Are your days filled with caring for your little ones? Dishes? Laundry? Cooking? Are the days of going out with friends on a Friday night long gone? As you experience motherhood, do you find the need to connect with other moms who “get it,” vital for your mommy sanity?
As a stay at home mom, my days are focused with caring for my little guy. When I was working, I had daily interaction with co-workers giving me a social aspect to my life. I’d go to lunch with friends from work and attend work related events.
Once I came home to care for my medically complex son, my social life went with it. The closest thing resembling a social life was talking to the nurses who cared for my son and church. The advent of social media helped me to connect with others, who, like me stayed at home being mommies to their adorable little ones.
Though I may never have a cup of tea with my mommy crew in person, it is wonderful to commiserate, ask questions or just share my day with others who understand and can encourage me in my journey.
Mom Group Benefits:
What are the benefits to being a member of a mommy group?
- Tips/Advice– Melissa, member of Tampa Bay Area Moms, says, “People are REAL about needing help and advice.”
- Community – Micki, from Moms of Trach Babies group, says, “People to celebrate and grieve with. People who validate how you feel and tell you it’s ok to feel that way. That’s powerful and we as people crave it.”
- Ask questions– Julee, a member of Tampa Bay Area Moms, says, “Quick answers from moms who have been there or done that.”
- You are not alone- Miranda, member of Moms of Trach Babies, says, “You know you are not alone. Someone has been through a similar experience as yours.”
- Fun – Jennifer, a member of Tampa Bay Area Moms, shares, “When I had no one to invite to my daughter’s 4th birthday (we’re new to Florida), I posted on here and two dozen kids showed up!”
Are you a Social Mommy?
There are many groups you can follow, connect with and engage in. Here at Tampa Bay Moms Blog (TBMB), the value of moms coming together is recognized as a heartbeat of our community. In order to help connect moms, TBMB has its own Facebook group to help foster a great community of moms.
Tampa Bay Moms Community + Conversation is a place to stand alongside the moms around you, whether they live next door or across town. The hope of TBMB is to create a safe place for moms from all walks of life to share their stories and receive encouragement, joined together by a passion for motherhood and shared experiences.
List of Mom Groups:
Below is a link for Tampa Bay Moms Community + Conversation and other mom groups in the Tampa Bay Area.
Business Among Moms – Tampa – A group for mompreneurs to gather, network and support. – 993 members.
Moms of South Tampa – Building relationships with other moms and kids in the community. 1.7K members.
Moms of Tampa – This group is open to stay at home moms, hard working moms and work from home moms. 714 members.
New Tampa Moms Group– A place for moms to meet. 1.2K members.
Tampa Bay Moms Community + Conversation by TBMB– 204 members.
Tampa Bay Moms– For Riverview, FL Moms to connect with other moms for coffee, lunch, play dates, salon days, etc. 1.4K members – https://www.facebook.com/groups/842754292414320
Tampa Bay Area Moms –Ask questions, give advice, vent, set up play dates, share recipes, etc. – 3.8K members. https://www.facebook.com/groups/561991490522563
Tampa Mom/SAHM Group – Meet other Tampa moms for friendship and fun. Carrollwood/North Tampa/Westchase Area. 172 members. https://www.facebook.com/groups/733854493393807
Tampa Bay Moms & Tots– Fun activities for Tampa Bay Moms- 237 members. https://www.facebook.com/groups/179980068867154
Special Needs Mom’s Groups:
For those who are special needs moms, here are a few resources to check out:
Moms of Trach Babies Group, Moms of tracheotomy children. 4638 members. https://www.facebook.com/groups/148064088585649
Special Needs Moms of South Tampa – For parents, grandparents, family, and friends of people with special needs children in South Tampa –113 members. https://www.facebook.com/groups/968423536603091
Tampa Bay Special Needs Homeschoolers – To connect, share resources and support each other. 265 members. https://www.facebook.com/groups/577554295714422
Pick a group you’d like to engage in and be a social mommy.