What makes The Mommies Network different?
When CharlotteMommies was first formed in 2002, there weren't as many online mom communities out there as there are today. Our "competition" was mostly offline groups with little web presence, weekly meetings, membership age restrictions and annual fees. Our goal was to provide a place where moms could find support on THEIR schedule – not be required to fit their social activities into a weekly schedule – and that would be free to use. It was important that EVERY mother have the opportunity to access our resource and we were one of the first groups to provide free membership to ANY mother, regardless of how old she was, how hold her children were, or what "type" of mom she was.
However, we also strove from the beginning to be MORE than just a social outlet for mothers. We wanted to provide an environment where mothers of all walks of life could come together and share space and learn from each other. We wanted to create a multicultural, virtual neighborhood, connect moms within their local community in a new way. Our goal was to give these women the support they needed to be the best parent they can be – and to encourage them to, in turn, give back – to each other, to other people, and to their community at large.
With the advent of online social sites like Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest, we have realized that we must work harder than ever to differentiate ourselves from these types of services – these social outlets provide an escape for their users – an opportunity to step away from the stressors and complications of life and hide behind an anonymous mask online. It’s easy on a social network to highlight or stress one aspect of your personality or one particular issue you are passionate about – on TMN chapters, we strive to strip away the mask of anonymity, to see the whole person behind the forum persona – and develop real, true relationships with our fellow members. We do this through bringing our members together socially with events and activities throughout the year, as well as encouraging regular community service, where our members come together to give back to the community they call home.
Welcome to The Mommies Network! We look forward to getting to know you!
http://themommiesnetwork.org ~TMN is a 501c3 non-profit helping 32K+ local moms connect for friendship, support, networking and events. National forum now open,connect with moms on a national level.
Like most successes, The Mommies Network grew out of desire to fulfill a personal need - two first time mothers wanted a way to meet other moms without subscribing to expensive mom-n-me activities or committing to strict meeting schedules. We just wanted to find some other women in similar situations who wanted to chat and get together every now and then. We became a 501c(3) organization in 2005, and we are dedicated to creating a support group in every major city in the United States.
Members of our network chat online in a private forum - discussing everything from the best photographers to the worst temper tantrums and all that lies between - and meet-up regularly at member-driven events in their city. Whether it's a late night commiseration on a crying baby (there are 4 am posts to prove it) or a Mom's Night Out at a great new restaurant, our groups provide what their members need, when and how they need it.
We are more than just a community of mothers. We are moms in and for our communities.
Our members work full time, stay home full time, work part time, represent many races, are pregnant for the first time, adopted their children, were adopted themselves, recently moved to the area, have lived here all our lives, have twins, are happy with one, are single parents, are searching out schools and have watched their kids graduate. In other words, we are a reflection of parents in the real world. And we help out our neighbors as much as ourselves through organized fundraisers and other charity events - specifically those focused on providing for mothers and their children.
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To provide a safe, secure, FREE place for mothers to find support and encouragement from other mothers and to empower them to be better women, parents and community leaders.