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Locally in it’s fourth year, MOPS otherwise known as Mothers of Preschoolers is a non profit organization that provides mothers of children aged birth to kindergarten the opportunity to receive support, community, and friendships with other mothers. It also encourages them to become strong women of confidence with their parenting skills. It serves to help moms feel more equipped and to help keep or find their identity by journeying alongside one another through this journey called parenthood.

MOPS originally began in 1973 worldwide, when a group of moms of young children banded together to share their lives and parenting journeys. Over the years, MOPS has expanded their reach to include moms with older kids such as kindergarten aged, partnering with churches and organizations to equip and encourage moms in more than 60 countries. As of 2017, there were about 4000 chapters worldwide in over 60 countries.

Blackford County is proud to have a MOPS group here! The group of moms and mentors meet the first and third Friday’s of every month during the Blackford County Schools calendar year. The meetings are hosted at the Fellowship Hall in the downstairs of Grace United Methodist Church, on Washington Street in Hartford City. Meeting times are from 9:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. During these meetings the moms can relax, enjoy brunch, and socialize with one another. Some meetings they watch encouraging MOPS videos and follow up with conversations surrounding it, have guest speakers from organizations in the community and some meetings they create crafts. There are currently around 11 moms and mentors who attend the local meetings.

There is child care provided on site by volunteers so that the mothers can concentrate on the conversation, speaker or task at hand. There is a preschool room for the older children and a nursery for the younger. The children get to have a play date and socialize as well. The MOPS organization provides educational learning for the children while in their care.

Most mothers of young children will agree that at times during these young years of parenting can be difficult. There can be days of overwhelming doubts, not only for first time moms but moms of many. MOPS is there to encourage the full potential of being a leader to their youth by building the confidence of parenting. MOPS is there to help mothers understand that they are not in this alone. That the emotions of pride to frustration happens to all moms and at times only other moms can truly understand those rocky emotions. Sometimes, a little support and some encouraging words is what is needed to carry on as the strong roll model that you are to your children.

If you are expecting or have an infant, toddler or preschooler, MOPS would love to welcome you to the group! You can find MOPS on social media, Facebook, under MOPS Blackford or email them at mopsblackford@gmail.com

The next MOPS meetings are December 6 and December 20, the group of moms would love to see some new faces.