When I first moved to the suburbs, I didn’t know a soul and it seemed that the person I had the deepest relationship with was the Good Humor Man. Nothing against the Good Humor Man, but I longed to connect with other like-minded moms who had left the workforce, and maybe even the city, to stay home with their kids. Sadly, there was no designated “Formerly Employed Moms Hang Out Zone,” so I was really at a loss where to find some friends.
Then I heard about a meeting at my local YMCA of a group called “FEMALE.” This was an acronym for “Formerly Employed Mothers at the Leading Edge.” I wasn’t sure what they were at the leading edge of, and if they were anything like me, they were probably at the leading edge of sleep-deprived insanity, but I decided to give it a try anyway. FEMALE turned out to be my salvation and helped me connect with some other women who were struggling to redefine themselves without a paycheck and a cool job title to fall back on. They also had great snacks at the meetings, but that is besides the point.
It turned out FEMALE was actually a national support group with chapters in cities all across the country. In 2000, FEMALE changed it’s name to Mothers & More and since then, they have served more than 100,000 mothers over the years with programming, information and resources to help women who are experiencing the challenges that all mothers face, not only in raising children but also in fulfilling their sense of self and self-worth.
I recently had the opportunity to become reaquainted with Mothers & More through my good friend Estelle who is on their board of directors. Having had such a positive experience with the group, I was thrilled when they invited me to participate in a webinar. We both thought it would be a great opportunity to share my experience becoming “Lost in Suburbia,” and what I did to get my cool back. The webinar is called “Laughing Your Way Through Motherhood” and it is free to anyone who attends, whether you are a member of Mothers & More, or not.
It is this coming Tuesday, April 9th at 1pm. All you have to do is pre-register to attend. To sign up, CLICK HERE.
Aside from the webinars, Mothers & More has a huge number of programs and opportunities for moms and I would encourage you to consider joining the group and connecting with a chapter in your area. To join, fill out this form. Additionally, you can get $5 off the membership cost of $45 by using the promo code savvy4mom which good for all of April 2013.
The other thing I wanted to share about Mothers & More is some information about their advocacy campaign, Power of a Purse. Power of a Purse was created in 2009 to spotlight mothers’ economic issues, in part by collecting new and gently used purses for mothers in need. A purse symbolizes a woman‘s economic power and many families rely on a mother‘s income. Mothers & More believes that no matter where a woman rests on the social ladder, there is “power in her purse” when she is able to provide for herself and her children. To date they have collected and distributed over 20,000 purses, and personal items to fill those purses, to mothers in tough financial circumstances. Join them for a Twitter Party on Thursday, April 11 at 9pm for some girl talk, prizes and the chance to learn more about this important campaign. For more information about Power of a Purse, CLICK HERE.
As you know I don’t promote a lot of groups or businesses on my blog. So clearly it has to be a very meaningful organization to me to write about it. I hope you will consider joining and will join me for my webinar on tuesday! I promise it will be a lot of fun and we will be giving away a copy of my new book, “Lost in Suburbia: A Momoir: How I Got Pregnant, Lost Myself and Got my Cool Back in the New Jersey Suburbs.” . Hope to “see” you then!!