Kids laugh and scream in the background during a phone conversation with Annie Kawchack and Candace Havey.
On speakerphone, Havey leaves the call to mediate as laughter turns to tears.
“We have a Play-Doh fight,” Kawchack says.
For the mothers of young children, Kawchack and Havey said hectic is normal. That’s why they’re starting a group for others like them, Mothers Of Preschoolers, or MOPS.
“It’s a support group for moms, it helps us be more confident and feel empowered to make a difference in our children’s lives,” Kawchack said.
Meant for mothers with children from newborn to five years old, Kawchack said moms are welcome to bring older children too.
Children will be watched while moms gather together to discuss different topics.
Although faith based, Kawchak said the group is not doctrine based.
“This is a place where we can come and find friends and pool our resources together,” Kawchack said. “It’s very structured, the program provides themes and different topics to talk about. It’s not a gossip group what so ever. It’s where we can go to be nourished, make friendships, and find help when we’re at the end of our rope.”
Kawchack said she was motivated to start the group after bouncing around similar organizations in the past.
“I want to go somewhere where my lifestyle isn’t being judged and I don’t have to worry about doctrine,” Kawchack said. “This is an international organization to encourage moms in the community to come together for one common reason.”
Topics covered during the discussion group vary, but pertain to motherhood and being a wife, Kawchack said. The meetings will also feature either a craft or a guest speaker.
Kawchack said she hopes women will see how they can be empowered to go out and make a difference in their communities, regardless of their incomes.
And if nothing else, she at least hopes moms get a chance to recharge.
“For me it’s a chance to have an adult conversation instead of talking at a kids level all day,” Kawchack said.
Children three and older will work on activities in a Veggie Tale curriculum while moms meet.
The group has a Facebook page, Craig MOPS, and more information can be found online at www.MOPS.org.
The group will meet from 8:30-10 a.m. every second and fourth Friday of the month at New Creation Church, 520 Westridge Road.
There will be an informational meeting from 8:30-10 a.m. October 5th at New Creation Church.
For more information call Annie Kawchack at (970) 629-9504.
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