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MOPS provides a network for moms in Steamboat Springs

Emma Nelson/For Steamboat Today

Steamboat Springs Mothers of Preschoolers

— Mothers of Preschoolers in Steamboat is an organization dedicated to encouraging, empowering and equipping mothers to be better moms, wives and women.

The group, known as MOPS, provides mothers of children from birth to age 5 with the opportunity to create friendships and receive support in a welcoming environment.

"It's a really open group," said Autumn Armstrong, a three-year member of the local group. "You don't have to be a certain way or believe in a certain thing; you can just come as who you are, and all the women in the group will love you and support you and welcome you."

MOPS meets the first and third Wednesday of every month from 9 to 11:30 a.m. at the Steamboat Christian Center to offer a supportive social circle for local mothers. During meetings, moms are able to drop off their kids with child care providers before having coffee and brunch, where everyone take turns bringing dishes to share.

The group is centered around creating relationships among mothers, but the group also hopes to provide an outlet for discussion and advice from members.

At their meetings, MOPS invites speakers to give talks about various topics relating to motherhood, like healthy sleeping habits or being a parent that says "yes." The group also discusses topics like marriage and make-up.

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"I joined because I'm a stay-at-home mom, and I just needed a community of people who are just like me with the same struggles and schedule," Armstrong said. "It's nice to get advice and support from other moms."

Supplemental "Mom's Nights" and monthly playdates are also held so members can get together outside of the regular, twice-monthly meetings.

"A lot of times we pick a restaurant and have happy hour, or if the weather is nice, we'll go on a hike," explained Sherri Stauffer, a mentor mom in the group.

Though Stauffer's four children are now between the ages of 22 and 25, she attended her first meeting when her oldest child was just 2 months old.

"When I was a young mom, MOPS was my lifeline," Stauffer said. "I had four little kids, and I needed some good friends. (As a mentor mom), I get to come back and my part is to provide that same environment where moms can feel safe and supported.

Moms who want to get involved with MOPS can attend one of the meetings or visit the group's Facebook page for more information.

The group provides childcare and brunch during every meeting.