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  • Mon, April 15, 2019 9:03 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    There's just two and a half weeks to go until our Mom's Night Out annual spring fundraiser, taking place at The Pilot in Yorkville on Thursday, May 2, 2019 at 8 p.m. This isn't your average mom's night out where you end up talking about your kids. This is a true chance for you to take a night off and treat yo'self while supporting our organization so we can continue to evolve and expand our programming, subsidies, and childcare offering! Without further adieu, here's our top 5...


    1. Snack, sip, and mingle

    MumNet has groups from across the city and members and their friends from all of our groups will be at the event. This is a great opportunity to not only mingle with your mama crew from your own group while you snack and sip, it's also a great way to network with other members from other areas of town and make some new connections.


    2. *POP* goes the balloon

    One of the great things about this event is that, beyond ticket sales, there are so many different price points to get involved in the fundraising side of the evening. Our most economical option is also our loudest and most mysterious. All you have to do is buy a balloon, make it pop, and you get to take home whatever prize pops out.


    3. Dance the night away

    As Cyndi Lauper said "girls just wanna have fun" and moms deserve to have fun, too. Get ready to bust a move to some great tunes and maybe even lose your voice singing along when you let loose on our dance floor. And since there are no kids sleeping at the Pilot, we'll have the tunes cranked for the ultimate music to dance party ratio.


    4. Prizes, prizes, and more prizes

    The larger prizes of the evening can be found in both our wine pull and silent auction. Jot down your name and bid for a prize that catches your eye in the silent auction, or buy a numbered cork and find out which mystery bottle of wine you've won. Oh, the suspense!


    5. Strike a pose

    Grab your MumNet pals and a handful of props and capture some memories in our photo booth. Our photographer will be on deck to snap pics throughout the evening whether you want to be goofy or glam. Smile for the camera!

    We look forward to seeing you on May 2. Don't have your ticket yet? Buy it today!

  • Thu, February 07, 2019 8:49 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)


    At MumNet, we know keeping your home safe for your little ones is always top of mind. And we work hard to create safe and healthy spaces for your kids while they’re in our care, too. This week on the blog, we invited environmental health expert (and mom), Emma Rohmann from Green at Home, to share with us some insights about keeping your home cleaner and healthier this winter.

    - - -

    With cold and flu season upon us, you might be adding a little more "umph" to your cleaning routine at home. Unfortunately, this can sometimes come with unintended consequences - especially if you’re relying on antibacterial and other conventional products. Let’s take a look at how you can easily make your cleaning routine healthier this winter.

    The problem with conventional cleaners

    You might be surprised to learn that companies are not legally required to disclose ingredients on cleaning products. On top of this, terms like “natural”, “organic”, “safe”, and “non-toxic” don’t have any legal definition and are frequently misused.

    Studies have shown that indoor air quality actually decreases - even after using some products labelled as “green.”

    Cleaning products often include chemicals that: can make asthma worse; irritate the lungs; are potential carcinogens; contribute to antibiotic-resistant superbugs; decrease immune function; and are known hormone disruptors.

    How to clean your home naturally

    The problems aren’t meant to scare you, but hopefully you’re now wondering what can you do to choose better products. The good news is that switching to healthier cleaners is now easier than ever.

    The first step is to simplify. You really don’t need a different product for every single surface in your home!

    Next, take a look at the products you’re using. If you’re already using products that are labelled as natural or green, download my “How Healthy Are Your Cleaners” list and discover which 12 popular brands are actually green, or just greenwashing. If you’re using conventional products, you can try searching them in EWG’s Guide to Healthy Cleaning to see how they score.

    Another great option to reduce toxins in your home, while saving money, is to make your own cleaners. These recipes are super easy to make and work surprisingly well!

    Finally, if you’re looking for some disinfecting power, vinegar and hydrogen peroxide (first one, then the other) can help reduce germs in your home – without the harmful side effects of conventional antibacterial products. But when it comes down to it, a little soap and water goes a long way for most households.

    I hope this helps you take stock of your cleaning routine, and start making simple changes to create a healthier home for your family this winter!



