When my oldest was born and we made the decision that I would stay home (“we” as in my husband and me; the kid didn’t get a say in the matter), I really never gave much thought to how much I’d want or need a mama tribe in my life.
After the kid and I found our groove and started venturing out more, taking classes, doing activities, I found that I was not a mom who was any good at picking up other moms. Even with the go-to mom pickup line — “how old is he?” — I could never bring myself to ask for a phone number, let alone a first date.
When my kiddo was about a year and a half, I saw an out-of-state friend’s post about going out with her mom club. Certainly, we had to have one of those where I lived. Turns out we did. I met up with them at a park and joined the next week. I had no idea what to expect, but I found an incredibly warm, welcoming and supportive — not to mention a ton of fun — group of moms who’ve become life-long friends. They have been my lifeline as a mom who both stays home and attempts to work from home. They’re moms with diverse backgrounds, family sizes, experiences, and I’ve learned so much from (and leaned so much on) all of them.
So if you’re at home at least part of the day and craving adult interaction, I highly encourage you to look up a group in your area. Here’s a list of chapters, groups and organizations around town to help you find your peeps (and if we’ve inadvertently left anyone out, please add your link in the comments!):
“MOMS offering Moms Support” – a group offering activities for at-home mothers
Lewis Center – North
Lewis Center – South
Powell Upper Northwest
Mothers of preschoolers – non-denominational Christian organization that reaches out to all mothers of children under school age
- All Nations Christian Fellowship – mops.ancfchurch.org
- Life Vineyard Church – lifevineyardchurch.com/church-life/mops
- Beechwold Christian Church – www.beechwoldchristian.org/mops
- Potter’s House – www.mops.org/groups/pottershouse
- Liberty Presbyterian Church – libertybarnchurch.com/ministries/adults/moms/mops
- Indian Run UMC – www.mops.org/groups/indian-run-united-methodist-church
- Grove City Nazarene Church – facebook.com/Grove-City-Nazarene-MOPS-121719344582706
- St. John’s Evangelical Lutheran Church – stjohnsgc.org/
- Scioto Ridge United Methodist Church – www.facebook.com/MOPSatSciotoRidge
- North Church – 740-548-6648
- First United Methodist Church – 937-642-4712
- Reynoldsburg United Methodist Church – 614-866-5864
- Upper Arlington Lutheran Church – www.sites.google.com/site/ualcmops/
- Genoa Church – (740) 965-5548
- Grace Polaris Church – gracepolarismops.wordpress.com
- Heritage Christian Church – heritagecc.org/women
- Linworth Baptist Church – http://www.linworthbaptist.org
a national, non-profit support organization whose mission is to support, inspire, educate, and advocate for mothers of color.
Mocha Moms of Columbus
MOMS N MUNCHKINS
GAHANNA MOMS NETWORK
COLUMBUS MOTHERS OF TWINS CLUB
for any Central Ohio woman who is a mother or guardian of twins or higher order multiples, or who is expecting twins or higher order multiples
Fitness Group for Moms
Work out with other moms in a supportive environment. The Stroller Strides program allows you to work out and bring your little one along.
Columbus North Fit4Mom
Other Moms Groups
Pataskala- Tri-Village Moms INC.
Mothers In Arms
I found local tribes from the national groups; MomsClub.org & MOPS.org. I have heard great things about our local Stoller Strides groups/Fit4Mom too! Go find your tribe!
Yes! I’ve heard wonderful things about those group as well!
Bexley Moms- a community of moms living in the 43209 zip code (Berwick, Bexley & Eastmoor) http://www.meetup.com/bexleymoms
Thank you! I’m sorry I missed that one!
Westerville Christian Church has MOPS and MomsNEXT (for moms of school age children)
Any tours for non- SAHM? I work, but only 3 days a week and I’m on the east side in Pickerington… doesn’t look like we have a lot of representation in this list :(.
Hi Amanda! I can’t speak for all the groups, but I know at least the MOMS Club I’m in welcomes all moms – working or not! We’ve had lawyers, realtors, doctors, nurses, education professionals and more join. The majority of our events are during the weekday, but if you’re part time or work evenings or from home, we are welcoming and try to be accommodating! Hopefully the groups near you are too! Worth a shot to reach out and ask! Best of luck!
Hey Amanda! I am a working mom with some days off during the week and I have a moms group I joined using the website / app meetup.com So basically when I know I have the day off, I check the calendar and see if anyone has scheduled a play date meet up somewhere and if they haven’t I create one. Very casual. Maybe that could be an option? My group does metopes mainly around Hilliard / Dublin but we go to the Columbus Commons a lot in the summer and the big splash pad downtown, etc.
Baby Boot Camp Columbus is another great fitness group for moms.
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