The women sit in small groups, eating and chatting as they wait for the days’ speaker. They know their preschool-age children are well taken care of in the nursery. After they hear the speaker, a door prize or two is awarded before they separate into small groups to discuss the topic of the day. The women then collect their little ones, and they go on with their busy days. But they feel refreshed.

Mornings like these are a Godsend to these moms. It gives them a chance to learn about a range of topics, from car seat safety to fitness to organizational strategies and beyond. It also allows them to meet up with other moms of babies, toddlers and preschoolers. Motherhood, especially stay-at-home motherhood, can isolate women if they aren’t careful. Here at Fifteenth Avenue MOPS, we strive to prevent that feeling of isolation.