While their preschool children are under the guidance of loving care givers, moms who are members of the Mothers of Preschoolers (MOPS) have the opportunity for a break.
MOPS is a national organization that has been around since the 1970s but only in the area for the last few years. Summit Evangelical Free Church is the meeting place for the group. Moms and their children from the surrounding area take part in MOPS twice a month.
"I love everything about it," said Heather Carr, Aurelia, who presently has been a member of the group for five years. Two children are now in kindergarten and she has one preschooler.
"We are a support group for moms."
The group is non-denominational. Most meetings include speakers - on just about every topic imaginable from potty training to braiding hair.
Crafts are also taken part in as is eating during the two-hour gathering. The moms have a few outings each year, including the Nail and Tale event which includes pampering at Faust - and a time for manicures - and a time for visiting - and telling tales - at Abner Bells.
During the meeting the children are divided into age groups and are in the care of "Mopettes" - women who volunteer their time to give the young moms a break. The children have the opportunity to take part in age-appropriate activities and interact with other children their age.
The group also includes several mentors; older moms who are on hand to share their mothering experiences.
Diane Mangold, Alta, has been a mentor for four years. "It's hard being a homemaker with kids. We're there to add the sparkle to motherhood. It's not that we know all the answers but if they have questions, we can provide them a different answers since we've been there. What you put in to your kids when they're young you will be paid back in big dividends later. It's great being around the young moms."
Member Jill Else, Holstein, commented about the group and what being a member has done for her. "It's so rewarding. To be honest, I've cried with moms who helped me through different situations. This group has been a blessing. We are all experiencing the exact same things and the exact ages.
"I encourage every mom who has preschool age kids to be a part of the group. Moms need to take a break from their kids once in awhile. For me that's important and it makes me a better mom."
MOPS meets 9:30-11:30 a.m. the first and third Wednesdays of each month at Summit. All moms with preschoolers are welcome. Contact Lori Stanton at 200-2359 if you have questions.