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July 22, 2009 > Group supports moms, fun for kids

Group supports moms, fun for kids

By Meenu Gupta
Photos By Courtesy of playgroup moms

Moms of young children have a lot on their plate between diaper changes, errands, and cooking meals. It is difficult to find a spare moment to unwind or focus on your child's development. To support each other through the challenges that parenting brings an innovative group of mothers formed their own playgroup in Fremont. The playgroup meets regularly on the first Saturday of every month at a member's home, when not going on trips.

The goal is for moms to unwind from stressful daily routines while kids have fun going places. Group time provides an opportunity for members to focus on having fun with kids while keeping the innumerable distractions of home chores and office deadlines at bay. Suitable age-group activities while socializing with other kids promotes healthy development, giving them a head start in life.

"Children share many experiences together, like trips to the park, museums, zoo, circus and local farms. It's just as important for dads to spend quality time with their kids. Dads have enjoyed cheering for the boys during t-ball games, lighting fireworks for them on the 4th of July and watching them learn-to-swim," said Tracy Viereck, member of the group. "The playgroup has fulfilled my dream of raising my son with lifelong companionship and love." Most of the moms, though not all, are from the Glenmoor district. "It started when the kids were three months old and now they are all five," said Viereck.

Playdates have included trips to Ardenwood Farm, Children's Discovery Museum, Sleepy Hollow Zoo, BBQ's & picnics, besides house play dates and swim play dates. "We also celebrate each of the moms birthdays together, and also attend each child's birthday party," said Viereck. "We just finished playing on a t-ball team together and will be starting soccer in the fall. Our next trip with boys will be on BART to the Rainforest Cafe in July. For my 40th birthday party, my playgroup moms' friends are taking me on a limo ride to San Francisco to celebrate, eat and dance," she said.

Sharing her experience, Soofia Inayat, a member of the group recalled, "Coming to a land, which was quite different socially and culturally was scary and daunting for me. I joined this club and through it was fortunate enough to find six families who believed in family values and support. My son Danny looks forward to every meeting that we have with them."

Besides fostering positive interaction between parents and children, the group helps new mothers break the overwhelming and monotonous daily routine. As a member of the group they always have lots of friends to talk to about their kids and daily life. It gets even better when the suggestions come from another mom who shares the same experiences. "The playgroup has always been there for me. I get help with any question I have regarding my child's upbringing," said member Jenny Cunha.

For more information on how to join or create your own playgroup contact Tracy Viereck at (510) 599-1542.

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