Becoming a mom is an amazing feeling. But it can also be hard. And sometimes lonely. What I discovered quickly when my son was born, is that having a tribe makes all the difference.
I’m Karen Davey, the Director of Mommy Connections West Toronto (and also the founder of The School Yard, an online community for parents of school-aged children). My mission is to connect mothers with each other, as well as local resources that can make their parenting journey easier and more enjoyable.
When I was home with my newborn, I began to look for other new mothers to connect with – and found a whole bunch who were looking for the same thing. With them, parenting was more fun, less overwhelming, and the opposite of lonely. We still get together all these years later, and many have become lifelong friends.
I was so happy to have found my tribe, I wanted to help others find theirs. So I started Mommy Connections West Toronto. I was the first Mommy Connections chapter outside Alberta and, I’m proud to say, it’s now one of the biggest and most engaged groups in Canada.
We run classes for moms and their little ones at various stages: mom and baby (for newborns to one year old), mom and tot (for 1.5 to four-year-olds), and mom-to-be classes for those who want to be prepared and make the very most of their upcoming mat leave.
When I started Mommy Connections, I envisioned being in the baby stage for several years with two (or more) children – but the universe had other plans. After trying for a second child for several stressful years, I was diagnosed with secondary infertility and endometriosis. It was a tough pill to swallow, but one I’ve made peace with. I have a fantastic son who continues to surprise and delight me daily, a wonderful husband, and supportive friends & family.
Even though I no longer have a baby on my hip, I absolutely remember the challenges of breast feeding, teething, and sleepless nights. My commitment to each and every member of Mommy Connections is to always be supportive of your parenting choices, and to provide comfort and a strong support network to help you navigate those challenging first years.
And then, once you’re out of the pre-school stage, I welcome you with open arms to The School Yard. The parenting challenges may be different – think homework, school lunches, and bullying – but my mission remains the same: to facilitate connection and support, and ultimately make your parenting journey a little easier (and a little more fun!).
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