    Emma is an environmental engineer, mom of 2, and founder of Green at Home. Through online programs and consultations, she helps families create healthier homes by reducing hormone disruptors, carcinogens, and indoor air pollutants. She is a David Suzuki Foundation Queen of Green Coach and guest lecturer at the Canadian College of Naturopathic Medicine on Hormone Disruptors and Fertility. You can find her over on Facebook and Instagram (@emma_greenathome) or at greenathome.ca


  • Wed, February 06, 2019 2:13 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Guest Blogger: Samantha Montpetit-Huynh, CPTN-PT, PFS, NWS, RAB
    Pre & Postnatal Exercise Specialist


    Crunches don’t make your abs flat.

    Yes, this is true.

    All you have to do is ask any experienced fitness or health professional and they will tell you, the best way to get flat abs (or anything close to that) is through food.

    Sad, I know.

    However, there are things that you can do to help recruit your abdominal muscles to strengthen and support you and crunches ain’t it.

    I will tell you why.

    The reality is crunches and sit ups are a flexion of the spine to help “crunch” the abdominal muscles together and make them stronger – BUT they also make them bigger.

    Say what???

    Well, if you think about it….do we perform bicep curls (a flexion movement) to create a flat bicep?

    Hmmmmm…..

    And there’s research!

    Stuart McGill, professor at the University of Waterloo in spine biomechanics tells us that crunches recruit less than 20% off your rectus abdominis and overload your spine outside of healthy limits.

    In other words, you are doing all of this hard work (with good intentions of course) to get less than 20% return AND you are putting yourself at risk for spinal injury!

    So for all of those times that you are pulling on your head and killing yourself to do the “100 crunches a day” challenge; I ask you…..how’s it workin’ for ya?

    It’s not.

    The fact is, unless you have to perform a flexion movement repetitively over and over again, there is no reason to perform crunches as you are really wasting your time.

    Having said that, flexion IS also a part of our life. Getting in and out of bed, or suddenly having to “sit up” is something that happens so removing all flexion isn’t a good idea either.

    So although I’m not a “big” fan, there is a time and place for them in your workout routine but it’s primarily to mimic a movement that you practice in daily life, not for a six pack.

    Instead choose movements like dynamic planks and other various core foundation exercises that recruit more than just your rectus abdominis, but your transverse (the deepest layer) and your obliques (middle layer) too!

    Check out our fitness page to learn more our #mumnetfitness

    A thought leader when it comes to women’s health, Samantha Monpetit-Huynh started out working with pregnant women and new moms when she herself became one.

    Over the last 15+ years, she has shared her passion and knowledge for fitness and health on several platforms to help spread the word that fitness is not a luxury but a basic requirement for physical as well as mental and emotional health as well.

    A published author of Pregnancy Fitness, she is an expert in her field, helping women stay strong, healthy and pain free during the most important period of a woman’s life and the many, many years afterwards. Read more over on Sam's blog!

  • Thu, January 24, 2019 8:54 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Originally written by member and past president, Karen Schultz, for YMC (Karen's kids are a little older now but she still treasures her one morning a week at MumNet II)


    When I first had my son, I had several people approach me to tell me I “HAD” to join their Moms group. Not likely I thought. I had lots of support from family and numerous girlfriends on maternity leave with their first child. And if you know anything about me, as soon as someone tells me I HAVE to do something, I immediately do the opposite.

    Fast forward to January. It was cold, I was housebound with an 8 month old, and going a bit stir crazy. A friend mentioned over a girls night out that her Moms group offered not only an hour of fitness, but also babysitting at the same time – SOLD. As for the coffee and discussion that followed, I figured I could keep an open mind.

    Four and a half years later, it turns out joining a Moms group was one of the best things I did, and when I had my second child I couldn’t wait to go back to my regular group. The fitness class is great, but the coffee and discussion (otherwise called community) is what keeps me coming back week after week. Finding my little tribe of mid-town Moms has given me something to look forward to week after week and often keeps me sane during the crazy parenting ups and downs.

    1.        It’s not just you

    Do you feel like you are losing your pre-pregnancy brain and slipping into the abyss of neighbourhood stroller walks and rainbow songs? Think you’re the only one obsessed with how to get your baby on a nap schedule? Worried everyone else can’t wait to have sex 6 weeks after birth like your partner is convinced? Time and time again, I arrived at my Mom’s group feeling like I was the only one to experience the frustration, exhaustion and tedium that can come with having a baby at home. But after an hour of group discussion (read: venting and sharing with my tribe) I would leave feeling completely normal and uplifted. Knowing so many others were going through similar experiences somehow made it feel so much more manageable.

