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Old 01-20-2005, 09:22 PM   #1
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I read a few references to MOPs tonight and was wondering if there is anyone out there that is post MOPS? My baby is in kdgn this year and it is just crazier with them all in school. I thought with all of them in school I would finally be able to get caught up again (like before #3 came along).
Seems like it is busier/crazier/more hectic now then when all three were in diapers. I wish there was a group for moms of elementary aged kids.
So what do you all do to keep on top of everything (I know that is a dream), but to just have that support?
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Old 01-20-2005, 09:46 PM   #2
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I am a long time "post mop", out three Moppets are now teenagers!
I do not know of any formal group for school aged children. Have you thought about your local PTA or are your children ready for Girl/Boy Scouts? You may just have a great idea on your hands for school aged mom groups though, MOPS started with a small group of women and look at it now! The only other support I can think of is right here at SCS!
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Old 01-21-2005, 02:50 AM   #3
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I am also a post0MOP. Yes, I have also found this phanomaena that your life actually gets crazier as the kids get older, I think it is a deep dark secret kept by moms so that you don't get completely scared off, Kinda like everyone talks about the terrible twos, but no one ever mentions that three is actually harder.

I have joined a bible study that meets during school hours. I still get the fellowship of being with other women. I love the age diversity. You can help moms with younger ones, but you get great encouragment and advice from the "more mature" ladies in the group.

You can could also look into becoming a mentor for your old MOPS group. I know a lot of groups have a hard time finding enough mentors.

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Old 01-21-2005, 04:17 AM   #4
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Find or better yet, start a MITI group for your kids' school! MITI (Moms In Touch International) is an organization whose goal it is to have every school covered by a MITI prayer group! Moms meet for one hour once a week and using a specific format, pray for their school, teachers and every student by name by the end of the school year. They also encourage acts of service (i.e. setting up special breakfasts, snacks, providing little gifts, etc. for the staff throughout the year. Here is the link to their website where you can get all the information you need to find an established group in your neighborhood as well as information on starting your own group. Best wishes to you . . . my three Moppets are in high school and 2 in their last year of Jr. High . . . it is a wonderful time . . . you'll enjoy each phase but no, it never slows down -- you're just busy in a different way. Trust me though, the older they get, the MORE they need Mom around! www.momsintouch.org
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Old 01-21-2005, 04:30 AM   #5
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Actually, even when your last child is in kindergarten, you can still attend MOPS; it's considered your last year.

That's where I am this year, but I chose to stop attending my MOPS group. My kids are now in school all day; I have had to step back and use this year to evaluate and make decisions: whether to go back to work, whether to try to rev up my stamping business, etc. In addition, with the health issues I'm dealing with from my thyroid surgery, I have a lot of doctor's appointments and visits to the lab for blood draws, so it just seemed easier not to be in MOPS this year.

It's been around 17 or 18 years since I had a break like this and I am enjoying it. But the busy-ness does not stop after they are all in school; I thought I'd be getting much more done than I am. I have managed to keep the house up a little better, am slowly cooking more than I was and relying less on take-out and Schwan's frozen dinner stuff, and am more caught up with laundry than before, but I'm still struggling to find the balance I thought I'd have achieved by now!
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You might try looking into a MOMS club. We are international, so there might be one in your area. The website is www.momsclub.org

It is a support group for SAHM and some of them have "playgroups" for MOMS only and then during the summer they have "playgroups" for the kids.
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I love MOPS and it has been a blessing for me. I have not been able to attend many meetings this year
as my ds is now in kindergarten and he gets off the bus before the meeting is over. My daytime babysitter recently
went back to work so I have no help in that area. There is a Mops group in my town, but I choose to drive
to a nearby chapter(about 15 minutes away). I began attending there before there was a chapter in my town.
Next year I plan on being more involved and my dd(she's 3) really misses moppets. After my children are both in school full days I really want to be a caregiver for our moppets. or maybe the one in my town.
belle5--That is so true about the threes! We are currenly enjoying that wonderful time with our 3 yo dd!
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I'm post-Mops, too! I was equally suprised that I didn't seem to gain much by both the boys being gone during the day. When I really thought about it, I realized that the after-school time is so much more intense now, that my day is OVER when they walk in the door, except for making supper. Between homework, their activities and their need for my personal attention, I really have to be super-available. Laundry, cleaning, shopping, stamping, appointments, projects, SCS, what-ever, all have to be done between 8 and 2:30. I have a morning Bible study and Moms in Touch once a week, stamp-club and a volunteer board meeting once a month. Life just keeps getting bigger with no let-up. I am blessed that my DH is perfectly happy as long as there are clean undies for tomorrow and supper for tonight.

They'll be home in 5 minutes, gotta go!

Welcome to the club....
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Old 01-21-2005, 06:38 AM   #9
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I am still in MOPS, I have 3 years left. Our Church did see the need for a post MOPS group and a couple of the moms started a moms morning for any mom, no matter how old the kids are. It is just as fun as mops, they do still have child care for the ones with little ones or who home school. We have studies, talk, eat, do crafts, what ever we are interested in, there is not "set" guidlines. I do go to both being they are on different days. I think there is always a need for a moms group and for support. All it takes is for 1 or 2 moms to start a new group.
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