According to momstown.ca, “odds are that when you were growing up your mom knew all of your neighbours. Your street was full of kids you knew and your mom invited the neighbourhood over to run through the sprinkler while the other moms had coffee and chatted. If a neighbour had a new baby, you were probably sent over with a hot casserole and the new mother would have been warmly welcomed into the folds of the other families. Although some social conventions have (sadly) changed, what hasn’t is the need to connect with other local mothers. It has always been said it takes a village to raise a child.”
Companionship and community is essential for mom’s mental, social, and physical well-being. When a mother is part of a larger network of families, she is taken care of and can offer help to others. This happens in many Canadian cities and cross Country.
Leanne Ballard, owner of momstown Guelph, Robin Taylor, and Paula Garceau of momstown Kitchener-Waterloo, talk about how neighbourhood connections help moms beat loneliness and build stronger families. This helps us and our children have and grow lifelong relationships.
momstown.ca was founded in August 2007 by three moms (Christi, Ann-Marie & Shannon) from Burlington, Ontario. Cross country and in your neighbourhood, momstown is an organization and small businesses that brings Canadian moms together in neighbourhood settings on a daily basis to have fun, share, learn and participate in their child-focused educational program. Events encourage friendship and sharing. The conversations continue onto the 24-hour message board forums and various social media (perfect for those sleepless nights).
In a Kitchener-Waterloo study of momstown by Diana Parry, Caitlin Mulcahy, and Troy Glover in August, 2011, the authors write
“Nelson (2009) argued the rapid transitions that occur with motherhood are unparalleled: “A woman entering motherhood can experience changes in her bodily experience and functions, her emotions and psychology, her sleep and work schedules, the tasks she performs, her social circle, her sense of self, her sexuality and the roles she plays” (p. 12)…While a number of the women in the current study sought out professional help, they did not want to medicate nor did they “want to sit in a room with other mothers complaining about PPD.” Rather, they recognized the need for peer support from other moms in a similar situation. “
Aired live: Sunday, April 7th, 2013 0800-0900 Eastern Standard Time on CFRU 93.3 FM, Guelph, Ontario, Canada
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