M.O.P.S. - Mothers Of Preschoolers
MOPS stands for Mothers of Preschoolers.
MOPS International exists to meet the needs of every mom - urban, suburban and rural moms, stay-at-home and working moms, teen, single and married moms - moms with different lifestyles who all share a similar desire to be the very best moms they can be! MOPS recognizes that the years from infancy through kindergarten are foundational in a mother-child relationship and are filled with unique needs.
MOPS helps moms through relationships established in the context of local groups that provide a caring atmosphere for todays mother of young children. Our North Way MOPS group requires a Pre-registration. Please contact Michelle Rice or 724-687-0405 to learn more about our MOPS group and to request a registration form.
MOPS International’s 2011-12 Theme
MomSense: Bold • Loving • Sensible
– equips moms to embrace their mothering instincts and develop their own parenting style while navigating through the myriad of daily mom decisions. Most women wonder:
- How do I decide what to do when I really don’t know what to do?
- Should I trust my intuition?
- With so much available information, how do I discern what’s best?
- What are the most important family values?
Developing a mothering strategy is somewhat like playing a game — and this year’s theme is appropriately game related. Have fun being a mom! Playing games involves being bold and taking risks, loving those in the game with us and being sensible while figuring out what works and what doesn’t.
The theme verse is 2 Timothy 1:7 “God doesn’t want us to be shy with his gifts, but bold and loving and sensible.”
Just as in real-life, sometimes in games, unexpected, “chance” events occur, abruptly changing our paths. We must regroup and determine our next steps. Sometimes we follow the instructions of “experts.” Sometimes we follow the advice of trusted friends. Sometimes we decide our “house rules” work best for our family. Teaming together with other moms is a great strategy. Relying on a spouse or mentor can help us play more effectively. And, most of all, developing a strong God-Sense is essential for mothering. Growing as a mom through the analogy of game playing assures every mom gains confidence in her abilities as a mom.
Combining her mom intuition and her common sense helps a woman discover her own unique MomSense.
(Mom Intuition + Common Sense = MomSense)
When We Meet
All meetings are held primarily the 1st and 3rd Wednesday of the month from 9 AM to 11:15 AM at North Way Christian Community in the New Kidz Space area. We will begin our meetings promptly at 9AM. Please leave enough time to drop off your kids in their designated room so that you will be in the room by the start of the meeting.
This coming year we will be meeting during the following dates Sept. 7th & 21st, Oct. 5th &19th, Nov. 2nd & 16th, Dec. 7th & 14th, Jan. 4th & 18th, Feb. 1st & 15th, March 7th & 21st, April 4th & 18th, May 2nd & 16th.
Seeking Serving Hearts!
We are in need of people who would love to serve and help our moms by volunteering in the Moppets room (child care program). Even one time a month is greatly welcomed. Please contact Kristina Mete or 412-670-1825 to help serve.
We are also in need of experienced Mothers who would love to serve at our meetings as a Mentor Mom. Our young moms look to our Mentor Moms for advice on such issues as motherhood, parenting, discipline, spirituality and marriage. If you are interested in being an integral part of these young ladies lives, please contact Kristy Sosso or 412-983-1775.
A MOPS International Membership fee of $24 provides a package of benefits including.
- A subscription (6 issues) to MOMSense magazine
- MOM-E-MAIL: weekly uplifting greetings from MOPS International
- MOPS International Calendar: This year we created a calendar full of daily encouragement specifically for mothers of preschoolers -- just like you. The calendar includes special opportunities for MOPS International Members to participate in on-line Author Discussions, special contests, member-only discounts from the MOPShop and FREE downloadable MOM-E-Tunes from artists like Sara Groves, Go Fish, and Kim Hill
A North Way MOPS fee of $60, broken down into 2 payments due at the first meeting of each semester.
Childcare costs for Sept- Dec of 2011 will be $2.50/child/meeting paid in full at the first meeting.
*Please refer to your manual for late fee charges, detailed information on what is included in the fees, and dates.
**Fees and dates are subject to change.
Financial Scholarships are available.
The MOPPETS program is open to all children ages birth through age five. Your children will be loved and provided a fun and exciting curriculum to make their time their enjoyable.
Paid child care workers and volunteers will take care of children while moms enjoy the MOPS meeting. All paid nursery workers are Christ-followers with Act 33/34 clearances and approved by North Way Christian Community. Pre registration is required for the MOPPETS program.
All rooms will be filled to their capacity based on state child-to-adult ratios and room size.
If you have questions or concerns regarding anything to do with MOPPETS (including the child care providers) please speak to Kristina Mete
or 412-670-1825. Please refrain from discussing any negative issues with the providers or staff.
*For detailed information regarding class sizes, class age groups, MOPPETS health policies, check-in and check-out procedures, curriculum, volunteers, discipline policy, & separation anxiety, please refer to your manual.