Basic Principles of a MOPS Group
Welcoming to all Women
We’ve all been placed in this time and place in history, as the tribe of women who are raising the world. And the beauty of it is that we don’t all have to agree with one another but everyone is in and we all need each other.
Sometimes we need a wise woman who has been there and done that to bounce ideas off of. That’s why we love our MOPS Mentors, they have sage advice and willing ears.
You have the ability to do big things. We want to help you gain the confidence to use your voice to change your world.
Real talk is liberating. It frees us from assumptions that we are alone in our struggles. We value taking a risk and sharing your story in order to heal someone else from their isolation.
Really, who needs another tutorial on how to make crepe paper flowers? What we provide is mommy friends who get you, hope-filled insight, and speakers who know we’ve only had three hours of uninterrupted sleep last night so they better keep it interesting.
Create, imagine, and actually finish a project. We occasionally like to have something “pinteresty” (Yes, that is a made up word. Work with me here.) to make at our meetings. We all need a little time to indulge in a creative endeavor.
Look, we all love our kids, but let’s be honest: a little break now and then makes us want to be with them even more. We provide a preschool-style experience for your kiddos that they will love going back to.
What to Expect at Your First Meeting
Need some inspiration? At every meeting there will be a speaker or video that gives practical tools and insight into the specific things that are important to you.
Meet a MOPS Mentor who has been through it all and has great advice and a willing ear.
Time to Chat
We moms need each other. At each meeting there will be time to get to know other moms in an accepting small group atmosphere.
You’ll Get Crafty
We like to try new things and be creative. Many groups incorporate a fun craft time into their meeting agenda.
Care for Your Kids
We call it MOPS Kids, and it is an excellent program staffed by trained teachers who will nurture your kids in a preschool-like environment.
Learn to Lead
MOPS groups are organized and run by mothers of preschoolers. Gain leadership skills through the training and experience provided by MOPS.
The Kit …
- A guidebook to help transform each mom’s year
- Postcards and prints to show MOPS pride and spread some love
- A small jewelry item that matches the yearly theme
- And of course lots of other surprises that’ll cause spontaneous smiles
The Encouragement …
- An annual subscription to The MOPS Magazine delivered right to every mom’s doorstep
- Weekly emails about what moms are talking about – parenting, womanhood, sex, marriage and so much more
- Exclusive downloadables from our favorite artists, authors, boss-moms, and culture and faith influencers
The Community …
- Invitation to the mother-of-all mom meet-ups: MOPS groups (more than 4,000 meeting worldwide!)
- Exclusive Member only discount to the world’s largest mothering conference – MOMcon
- Access to select live-streaming sessions at MOMcon
- Support and encouragement for Global MOPS – helping embolden moms in more than 40 countries around the world
Different Groups for Different People
Feel like just an ordinary mom? Far from it, sister! No matter how many kids you have, if you work, stay-at-home, are married or single, starting a MOPS group empowers you to link arms with other moms and journey together through motherhood. MOPS groups vary in size from 4 – 200 moms and meet once or twice per month. You cannot be supermom all the time, which is why groups often provide childcare for MOPS moms through our MOPS Kids program.
Teen MOPS provides a supportive and welcoming environment where a teen mom can come and let her guard down, find motivation, encouragement, and relief knowing she is not alone. Teen MOPS groups help teen moms become more self-sufficient, confident, mature and giving women. These groups meet in public schools or community centers, as well as in churches, and usually meet twice a month. Teen MOPS group Leaders receive additional resources specifically related to teen parenting.
We know that your job as a mom doesn’t stop when your kiddos head off to school. Though new challenges and struggles arise as you enter into the school years with your kids, the need for community, hope and friendship remains. That’s why we offer MOMSnext, groups that are specifically designed to meet the needs of moms with school-age children.
Because of the unique situations that Military moms face, we have created a group with all the support and care as a regular MOPS group, with the much-needed flexibility military life requires. Military MOPS groups meet once or twice each month for teaching, discussion groups, creative activities and mom talk over a meal or snack. Military MOPS groups also often provide childcare through our MOPS Kids program.