    2.       Being with your baby feels great (after you’ve had time apart)

    The first time I left my son with anyone other than my family was at my Moms group - and even knowing he was one room over left me terrified. I mean, he was PERFECT, so who in their right mind wouldn’t want to run out the door with him as soon as I turned my back? And even if there wasn’t an organized baby theft ring operating in mid-town, what if they forgot to give him his bottle, or didn’t pick him up when he cried? So when I walked in and saw the loveliest group of women that reminded me of my own grandmother, I breathed a huge sigh of relief. And relaxed for TWO WHOLE HOURS. I got to experience the pure bliss that is drinking a cup of coffee and having an adult conversation without being distracted every 30 seconds. Doing sit-ups without a baby in my arms. And going to the bathroom on my own! Those two hours became my treasured hours of the week, because I learned how wonderful it feels to hold your baby once you’ve had time to recharge by yourself. And that’s good for everyone.

    3.       How to make a killer marinade

    For me, one of the most surprising changes about becoming a Mom was how much it consumed my life. Before having my children, I was quick to judge parents who only wanted to talk about their kids. As a person who liked to be out and about in my pre-baby life, the total and complete focus on my child was a huge shock for me. All of a sudden I wasn’t up on the newest restaurants, hadn’t been out partying in months and had put my professional life on pause. The weekly group discussions and guest speakers at my Mom’s group started to feel like a very welcome relief of rebuilding interests outside my baby. We’ve had speakers and conversations on everything from favorite books and blogs, strategies to talk to your kids about sex, tips for taking great vacation photos, nutrition for picky toddlers, advice for dealing with in-laws and other martial minefields, and just about everything under the sun. Having that injection of fun and relevant conversation in my week really made me feel like a person again, and that the cloud of babyhood I was under would eventually lift. And guess what – it did.

    4.       To listen without judgement

    We all have friends that we support and who support us no matter what. But having a baby can put a real strain on friendships, especially when friends develop different parenting styles that may not mesh with your own. Being part of a community of Moms is different because you are able to listen to other Moms experiences without having to balance your pre-existing friendship. I remember clearly when a Mom friend said she wouldn’t be returning to our group because her baby needed to stay on his nap schedule. To me, this was unthinkable, having to give up my cherished ‘me time’ each week to keep a rigid schedule for an 8 month old. And I might have voiced that opinion (loudly) to a close friend. But I’ve realized over the years of sharing with my Moms group that it’s not important for people to do things the same way, because everyone is just trying to muddle through the best they can. My two hour adult time might be her two hour alone time, and that’s just as important. Breast feeding, sleep training, and pain medication during birth are all polarizing topics but the truth is, we are all just trying to do what is best for our babies and still keep an ounce of sanity for ourselves. Understanding this has made me a better Mom, and a better friend.

    5.       Learn to let it go

    Being part of a community of Moms is similar to having a trusted friend at work in that you can blow off steam about your job (being a Mom) and then go home and let it go. Whether you’re up all night with a baby who JUST WON’T SLEEP or trying to force your toddler to eat something other than cheese strings, chances are someone else is going through it too, and being able to commiserate seems to put things in perspective. After all, it’s a cheese string, not a can of soda. And yes – eventually – you will sleep again. Today, I have a four year old, a two year old and am six months pregnant with my third little one. My life feels crazy now, and I know it’s about to get even crazier. But I chose this life, and I wouldn’t give it back for all the new restaurant openings and party nights. Connecting with my Moms group has helped me find my place in my new life, and finding my tribe to share parenting highs and lows with helps me be able to laugh at myself and this crazy time of life. And then go home and enjoy it.

  • Wed, January 16, 2019 9:35 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Originally Posted on April 20, 2016 by MumNet

    Written by: Monica Palit (alum of the Bloor West MumNet I group)


    I’ll admit I considered some of my “momisms” to be a bit extreme. The first time I took my newborn to the pediatrician, for example, I had insisted that he check my little one’s knees, convinced they were bowed and he would never be able to walk. I was promptly told that we do not in fact have rickets in this country and was sternly advised to “stop Googling.” 15 months in and with some mommy experience under my belt my search engine gets little relief.

    Enter MumNet. MumNet has long been a community focused support system for new and veteran moms. The weekly meet ups provide some incredible bonding experiences, much needed venting sessions, and life long friends. Some go for the 45 min work out, getting back into shape postpartum, or preparing their bodies for imminent birth. Others, like me, go for the discussions in the latter half. Circle sitting, sweaty, and gorging on long anticipated coffee, these pow wows are chock-full of tips and tricks for parenting.


