by Nicole Reitz
Jenna Kain and Sarah Melita started the Oswego Moms Group in September as a way to interact with other mothers in the community.
At their first event, 16 moms gathered at the Oswego Alliance Church’s community center with their children for a monthly play-date.
Now with over 100 friends on Facebook, the group is seeing new members join daily.
Kain and Melita talked with several moms in Oswego County last week at their booth at the Oswego Farmers Market. The group’s mission is to create genuine relationships with other mothers because the group believes that no one should have to mother alone. Mothers in the group encourage one another, share their troubles and have fun with children.
“OMG is made up of women going through the same sort of things at the same time,” said Melita, a mother of three. “We support each other, and in a short amount of time, have realized a sense of community. When your hurting it is nice to have someone to call.”
The Oswego Moms Group is open to all stay-at-home or working mothers in Oswego County. Members can come to events with or without their children and mothers with children of any age are welcome, along with mothers who homeschool.
Melita, who is involved in the Fulton Mothers of Preschool group, found that once a child enters school, there aren’t as many resources for mothers.
There used to be a MOPs group in Oswego, but it no longer exists. Melita and Kain wanted to start their own group in Oswego for mothers and children of all ages, where mothers can meet several times a month, and build ongoing relationships and friendships.
“This group is meant to be a place for everyone to belong,” said Kain. “Mothers can help each other out with meals and parenting.”
Kain and Melita have many events planned for the rest of the year and hope to hold more family events that would also include fathers.
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