Parent Support Group Series – St. Louis, MO

Source: Flickr user Janita

Source: Flickr user Janita

We are starting a blog series to help bring parents, especially stay-at-home moms, together, city-by-city. We started with Wichita, Kansas and now we are reaching out to those of you in and near St. Louis, Missouri. Below, we share ways that you can meet other parents in your area and find like-minded friends. Friendship is vital to living a full life and it shouldn’t stop when you become a parent. This is especially true for adoptive parents who need to build support circles of all kinds. From swapping parenting tips, to sharing recipes and enjoying each other’s company, friends make life more complete.

Online

As mentioned in our last blog, be sure to check out the MeetUp website. This is a central place where people can post and create meet-ups for parents. It is an easy way to start, so give it a try if you want to test the waters.

Blogs

Nifty Mom – a lifestyle blog from a local who also addresses parenting issues and provides tips from raising her own kids.
STL Motherhood
Circle of Moms

In-person groups

St Louis Catholic Moms – This group offers a wide variety of events and meetings for moms. Whether you need support with a newborn or new addition to your family, or want likeminded women to enjoy a night out with, this group can help. They also offer a book club and playdates.

Keep in mind that most churches offer events and support groups for parents, so don’t be shy about asking what is available.

Parents as Teachers (PAT) – If you live in St. Louis, you are in luck as the PAT headquarters is there! These groups are meant to be informal ways for children to play and parents to meet and have social experiences with adults and for their kids. Check with your local public school for details about groups or call the office and ask for more information.

Missouri History Museum – They offer a Parent & Me program for families with children ages 2 – 5 that encourages free exploration of the museum and a chance for parents to meet.

BILY Parent Group – Although this group is in St. Charles, it may be useful for some parents who are struggling with behavioral issues with their children. The group can help with any crisis issues and create action plans.

Additionally, be sure to check out storytimes at your local public library. These are great opportunities to meet other moms nearby.