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Moms in Motion: MOPS Program

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"I am out in the middle of nowhere, and so I knew when we moved from Pittsburgh I would need some moms and social interaction," said Ellen Swartzfager. "And so basically I sought out a spot, and this was it."

Swartsfager joined "MOPS", Mothers of Preschoolers, in Morgantown, four and a half years ago. And with three kids of her own, she said this group has helped her connect with other moms, and gives her kids a chance to socialize.

"We don't always have tons of playgroups or things like that," she said. "So I wanted to be able to invest in them and in me."

MOPS is an international organization, but this group meets at Chestnut Ridge Church in Morgantown, twice a month.

"Basically it's for moms to be able to come and relax, to have a cup of coffee, to have a nice hot breakfast, while their kids are taken care of," said MOPS coordinator, Jenn LeBlanc. "They get to come learn about different mothering topics we have."

Topics range from party planning to loving your husband to resolving conflict with your kids.

"We vary our speakers in addition to we vary the style of our meetings, sometimes we have meetings where moms get to get up and move around, and interact with other moms, other times we might have a speaker, or in this case today we have a panel of moms up on the stage," LeBlanc said.

They have childcare during the sessions, which allows moms to relax, and get as much out of the session as possible.

"I just think its important for the connection," said LeBlanc. "The philosophy of MOPS is that you don't have to go through motherhood alone. So, it's just great to be able to make connections, and find support with other moms and have someone be able to go through the daily challenges of motherhood with."

The rates vary for the mops program, but this session runs $70 a year which includes the childcare. For more information on the MOPS program, head to www.mops.org.