Meetup.com hosts nearly 4,000 SAHM groups in 1,500 cities around the world and the odds are very high that there is at least one group near you. Groups include stroller meet-ups, breastfeeding moms, babywearing, attachment parenting, moms of multiples, moms of special needs kids, and so much more. Most groups are free to join and host no- or low-cost events.
2. Mocha Moms, Inc.
Mocha Moms is “the premier voice and support group for mothers of color." Founded in the spring of 1997 as a newsletter distributed to over 100 mothers across the country, the first Mocha Moms group was established in Maryland in the summer of 1997 and has grown to over 100 chapters throughout the U.S. Click here to find a chapter.
3. Online Communities
Virtual friends can be another awesome resource for at-home moms. In addition to Facebook groups (there's one for literally every topic, and if not, why not start your own!), online forums are full of at-home moms looking for advice, camaraderie, and understanding. Try CircleofMoms.com and its SAHM community, or CafeMom.com.
4. Mothers & More
Founded in 1987, Mothers & More consists of “moms who have left the paid workplace and those who are working for pay part-time, full-time and everything in between." It tenets include advocacy for all mothers and respect for all the work done by mothers, paid or unpaid. Click here to find your local chapter or even start your own.
5. Holistic Moms Network
Originally founded in 2002 in New Jersey, the Holistic Moms Network purports to empower parents who are passionate about natural living by offering “support, community, and connection." Click here to find your local chapter.
6. La Leche League (LLL)
For information and support surrounding breastfeeding, La Leche League International (and its U.S. site) is the premier resource. LLL is available literally 24-hours a day via its Breastfeeding Helpline, but local groups provide a safe place for questions, on-hand assistance, and mom-to-mom support.
7. MOPS (Mothers of Preschoolers)
MOPS is a support group, often hosted by churches, that offers members mentoring, creative activities, and childcare during meetings. Click here to find your local group, one of nearly 4,000 in the U.S. and around the world.
8. Babywearing International (BWI)
If you wear your little one or are interested in learning more about baby carriers, Babywearing International is the ultimate resource. BWI offers more than 85 local chapters across the U.S. offering meet-ups weekly or monthly, but you can also explore babywearing online. Facebook is full of vibrant babywearing communities, from large general information groups to manufacturer-specific groups, even babywearing support groups for parents of kids with special needs.
9. National Organization of Mothers of Twins Clubs (a.k.a. Multiples of America)
With over 25,000 members in 400 local support groups nationwide, Multiples of America provides support to parents of multiple birth children, as well as an annual national report and convention. Click here to find a local club.
10. MOMS (Mothers Offering Mothers Support) Club
MOMS Club touts itself as “the first, largest, and fastest-growing support group specifically for ALL at-home mothers" and offers chapters across the country with varying member dues. Click here to view many of their local chapters, but since not all chapters maintain a website, click here to fill out a form and they will contact you with your closest chapter.
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