Apparently MOPS International had a very humble beginning… 8 moms met in 1973 for 2 hours while their children received care. These moms talked, laughed, ate, had a craft and a devotional and decided it was such a great time, they would do it again… and again… and 38 or so years later, there are thousands of MOPS (Mothers of PreSchoolers) all around the globe.
Years ago, I loved MOPS. I was involved in 3 different MOPS groups over the years. Each slightly different, each with incredible women and from each I took away great things to be a better woman of God, wife and mother. I loved learning from others who were slightly further down the road than I on things like… sleeping through the night, potty training and dealing with 3 year old temper tantrums.
There comes a season for every MOPS mom when you realize that you’ve been sleeping through the night for years now and you can no longer relate to the breast vs. bottle debates. You’ve moved on to elementary school… soccer games, sleepovers and spelling tests.
For me, these were the golden years. We had a blast in elementary school. Some hard days but, overall, so much fun… and I think it was in the fog of that fun that I missed the train barreling down the tracks aimed right at me…. The Teen Years…. individualism, attitude, disrespect.
… so yesterday I had a potentially brilliant idea… I think I may start a MOTS group. Based on the history of MOPS, I only need a few moms to join me… I think we will talk, laugh, eat… probably no craft though… and instead of a devotional, I think an extended time of pray would be more effective. Lots and lots of prayer for these MOTS (Mothers of TeenagerS). Prayer for Divine wisdom, patience and prayers that our children see their next birthday.
Anyone want to join me?