    Aside from garnering excellent advice around topics like how to rekindle the romance, meal planning, and managing post partum depression, my favourite parts of MumNet are the throw away, trivial comments in between the serious life changing, and sometimes life saving talks. These unguarded moments are what make you realize that you are not alone. There are others out there who can relate to your momma drama, who Google late into the night and, best of all, can have a chuckle over the production that is motherhood. To that end, I offer you some of the best comments overheard from our MumNet group:

    On trying to get rid of the soother: “I told him the raccoon ate it, and now he’s too afraid to go into the backyard.”

    On baby proofing: “Never mind the safety, the best part about the play yard is that it’s aesthetically pleasing and fits with the décor of the room!”

    On childcare: “My child goes to a home daycare run by a wonderful Indian woman. The only problem is that he comes home smelling of delicious Indian food, and I don’t get to eat any of it!”

    On a girl’s night out: “My husband just FaceTimed to tell me our daughter threw up in our bed.”

    On potty training: “My kid is potty trained now, but that means I have to take her into public restrooms. I should have kept her in diapers.”

    ….and my favourite: “I thought my daughter’s knees looked swollen. Googled it. Pretty sure she has gout.”

    Have your own MumNetMomProblems? Let @MumNetToronto know and use #MumNetMomProblems

  • Sat, November 10, 2018 7:34 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    While it’s not yet December, the holiday season is upon us. The stores are already decked out and the radio stations are just itching to play seasonal tunes, no doubt. Each year, there’s the anticipation of being invited to holiday parties and taking a much-needed break from school to spend time with loved ones and friends. But the holidays can also bring some stress along with them. As a parent, this can feel amplified – so much to do, so little time!

    That’s where MumNet comes in. We’ve got your holiday hostess gifts, colleague or client presents, and teacher tokens of appreciation covered…but these gifts give twice. As a non-profit, the proceeds from the sale come back to MumNet and help deserving moms to get the support they need and a much-needed break in their week through subsidies to reduce the financial burden of accessing our programs, replacing well-used exercise equipment, and strengthening our childcare program.

    Our annual fall fundraiser is in full swing until November 16, allowing you to check some people off your list from the comfort of your home. Products on offer include:

    • Poinsettias;
    • Cookie dough;
    • Thompson Chocolates;
    • Tabletop centerpieces (indoor/outdoor)

    Get shopping today at mumnet.ca/fallfundraiser

    Other ways to include MumNet in your philanthropic actions this holiday season:

    Online donation: You can make a cash donation through Canada Helps and receive a tax receipt for any gift over $20.

    United Way contribution through your workplace’s annual campaign: Select “other’ when reviewing your donation options and make MumNet your charity of choice by entering our Charitable Number: 89765 7292 RR0001

    Lovable Labels: 20% of every MumNet Lovable Labels sale goes back to MumNet! All labels are Canadian made and dishwasher, microwave, washer, dryer, and bleach safe, and UV resistant.

    By supporting MumNet today through the fall fundraiser, you're supporting other moms across the city in having access to the support they need through MumNet's programs.
    _____________________________________________________________

    Why do we fundraise?

    As a non-profit, we rely on our members, alumnae, and friends to help us raise crucial funds to support mothers across Toronto. All of our moms receive much needed emotional support at a time in their lives that can be quite isolating. Additionally, some of our moms need financial support to be able to benefit from our program.

    Every gift counts - do what you can to support us today!

  • Fri, November 09, 2018 2:07 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Originally written by Dominica Larkin, for Plenty the Magazine. Dominica shares the ups, downs and challenges of her journey into motherhood and how MumNet helped fight the feelings of isolation.

    When I had my first son, I was living in downtown Toronto and didn’t know anyone else having a baby. I lived in a condo and only saw a handful of children at a local park. I had no family in Toronto and was feeling quite isolated at home with my baby every day. One day, I reconnected with a friend from elementary school who told me about a wonderful group of local moms whom she met with each week. She was enjoying the group and thought that I would love it, too. It was called MumNet.

    The closest MumNet group for me – there are several throughout Toronto – wasn’t exactly in my neighbourhood, but it wasn’t a far drive. It offered me the opportunity to network and exercise with a group of moms who had children approximately the same age as mine. Plus, they had on-site childcare! This meant that I could workout, have a coffee, and listen to a speaker or have a discussion with these new mom friends without having to balance a baby on one hip. I could actually have a focused conversation without picking up thrown toys or other distractions. It was the best part of my week and the best thing I had done for myself since having a baby!

