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Saturday, November 17, 2018

Local Group Supporting Stay-at-Home Moms

pexels-photo-medium-1Jodeana Hargreaves is a stay-at-home-mom who acknowledges that sometimes she wants a little alone time.

“For me personally, you just want silence. Just going to the grocery store, just wandering around, sitting on display chairs for just a minute,” said Hargreaves, president of the MOMS Club of Laveen/South Mountain. “I know a lot of moms do that.”

When it takes her two hours to buy bread and milk, her husband understands.

“A lot of us have supportive husbands who know it is hard to be at home with them all the time especially if they are not in school yet.”

Don’t get her wrong. She would not trade her life for anything and is grateful to be able to be at home with four-year-old twins.

In fact, all of the members of the MOMS Club are very grateful to be able to stay at home with their kids,” she said. But sometimes they need a little contact with other adults in similar circumstances.

The club is for stay-at-home moms. It is a 40-year-old club with chapters all over the world. The Laveen/South Mountain group has about 14 active members and they are always looking for more.

“We are a group that supports stay-at-home Moms,” she said.

They support each other by networking, passing along parenting tips that work and if they need to vent, the group is available for that as well. The club also as a babysitting co-op and it gives parents a date night by looking after the children for a few hours.

Once a month it puts together a Mom’s Night Out.

“We usually go out in the evenings so the fathers can watch the kids,” she said.

“We are really good friends and it is nice to have the camaraderie among each other.”

Before they were married the Hargreaves decided she would stay at home with the kids.

“We didn’t want them to go to day care and have them taken care of by someone else,” she said.

And yes, there are sacrifices such as being a one-income family, but many of the Moms have side jobs working from home such as selling jewelry or make up and the like.

Drawbacks are that you don’t have time for yourself. You are on the clock from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. You don’t get a day off if you are sick. That’s just the way it is, she said.

The members also reach out to the community with service projects each month. On Thanksgiving they bought dinners for three needy families and adopted a family for Christmas. They also pitched in at two group foster homes where the children really didn’t expect anything at all.

“We have 10 children and we submitted Christmas wish lists for all 10,” said Vivian Johnson director of the two houses overseen by Building Dreams based in Phoenix. “The week before Christmas they (the moms) came and met all the kids and brought their own kids. They all played together.”

Johnson said it meant the world to the foster children that someone they didn’t even know cared about them.

Hargreaves said at first they were apprehensive because they did not want to be disappointed. They asked for things like shoes and one girl just a decorative tin of Christmas cookies.

The fee to join is $24 for a year and to renew is $20. All the money goes toward service projects like the Thanksgiving and Christmas projects and others throughout the year.

To learn more call Hargreaves at 602-327-0998 or visit momsclublaveensouthmountain@yahoo.com

 

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