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MOMS Club members (left to right) Christa Brown, Mychelle Johnson, Kate Campbell, Amy Rigney, Hope Jackson, Caron Peck and daughter Elena Peck met for Valentine’s Day this year.
Being a mom is no easy task.

After all, it was a young housewife and mother, Elizabeth Cady Stanton, who initiated the Women’s Rights Movement in July 1848.

Another young housewife, Mary James of California, apparently shared the same sentiments. In 1983, James founded the first ever MOMS Club after finding there were no other organizations that would allow both her and her children to attend simultaneously.

The inception of Mary’s MOMS Club quickly developed a domino effect, with more than 2,100 chapters in the U.S. and more than 110,000 members, including a chapter right here in Murfreesboro.

Murfreesboro’s North Chapter is home to roughly 30 members, about half of which work part time out of their homes.

The primary goal of the MOMS Club is to help one another from becoming isolated at home with their small children.

“You get tired of staying home alone, and you want to meet other stay-at-home moms who have children,” said Kate Campbell, Murfreesboro MOMS Club seasoned member. “Moms need support when they are home alone,” she added.

Staying part of the social scene is just as important to stay-at-home moms as it is to career women.

The MOMS Club plays a key role in this.

“As a mom, they give you advice,” Kate said. “They have an understanding of what it’s like, how you feel when certain things happen, like constant crying, waking up in the middle of the night, potty training. But also happy things, like the first time they walk, and what things you can do to prevent your child from getting hurt.”

Motherhood itself is often undervalued because it has no monetary value.

“There are very different challenges being a stay-at-home mom versus having a paying career,” Kate said. “I wanted to be sure I gave my children the start they needed — to be able to instill the beliefs and values I felt were important.”

Kate understands that being a stay-at-home mom isn’t for everyone, however.

“For me, it was a personal choice,” she said. “Your children are what you have the most influence on; there’s nothing more you can have than having a greater influence on your children.”

Currently, Murfreesboro’s North Chapter has a monthly social meeting that is held at 9:30 a.m. on the first Wednesday of each month at First Cumberland Presbyterian Church, 907 East Main St., by Central Middle School.

Anyone who is interested in joining can come to three meetings before deciding if they would like to become full-fledged members.

Some of the perks included in becoming a member are a monthly newsletter and a calendar of activities.

Craft day at a member’s house, blueberry and strawberry picking, and trips to the zoo are examples of some of the activities you would likely encounter as a member.

Most of the activities are free or low cost.

The important thing is that the children are included. The only occasion in which children are excluded is the monthly “Moms Night Out,” but even then, breast-feeding infants are still included.

To put it simply, the MOMS Club is a group of friends who share a common interest in raising their children.

Stay-at-home moms looking for a new group of friends to attend social events with children playing nearby, the MOMS Club just may be the answer.

For more information, you can go to www.momsclub.org, or you can contact Murfreesboro’s North Chapter member Kate Campbell, at 615-867-2899. She will happily answer any questions you may have.

Annabella Hargrove can be contacted at annabellahargrove@gmail.com.
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