    When I was expecting baby number two, we moved to a different neighbourhood and MumNet was the first thing I sought out. I was lucky to discover a group nearby and I felt like I had found an instant village. Even though the women were all new to me, I instantly had a group of moms who understood what I was facing every day with an infant and a toddler, and the chaos of life as a parent. Being new to a neighbourhood and to Toronto, I found that joining a local moms group was the perfect way to discover a wealth of resources – they were my go-to if I needed a recommendation on anything from a plumber to a good wine pick! The moms I got to know in my local MumNet group are women I still see and connect with to this day: some I run into at the grocery store, some are now at the school-yard, and some I see at after-school activities, book clubs, boot camp…the list goes on and on.

    Looking back, my first few years in MumNet were a crucial investment in my self-care. I learned to make sure my needs were being met helping me to truly be the best mom I could be. Simultaneously, I learned to let go of the mom-guilt when things weren’t perfect (far from it, in fact!). As a stay-at-home mom, I was craving ways to continue my personal development and MumNet offered amazing opportunities for that, too. I volunteered to be a leader of the group that had become so near and dear to me and I received lots of training in areas of leadership, group development, and facilitation. I loved the fact that I still benefited from the exercise, discussion, and social time with other moms while giving back, helping them to take some much needed time for themselves. I went on to be an area coordinator, a leader of the MumVet (now MumNet II) group, for moms of school-aged children, the office manager and then, four years ago, I had the honour of being selected as the new Executive Director.

    Each week, I get to interact with all kinds of moms across Toronto: new moms, veteran moms, single moms, moms who identify as LGBTQ, adoptive moms, etc. Through these interactions, one thing is clear to me: moms of varying backgrounds, beliefs, and parenting styles can connect, empathize, and lift each other up over the challenges of being a mom, and it can help prevent isolation and postpartum depression. They don’t need to all take the same approach to things like sleep, feeding, or other parenting trials and tribulations, but they can all relish in a few hours each week when they get to focus on themselves.

    Today, MumNet hosts 15 groups weekly at 10 different locations across the city. We offer two different programs, and both include a fitness class and onsite babysitting:

    • MumNet I, for new moms and moms with younger children; and
    • MumNet II, for moms with preschool or school-aged children.

    As Executive Director of MumNet, a registered charity, I’m focused on raising awareness and funds so that we can reach more moms throughout Toronto. It is important for moms to know that MumNet exists so that they can get the support, friendship, and fitness they need as they enter and journey through motherhood. It’s equally as important for moms to know that we offer subsidies to women in need so that our programs are available to any mom in Toronto, regardless of financial circumstance.

    People often say that you meet your friends through your children. Because of my children, I met mine through MumNet, and I love helping others find theirs.

    Learn more at mumnet.ca or register today for our sessions. Additionally, you can follow us on social media:

    Facebook: @MumNetToronto   Twitter: @MumNetToronto  Instagram: @MumNetToronto   LinkedIn: metro-mothers-network-mumnet

    Dominica Larkin, BEd, Health Education, has been working in the non-profit sector for over 16 years – with a break in the middle to stay at home with her three young boys. Today, Dominica is the Executive Director of MumNet and lives in North Toronto

  • Thu, October 18, 2018 9:13 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    We're looking forward to next week's MumNet After Dark - Fitness Field Trip. In anticipation of that, our friends at Pop Physique are guest blogging. Learn more about this incredibly fun and effective workout.

    We hope to see you at our event at Pop Physique next Thursday, October 25 at 7:45pm, followed by a social nearby at Midtown Gastro Hub. Learn more and get your ticket today at https://www.mumnet.ca/event-3082715

    - - - 

    Pop Physique, the iconic barre workout and lifestyle brand was born in Los Angeles and was created by professional ballerina and Pilates instructor, Jennifer Williams. Jennifer wanted to create a workout that was not only exceptional for strengthening, toning, and sculpting, but a workout that was fun!

    The specialized class, set to a thoughtfully curated playlist, is designed to sculpt and tone the entire body in just one hour. Pop Physique offers a beautiful and artistic studio setting, and is much more than just a workout; it is a transformative mind/body experience. You simply cannot focus on anything else while you are there, it's like the outside world doesn't exist. What a treat!

