There’s just one qualification for joining the Rockin’ Mommas: motherhood.
The Rockin’ Mommas is a new moms' group in town. And its mission is to bring together mothers of all ages and experiences to meet new people, make new friends, explore the city, unwind, laugh, learn and grow.
“It doesn’t matter if you are a stay-at-home mom or a working mom, if you are a mom who breast-fed her baby for two years, or one who does everything by the book,” said Missie Mauldin, 30, one of the group’s founders. “We all really respect each other.”
The idea of welcoming all mothers is the foundation of the group, which formed earlier this year after Mauldin connected with Rockin’ Mommas co-founders/administrators, Kristina Beier, 24, and Jennifer Torres, 33. Mauldin, who is originally from Somers and now lives in Racine, got to know Beier and her young son at their husbands’ softball games. She later met Torres in the baby aisle at Target, when she spontaneously offered her motherly advice about a toy purchase. And such experiences of sharing between mothers sparked Mauldin to organize a moms weekend getaway with a few of her friends.
“I had mom friends, but they didn’t know each other,” said Mauldin, a working mother with a 1-year-old daughter.
Their weekend experience led her to form a larger group, and things have “completely taken off from there,” Mauldin said. “We went from 10 members to more than 150 in just four months. And, we’re averaging two to three new members a day.”
Some members came to the Rockin’ Mommas through the group’s Facebook page, and others found it by word of mouth. Each of the founders invited their friends, and those friends invited other friends.
“Its all about making connections,” said Beier, a stay-at-home mom who formerly worked in purchasing.
Everyone who joins brings something a little different to the group, and such diversity is appreciated by its members. With a lot of second- and-third-time moms, as well as new moms, moms of teenagers — even a grandma or two — the Rockin’ Mommas are a varied resource of information, according to its administrators.
“Our main goal is to be a place where moms of all walks of life can come to talk about their kids and get honest, supportive, factual advice.” Mauldin said. “As mothers, we need all the help we can get, so why not support each other?”
That support is what drew Amanda Mayfield, a 28-year-old mother of three young boys, to the group. Mayfield, who found the Rockin’ Mommas online while organizing her own playgroup, said she appreciated the quick response she got to questions about potty training and nursing, which she posted on the group’s private Facebook discussion.
“Nobody criticizes you; everyone is very positive,” she said. “They make you feel really welcome.”
The Rockin’ Mommas are also about having fun, as witnessed at their recent Mothers Night Out at Downtown’s Pink Magnolia restaurant. Women of all ages came together that night for a meal, conversation and — if they desired — a specially created Rockin’ Mommas martini.
“Moms need time away from their kids, too,” said Mayfield.
In addition to nights out, the group organizes activities with their children, such as a recent Do-It-Yourself event. Stations for making body lotion and soap were set up in the kitchen, and moms took turns making the products, while other moms watched the kids.
“Every time I use the soap, I think of how much fun I had,” Mauldin said.
Having the kids there added an element of fun to the activity, Beier said.
The Mommas also hold kids’ play dates and are committed to scheduling at least one Mommas’ Night Out, one informational session and one play day per month, Mauldin said. Some members have formed Rockin’ Mommas teams for area walk/runs. And the group has plans for a CPR/First Aid Class, as well as a showcase featuring products/services of members who are independent business representatives.
“Every mom has access to being able to create an event,” Mauldin said.
No matter where or how they get together, it is the Rockin’ Mommas sense of community that seems to be its greatest strength.
“It’s not a new concept,” said Torres, whose online bio describes her as a “marketing maven by day and mommy and wifey by night.” “But, this group grew really organically. There seems to be a real interest and need out there for this kind of thing. We all just want to be there for each other.”
Rockin' Mommas holding grocery tips and tour event
The Rockin’ Mommas are holding a Grocery Tips & Tour event at the Piggly Wiggly grocery store, 5201 Washington Ave., on Saturday, May 18. The 40-minute tour will start at 10 a.m. and will include smoothie samples from the store’s Mocha Lisa Coffee Express; a hands-on demonstration; money-saving tips; local product highlights and more. All mothers are welcome. For more information about this and other Rockin’ Mommas events, go to www.rockinmommas.com or check out the mommas on Facebook at www.facebook.com/therockinmommas.