You know the saying, “It takes a village to raise a child”? Well, it really does! Fortunately, there are many organizations in the Dayton area dedicated to this very mission. Check out this list of local support groups and get the benefit of learning and connecting with other moms like you.
This international organization (“Moms Offering Moms Support”) has several local chapters including groups in Lebanon and West Chester. Designed for stay-at-home-moms, this club organizes daytime outings, support services and offers free babysitting at meetings.
Moms Group of Oakwood
This group has it all: a book club, cooking club, community service projects, field trips, a moms’ night out, weekly playgroups, monthly meetings and courtesy meals – plus special outings just for dads!
MOPS or “Mothers of Preschoolers” is an international organization for moms of children ages birth through kindergarten. MOPS has 3,900 groups in 35 countries across the world, with several in Southwest Ohio. This organization is about connecting, empowering and helping women across the world. Want to start your own MOPS group? Find detailed directions on their web site for doing so.
Parents Without Partners
Parents Without Partners (PNP) is a support group for single parents that provides support in the form of discussions, professional speakers, study groups, publications and social activities. Dayton has a local chapter whose mission is to offer “a near perfect extended family – and a healthy environment for children and their single parents.” The group has regular meetings, kids’ activities and parent-only events like dinners and dances.
The Family Network
This “moms” group is really designed to meet the needs of the entire family, with regular meetings, play dates, family outings and consignment sales. This group consists of stay-at-home moms, stay-at-home dads and working parents from all around the Greater Dayton area. With so many member-led activities on the calendar, this organization offers something for every parent.
Dayton Mothers of Twins Club
This club was founded in 1943 by Ann Franklin, and is the oldest of its kind in the United States! The group is designed to meet the many needs of mothers of multiples, emotionally and socially, through monthly meetings, clothing sales and special events.
West Chester Mothers of Twins and More Club
If you’re a mom to multiples, this club is a must. West Chester Mothers of Twins and More hosts play groups, meetings and outings, as well as clothing swaps and a giant garage sale. Join the group when you’re pregnant to take full advantage of the group’s support!
Being a parent is hard work, but you aren’t alone! Consider joining one of these local groups for fun, friendship and support (and your kids will love it too!)