Having a tribe is so incredibly important. Mamas need support from people who understand the struggles of motherhood. A mom group is a wonderful place to meet your support system. Mom groups can live solely on Facebook, where moms connect and share to a private group, or mom groups can have a Facebook component but also have face-to-face meetups so those involved can get to know each other a little more personally. Meetups are a wonderful place for kiddos to get to know each other, too.
If you are like me, your area doesn’t have a mom group with meetups that are local to you. I have to drive 45 minutes to an hour to attend meetups for one of the groups I’m a part of.
My solution: start my own mom group
My sister-in-law and I teamed up and started a mom group that is local to us. Ideally, we’ll have meetups once or twice a month.
How to Start a Mom Group
- Where will your host your group? Only online or will you have local meetups?
- Is your group for local moms only?
- Decide how much time and effort you want to put into your group. This may help you determine where you decide your group will be hosted.
Decide on Rules
- What expectations would you like group members to follow?
- Clearly lay out what you do and don’t want in your group so that all members are on the same page.
- If your group is on Facebook, it is helpful to pin a post requesting all members read the rules and leave a comment. By doing this, you are ensuring everyone knows what is expected and if those rules are broken, they know there may be consequences.
Create a Group
- Whether you decide to have an online group or local group, it is a good idea to have an online forum so moms can get to know each other.
- Facebook is a great platform because many people use it but there are others out there. Meetup is another great site that sends invites for events.
- My SIL and I decided on Facebook because we’re familiar with it and that’s where we communicate most frequently with our friends.
- We made our group a closed group with questions to be answered before they are approved to join.
- Invite moms from your Friends list to join your group
- Share a link to the group on Facebook or another social platform so moms can request to join the group even if they aren’t on your Friends list.
- If your group is local, post fliers in grocery stores (if allowed) or on other community sharing boards. Be really specific on your flier about who is invited to join though.
Get to Know Each Other
- Now that you have members in your group, ask for them to introduce themselves.
- If you are hosting meetups, create your first event and invite members to join.
- Post regularly in your online forum so they don’t forget about the group.
- Post games, silly questions, or GIF wars for some fun and engagement.
- Encourage members to ask questions that they are needing help with.
- Post weekly threads (weekly goals, challenges, mom wins, mom fails, etc.)
Evaluate your Mom Group
- After some time, (3 months, 6 months, 1 years) take time to reflect on the success of your group.
- Are people engaged?
- Are meetups well attended?
- Is it taking too much of your time?
- Would you like help running the group?
- Is it too much work at this time and you need to hand it over to someone else?
Starting a mom group can be really fun, but a lot of work. If you decide it’s too much work for you, ask someone for help. That is a totally acceptable thing to do.
If you don’t want to create your own group, feel free to join my Facebook group, Messy Mama Life.
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