You know as well as we do that being a mom is hard work. It can be isolating, overwhelming and completely exhausting. In our endless quest to provide the perfect Halloween costume, coordinated outfits, perfectly executed activity drop-off/pick-ups (not to mention avoiding stepping on that stray lego), moms can get lost in the shuffle. We all know that being a Mom is the most rewarding job we can do, but it’s also the hardest.
We’ve heard it said that “it takes a village,” but how exactly do you find that village? And what if that village means more than just the people who are within earshot of you when you yell at your kids because their shoes are MIA and you’re running late AGAIN?! (Wait….tell me it’s not just me.)
What if that village was a group of moms in our community that could come together and connect? What if that meant caring for one another, or getting together to celebrate? Perhaps, there is a new mom on your street who needs to know about the best place to get coffee. Or maybe you just need advice from the mom who’s been there and can offer you a shoulder (or a helping hand) as you navigate your latest parenting challenge. And what if that group encouraged you to move beyond the confines of your neighborhood to forge a connection over the numerous things that we share as moms?
We’d love to introduce you to Milwaukee Mom Community + Connection.
When we launched this website in 2015, it was with a goal of fostering a sense of community, bringing people together, and breaking down walls. Up to this point, we’ve had 11 Neighborhood Groups set up all over the greater Milwaukee area for moms to find a place of connection they enjoy, but we’ve realized that our readers are looking for something more. They are craving community on a larger scale that goes beyond the borders of their street addresses and school district boundary lines.
Our number one goal in creating MKE Moms Blog was to create a community on and offline through our content as well as our in-person events. Moms need moms to support and encourage one another in this epic journey we are all on together. Community + Connection is a place to stand alongside the moms around you, whether they live next door or across town. Our hope is to create a safe place for moms from all walks of life to share stories and receive encouragement, joined together over our passion for motherhood and our shared experiences surrounding the city of Milwaukee.
The basic rules for our Community + Connection Group are:
1. Be kind. We do not ask or expect everyone to agree all the time. Motherhood is the easiest thing to have an opinion about but the hardest thing to actually do. There will, however, be no toleration of any inflammatory, derogatory, or bullying talk. We want this to be a safe place for moms to share their stories, including struggles. This includes but is not limited to negative comments, messaging, passive-aggressive criticisms or critiques of other moms either via comments or personal messaging.
2. No personal promoting. We love seeing moms find their passions. Really we do, but this is not the place for personal advertisements. If you would like to advertise with MkeMB, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org. There will be one thread a month designated for members to share their favorite local businesses where personal businesses are welcome to be shared.
3. No buy/sell/trade. There are loads of b/s/t groups on Facebook. This group is not the place for selling furniture or baby clothes. Rather, Community + Connection is a place to meet other moms and grow friendships.
4. Be safe. Keep safety in mind, and please consider meeting at a public place when meeting someone new for the first time. We are also purposeful about making sure the members of the group feel safe as well, which is why posts that cause divisiveness (i.e. “best” neighborhood to move to, etc.) are not approved.
It is simple to join! There are no fees, no memberships, and no minimum attendance or participation requirements. When you visit the Milwaukee Mom Community + Connection Facebook page, you simply click the “Join” tab or input your name into the “Add Members” field and answer the questions to verify you are, in fact, a Milwaukee area mom. Easy peasy.