When Sarah Cox gave up her job as a social worker to be a stay-at-home mom, she was struck by the daily loneliness. “It’s a wonderful experience, but it’s also very hard,” she says.
While she says being a stay-at-home mom is a blessing, at times she misses the face-to-face interaction of her job.
To help support other stay-at-home moms, Cox is starting a MOMS Club Stapleton chapter this May.
MOMS (Moms Offering Moms Support) Club is a nonprofit organization with chapters worldwide, including 26 in Colorado.
For a membership fee, each chapter offers daily activities for mothers to have face-to-face interaction with other mothers and kids. All activities are open to children. Cox says every chapter has its own flavor, and activities range from playgroups in people’s homes, to meeting at the park, to a day at the Butterfly Pavilion. Some chapters also have dinner exchanges where mothers and kids meet for a playdate, and each mother brings a dish. They combine all the dishes for a complete meal so moms don’t have to cook that night.
Cox first experienced the organization when she moved to Virginia for her husband’s job. She had her 1-year-old daughter and a week before moving learned she was pregnant with her second daughter.
She joined the MOMS Club Midlothian, Va., Chapter. The club members threw her a baby shower. “They provided wonderful support,” she says. “Motherhood is difficult, but somehow you figure it out,” she says and laughs.
Each month the Stapleton Chapter will meet to discuss the month’s activities. Based on requests, Cox plans to also have speakers. She is currently seeking input on the types of events moms want.
The first meeting is 10am to noon May 20 at the Sam Gary Branch Library. Membership will cost $25 a year. To connect with Sarah, email Sarah.Lauren.Cox@gmail.com. For more information about MOMS Club, visit momsclub.com.