I was lonely too when DD#1 was about 1y. I stumbled into Moms Club and have been a member for 6 years now. It’s basically a bunch of moms in your area/neighborhood that get together and do activities with their kids – park playdates, grocery store tours, craft and story time, zoo trips, etc. It varies by chapter, but they usually have a Moms Night Out once a month (no kids, unless nursing of course) for dinner or a movie or something. My club has playgroups by age/area as well as sub-interest clubs, like book club, recipe club, scrapbooking, etc. It’s pretty awesome in my opinion and while I initially joined to expose my daughter to playmates it really has been as much or more for me – mommy friends and support and advice.
I also like that Moms Club is a national non-profit organization. There is usually some type of annual charity project and some nominal yearly fee ($15ish) to cover newsletter and calender expenses (yes an activity calendar is organized and sent out every month). I’ve also been pleasantly surprised at how genuinely nice Moms Club people seem to be. At least my group (40+ women) has very little in-fighting or cattiness or anything. I can’t say the same for my informally organized neighborhood “moms group” – they are very clicky and back stabbing and catty – so much so I decided I was better off without them.
check it out:
just go the “Chapter Links” page to see if there is one in your area, but keep in mind that not all chapter have websites, so you can also email your info via the website and they will reply with who in your area you need to call.
Totally try it! I’m so glad I did!!