Even with busy schedules centering around their children, some mothers lead a lonely life. Especially during the daytime when some of their friends work, many moms seek things to keep their kids — and themselves — occupied.
Moms Offering Moms Support Club is a national organization started by a California woman in 1983. The concept later spread to Scottsdale, especially the 85254 ZIP code, which has grown to northwest and southwest chapters, each with about 40 members.
“We are an organization of stay-at-home moms who meet other mothers and have our kids meet to play in groups,” said Becky Muday, president of the southwest Scottsdale chapter. “The moms talk and have lunch, while the kids get to know each other and play. We have all kinds of activities and keep ourselves and our kids quite busy.”
Among the things the moms do are a multi-age play group every other Tuesday, monthly activities such as visits to the Phoenix Zoo, mall shopping, holiday or seasonal parties, movie excursions, working with charitable organizations and supporting each other.
“We had one woman who moved here with her husband and kids who had no other immediate family in the Valley and a lot to take care of by herself,” Muday said. “We got out the word and there were 10 days worth of meals delivered to them from different members.”
Muday, whose children are 4-year-old Ava and 2 1 /2-yearold Elizabeth, said connecting to other moms with kids can be difficult for some.
Women who have left the workplace sometimes don’t get out enough for activities and to meet other moms.
Muday said it’s one thing for a mom to take her kid or kids out alone, and a lot different when getting together as a group.
Lisa Sternhagen, who recently moved to Scottsdale from Norfolk, Va., found the group by talking with a friend. She has involved Matthew, 3, and Sarah, 1, in the group.
“I want the kids to get to know other children in my area at a young age,” Sternhagen said. “This club is really the only thing I’ve seen that accomplishes that. The kids play together and I interact with the other moms.”
Kristen Neugebauer found the Scottsdale club on its national Web site, www.momsclub.org. She said it’s exactly what she was searching for.
“None of my friends have kids,” said Neugebauer, toting 16-month-old Nathan. “This is great not just for the kids, but the chance to learn things from other moms with older children. I’m making friends and so is Nathan. I want him to socialize now. He seems to enjoy it.”
Annual dues for the Scottsdale Southwest chapter are $30.
The group has an open house scheduled for 10 a.m. to noon May 19 at Cactus Park, where there will be games and food.
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