    Class begins with energetic music and a full body warm up, followed by stretching and lengthening. The intense strengthening and toning parts of class for arms, thighs, glutes, and abs are each followed by a lengthening stretching segment. Pop Physique is a non-impact class that creates long, lean, and dense muscles by working from the inside out. It is a safe workout for most injuries, during pregnancy, and makes for an excellent compliment to any other fitness routine.

    Pop Physique Toronto is excited to be coming up to our second anniversary in February 2019, and our first anniversary of Pop Yoga in November 2018! Toronto is the only location of all eight Pop Physiques (LA, San Francisco, and NYC) that offers Pop Yoga. People love Pop Physique's version of yoga - an upbeat, warmed room, core, athletic type of yoga for those people who twiddle their thumbs in regular yoga classes. Whether you do the barre class or the yoga class, you will leave feeling stronger, leaner, and in a better mood! 

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  • Tue, October 16, 2018 2:58 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)


    MumNet is thrilled to announce the addition of Sarah Shanahan, as our new Childcare Manager. 

    Sarah is a MumNet regular having attended groups since her son Leo was 10 weeks old, and currently co-leads the Bloor West MumNet I group.

    Whilst Leo takes up most of her time these days, Sarah is also a freelance consultant in Sensory and Consumer Research. Having worked in the industry for 13 years, initially managing the sensory and consumer testing of private label products for the grocery chain Tesco PLC in the UK, Sarah moved to Canada to do the same for Sobeys Inc. in 2011.

    Sarah is an avid traveller and loves to explore, so in 2014 she took a leap of faith and embarked on a career break to fulfill some of this passion. Following her return from globe-trotting, Sarah has been consulting freelance in Sensory and Consumer Research whilst balancing this with her home life and being a mum.

    Sarah’s work in Sensory and Consumer Research has provided her with experience managing large groups of people of all ages, from recruitment, training and performance management through to the essentials of operations and workplace safety.

    Sarah brings these skills, plus an open mind, sense of fun and passion for the wonderful resource of MumNet to the position of Childcare Manager and is excited to join the team.

    Our Childcare Manager is responsible for 

    • managing childcare providers in our various groups across Toronto
    • overseeing hiring and evaluation of childcare providers
    • managing police records checks procedures
    • arranging ongoing First Aid and CPR certified training
    • designing and delivering annual childcare orientation and training sessions
  • Tue, September 25, 2018 9:57 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)


    At MumNet, we're fortunate to have the support of some incredible volunteers. Today Kristine, a long time leader, and member answers the same five questions we always ask, about her MumNet experience.


    Name: Kristine Laco

    Group: Etobicoke MumNet II

    Why did you originally join MumNet?

    I originally joined at the suggestion of the When Baby Comes Home group run by Public Health. As our daughter was born after the registration for September, I was contacted by a member and told to keep tight, because I’d be able to register next time. That member held a group in her house for those of us on the waitlist. I remember discussing ‘What do you do for yourself every day?’ I thought I had nothing to contribute because it felt like I did nothing for myself. When all I had to say was, “I shower every day,” it was greeted with a round of applause and a lot of women wishing they could say the same. I felt part of a community that day. I loved that group so much that I was first in line at 5 am the next registration date!

    What do you love most about MumNet?

    The people you meet. You never feel alone in your parenting struggles when you have MumNetters around. There is always a shoulder to cry on that will be crying on your shoulder with the same stressful story. For those of us without family in Toronto, MumNet becomes an extended family.

    Why was being a MumNet Group leader important to you?

    I have been a leader seven years at MumNet and have been part of the MumNet mum’s for sixteen years now. I love the opportunity to introduce new mothers and members to the support network that has changed my life. It gives other mothers a chance to relax and let someone else take care of them when they feel that all they do is take care of others.

    What is one thing MumNet taught you?

    MumNet has taught me I am not alone. The mothers I met sustained me through post partum depression, my mothering insecurities, deciding not to go back to work, and now through the stress of having teenagers. Our homes and children are different, but I always feel understood and supported at our sessions and beyond.

    What would you say to other moms considering joining MumNet?

    Get registered! You don’t have to wait in line at 5 am anymore, but it is worth the effort of getting out of bed and to your computer. Not only will it change your experience of community in a world where personal connections are harder to make, but you will also be helping others through one of the most challenging and rewarding experiences they will ever be part of as you help yourself.

    We still have space in many of our Fall groups! 

    Register here and join a supportive and fun community today!

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