Join or Come Back & Save

blog_CyberMondayWant the chance to connect face to face with moms who won’t (hopefully!) bite or scream at them? Come back to us or pay your dues today and receive one free year of MOPS International Membership.

If you’ve visited us, MOPS of Newnan, been a member in the past or just haven’t prioritized our meetings, now is the time. Contact us today before this offer goes away.

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Spirit Night at Newk’s Eatery

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Did you know MOPS of Newnan is a not-for-profit organization who cares for mamas throughout Newnan? Momming is as hard as it is rewarding; so here, we gather moms with children (age 0-kindergarten) to share in hardships and triumphs.

We are proud to bring family resources to our moms, as well as a few child-free hours each month at meetings where we serve coffee and breakfast. There are many ways to support MOPS of Newnan, including providing coffee or breakfast, running an ad here on our website or doing everyday activities like taking your family out for dinner to one of our spirit nights throughout the year!

Tonight from 5-8pm, you can feed your family and support our organization by meeting us at Newk’s Eatery for dinner. A portion of every purchase will come back to us, allowing us to reach one more mom who needs our support! Shout out you’re support by clicking our event or checking in to Newk’s Eatery tonight.

*Click here to read our letter to the community listing the many different ways to support MOPS of Newnan >> Advertisement_Fundraising_MOPSofNewnan_2018-19.*

Moms’ Night Out with Mentors

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Mamas, it has been since July that we hosted a Moms’ Night Out, so we are so happy to share that First Baptist Church of Newnan has planned one for us!

Join us on October 11th from 7-9 pm for Coffee and Cookies at The Warehouse | First Baptist Church Newnan. Our Moms’ Nights Out are best when First Baptist Church of Newnan hosts, so you don’t want to miss! Not only will it be a time for us to mingle with each other, but a chance to meet mentors – moms who have gone before us – who want to serve us in this season.

No matter if you are in the middle of a storm or stepping out into sunshine, we want you to join us. Your story matters to us and the mom next to you; we need you to open up and share your story and your heart, just as it feels today!

We’ve been asked to register for this event (by October 4th), so our gracious hosts can properly prepare. So click here to register now!!

*Please note, childcare is not provided for this event.

Oh No! Back To School!

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If you’re in my shoes, this isn’t the year for back to school, it’s the year of starting school, but more mamas are in back to school mode than are in my situation, so let’s just talk about this season in general. It’s a mix of emotions for parents and kids alike!

First of all, don’t cry. At least not in front of your little one who’s just starting school. Surely the first few weeks will be different and a roller coaster of emotions for both of you. Excited. Nervous. Maybe even terrified. But if you hold it together, they are more likely to hold it together. You will survive!

As a veteran MOPS, of course, I want to say join our tribe, and we’ll help you get through it because we will. But you’re probably reading this hoping for some back to school tips, so I’m going to highlight seven (7 tips, that is) from the Macroni Kid, but let you jump on over there for the full scoop.

  1. Have your little one practice making friends. Hello! Another great reason to join our MOPS tribe. Especially, if your kids are younger than pre-k. You spend a couple days a month with us while you both practice making friends, trusting a teacher and so on and so on!

  2. Make sure your child can manage alone in the bathroom. Oh my! I need to listen to this advice because I am a control free.k when it comes to how my kid dresses for public appearances. At home, pshhhhh!, we’re in recycled play clothes because #farmlife, but in public, I want him GQ every day. (Am I allowed to say GQ and kid in the same sentance?)

  3. Get them excited about the bus. Ok. Ok. I, of all moms, know this doesn’t apply to everyone. Did you hear me reference “farm life” earlier? We’re driving to Newnan from Luthersville – so there is no bus stop for us. But if you’re considering your bus options, this is probably a good tip.

  4. Practice the morning routine. Oh yes! I’m all about the practice. Let’s be honest, it’s more about me than him, anyway. I’m the one who needs the practice because I’ve definitely used these SAHM years as an excuse to sleep. “Sleep when the baby sleeps!” has morphed into the “baby” (pre-k toddler) being my alarm.

  5. Print out a list of what to pack for lunch and post it inside your pantry. Sounds smart to me. Noted! But wait. Does that mean there are lunchbox restrictions? How do I know what to put on the list and if it needs to be different than what he’s been eating at home?

  6. Lay out clothes the night before. Ah! Smart one. I really like this one because I’ve had those mornings when the sleep isn’t even out of my eye, and I’m staring through it at the closet like I’ve never had to do this before. Que coffee… on a timer!

