Even mom needs a break

Published 12:00 am Saturday, May 7, 2011

Rachel Pridgen and Katie King make flowers arrangements for gifts.

Mothers often give so much of themselves to the daily tasks of cooking, cleaning, doing laundry, chauffeuring children to and from school and ball practice – the list is infinite – that they don’t make time for themselves.

Earlier this year, a program geared toward mothers of preschool-aged children launched with a goal of encouraging, supporting and nurturing mothers.

About 10 women took advantage of the Mothers of Preschoolers (MOPS) program, which ended it classes yesterday for summer break, organizers said.

Moms in attendance had high praises for the group.

“I’ve been a MOPS member for several years,” said Hailey Stubbs who came here from Texas, but is from Canada. “It’s a great way to connect with moms with kids.”

Stubbs also said it’s a great way for mothers to have an adult conversation.

Kim Ralls agreed.

“I come for the fellowship with the girls,” she said.

Ashley Jones, who moved to Andalusia from Arkansas, said it gives moms a break and the staff is very compassionate.

“I’d heard about it and my sisters-in-law do it in other states,” she said. “We are extremely well-cared for by the organizers. They send us cards for our birthday, and they sent me flowers when I had my baby.”

Emily Pritchett jokingly said she comes for the “free childcare.”

“I’m not from here,” she said. “So it’s a good way for me to meet moms.”

During the fellowship, mothers are treated to refreshments, stress-relieving exercises and a craft.

On Friday, the group learned breathing techniques and a few yoga exercises from yoga instructor Nancy Blackmon.

The organization will begin meeting again in September one Friday of each month at the First Presbyterian Church at 9 a.m.

Cost is $45 for the school year, and childcare is available.

To sign up, call Sandi King at 222-5352.