At MumNet, we're fortunate to have the support of some incredible volunteers. Today Kimberly, a leader and past board member answers the same five questions we always ask, about her MumNet experience.
Group: Bloor West MumNet II
Why did you originally join MumNet?
I joined MumNet because I moved to the neighbourhood when I was 38 weeks pregnant and I didn't know anyone. My new neighbour suggested it and I started in my group in January when my daughter was just 12 weeks old. That was 7 years ago! I am still friends with the moms I met that year.
What do you love most about MumNet?
I love that MumNet has given me such a sense of belonging and community. I can't go to the local grocery store without running into someone I know. I also love that I have a regularly scheduled fitness class every week. It's consistent and something I can count on. Over the weeks you get to know the other women in your group and friendships develop – you find people to have coffee and go for walks with, friends who will make you a meal when you're sick or talk you through a really tough day. I can't think of anything better for a mom's mental health.
Why was being a MumNet Group Leader important to you?
I became a MumNet leader because I felt ready to give back to the group that had given me so much. At the time, I was also feeling ready for a challenge and it was nice to have something to focus on each week.
What is one thing that MumNet has taught you?
MumNet has taught me to appreciate that there are many different ways to be a good parent and there is so much to learn from other moms.
What would you say to other moms considering joining MumNet?
I would say "You have to join MumNet!!!" It's such a great way to meet other moms who are going through all the same challenges and triumphs as you are. It's an opportunity to get out of your house each week, exercise and enjoy some time with other adults. Also, it's helpful to get your baby used to being with other people and it gives them a new place to explore and learn. There are so many good reasons to join MumNet!
Registration is open now for our fall term at MumNet! Take a break with your fellow mamas. MumNet is your chance to exercise and connect with other moms in your neighbourhood! Connect over issues that are important to you and your kids and make life-long friends in the process.