging discussion and a free morning tea.

‘‘When mums come they feel like they’ve got their sanity back, even if its just for a little while,’’ Ms Webb said.

Grahamvale mother-of-four and regular attendee Ally Edwards said the group’s fortnightly meetings were the perfect chance for mothers to build relationships and be uplifted.

‘‘It’s so encouraging,’’ she said. ‘‘It’s a great place to meet new people and make new friends. I’ve learnt heaps, and I definitely feel supported.’’

Each year the group has a theme, with this year’s focus titled ‘‘Plunge — Love as if your life depended on it’’.

‘‘It’s about how to best to love your child in a practical way,’’ Ms Webb said.

She urged mothers to come along to the open day.

‘‘At the end of the day, mums need other mums,’’ she said. ‘‘Their challenges will pass and MOPS can help them get through it.’’

Anyone wanting more information can phone Rachel Webb on 0404123173 or email rach@sheppartonaog.org.au

The open day will be held at the All Abilities Playground in Tom Collins Dve, next to Aquamoves, tomorrow from 10am to midday.

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