  7. Establish a “landing place” for backpacks, lunchboxes and school papers. I’m sure I’ll appreciate this, if I can clear enough space to designate for it. I mean, mama, if you’re house is still worthy of a magazine shoot, will you come over and help another mama out? I’m living in chaos, but at least we’ve got love!!

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All right, now that we’re all armed with some quality tips from a qualified writer, thanks Holly Christy, what are we gonna do to get ourselves through the school year? If I had to send my boy off to pre-k without the support of my tribe, I’d be a disaster. Instead, I’ll be scheduling a lot of coffee dates or walks in the park – ya know, to help me get rid of my mom figure, now that I’ll have a few hours a day to focus on me, and I’m actually looking forward to it.

I’m talking to you, if you don’t have friends with kids in this same season of life (preschool – newborn through kindergarten). You may be armed with friends, but you won’t build your mom tribe, until you arm yourself with mother’s who are living this same season with you. Leaky boob milk on your shirt, a kid with backwards shorts or an inside out shirt, or that might even be you, if we’re being honest. So, stop trying to do it by yourself. Come meet us!

Today, we’ll be at First Avenue Park giving out popsicles and answering all your questions. Come see us and grab some free swag from Monkey Joe’s Newnan, if you can swing on-time-ish. We’d love to meet you and make room for you at our table this year!

Popsicles In The Park

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You Are Invited

What? Popsicles in the Park because August is SO HOT! And we want to meet you and your littles. This is our kick-off event for the 2018-2019 MOPS season. If you want to know more about who we are and why we want you to join our tribe, stop by the park tomorrow morning. We’ll have popsicles and water for you and the kids to keep cool. Got questions for us? Your MOPS Leaders will be wearing red and easy to find.

Who? M.O.P.S. (Mothers of Preschoolers. In other words, you qualify, if you have a kiddo age zero to kindergarten.)

When? Friday, August 31st at 10:30 am

Where? First Avenue Park (24 1st Avenue, Newnan, GA 30263)

Will you join us? R.S.V.P. here.

Don’t miss our friends from Monkey Joe’s who will be there early to shower you with gifts.

Invest in Yourself

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Are you looking for authentic, true relationships, based on who you are to connect to you and your family? What are you doing to seek out those relationships? You will or you won’t find them. Both statements are true, but you get to decide which truth you want.

As women, we have many people we are connected. Think about it. What relationships do you have? Who are you connected with?

  • Parents
  • Siblings
  • Spouse
  • Children
  • Extended Family
  • In-Laws
  • Friends
  • MOPS [Moms, Leadership Team, Church Leaders]
  • God
  • Self [woman, mother, leader]

What is connecting you to these relationships?

  • Parents – Life long bond? Memories?
  • Siblings – Holidays? Phone Conversations? Sharing photos?
  • Spouse – Date nights? Children? Family dinner?
  • Children – Their need for you? Their friends?
  • Extended Family – Christmas cards? Pop-In Visits?
  • In-Laws – A babysitter? Advice giver?
  • Friends – Emotional support? Coffee? Girls’ night or weekend away?
  • MOPS
    • Moms – Pray for moms. Those at your table, in your group and the moms in your community.
    • Leadership Team – How do you communicate on a regular basis? Email? Phone calls? Facebook? Face to Face meetings?
    • Church leaders – How do you connect with them?
  • God – We often get too busy connecting with everyone above that we forget to plug into God. Spend time in His word, fellowship with like-minded people, worship, church and volunteering your time.
  • Self – Do you know who you are?

When we get too caught up in the busyness of the world, we lose connection with one another and ourselves. ~Jack Kornfield

Today, stop. Invest in yourself by answering these questions, choosing your truth, and making a decision about an avenue towards the relationships you desire! Consider MOPS of Newnan as one of your avenues because we are committed to cultivating relationships that will carry you through parenting and beyond.

Here at MOPS of Newnan, pre-registration has it’s perks! As we count down the days to our first meeting (17 days away), we are preparing gifts and food, scheduling qualified and background checked caregivers for your kid(s) and so much more. Help us prepare for you and your littles by pre-registering today. Your experience will be much greater because you did.

Pre-Registration is OPEN here, click now, but don’t worry, you get two FREE visits before your membership fee is due. Have more questions before you pre-register? Email us today, and as you go through your day, remember… better moms make a better world!