Motherhood is an important job. Raising the future generation that will run the world is a responsibility to take seriously. How do local Mom’s find support, companionship, and answers to child raising questions? The Mothers Connection is a nonprofit organization run by Mothers for Mothers and it provides all this and more.
The organization was started in 1984 by this author who at the time was a young mother with two children. The Mothers Center, a support and resource center located in New York, obtained a grant to help Mothers start centers in their communities. This author read about the grant and obtained a copy of the “how to manual” for starting these centers for mothers. Manual in hand, an 800 phone number offering support and guidance, and with the help of other interested Moms, The Mothers Connection (TMC) was incorporated as a nonprofit organization in North Palm Beach in September 1984. This author developed and ran the organization for three years, and after the birth of her third child she turned the reins over to a new president.
This author believes that moms have the answers and experience to help other moms. The best help is not always the pediatrician or your own mom. Many people live far away from their families. Sometimes the moms do not have any other friends who have children. This organization provides a place to meet other mothers who are going through similar things, and understand first hand what you are experiencing.
This is first of two articles about The Mother’s Connection. You will hear from the mom’s themselves about how The Mothers Connection has made a difference in their lives.
First an interview with Tasha Maganelli, former co-president of The Mothers Connection. She worked as a Marketing Representative, traveling for trade shows and business before she had children. She finds that the world of children is much more rewarding. She has been a member of The Mothers Connection since July 2008. Her husband Scott is an Options Trader. They have two children, Lorenzo Manganelli who is 5 1/2, and Marcello Manganelli who is 3 years old.
How did you hear about The Mothers Connection ?
Tasha:I had done an internet search when I first relocated to Florida. About that same time, I had gone to Chik-fil-A on Northlake Blvd. with my Mother-in-law and children. I ran into a TMC member there, Rosa Cheek. Rosa was so friendly and she spoke so fondly of the Mothers’ Connection. She urged me to try some playgroups and assured me that I would enjoy it.
How would you describe the Mothers Connection?
Tasha:I think that the Mothers’ Connection is like a family. The women are warm and friendly. It is a place that you can find a connection and a commonality. You can share funny stories about the antics of your children with other moms’ who can relate.
We get to bond over the various groups that meet during the month without the little ones getting underfoot. We all rely on each other for advice and support. If you need help at anytime, there are always several people to come to your aid. The Mothers’ Connection is a special group like none other I have found
What benefits have you received by being a member?
Tasha: The most important benefit you receive by being a member is good friends. TMC is constantly updating the database with a list of new parks and children’s’ play places. Whenever there is an event occurring, a member will post it to the boards so that everyone else can attend.
We have various groups that appeal to most; Book Club, Moms Night Out, Bunco. We have weekly playgroups that meet depending on the age of your child. TMC also holds seasonal parties. We get involved in charities; such as Habitat for Humanity, Autism Speaks Walk, Susan G Koman Walk.
Whether you need a plumber or a doctor, someone on the board will give you a reference for whatever you need. The ladies in TMC have a wealth of information!
What advice would you give to new mothers in the area?
Tasha:I would advise new mothers to get involved in TMC. It is so vital to connect to other moms’ who can offer you friendship, advice and humor when you are a mom. Your children will benefit as well from the friendships that they will make.
Anything else you would like to add?
Tasha: I think that I learned a lot and I grew as a person in the year that I was co-President with Julie Bellan. I’m glad that I was able to help contribute to the organization of TMC. I think that Julie ( the co-president) and I complemented each other well. We have a similar sense of humor which helps when you are running a group. The Mothers’ Connection brought something special to my life and I hope that it continues to do that for other new moms’.
Thank you Tasha and all the other wonderful Mom’s who have worked hard kept this organzation running for over 25 years! Stay tuned for more interviews and pictures.
THE GOOD NEWS IS: If you live in the area and are a Mom who would like to get involved, visit the Mothers Connection (TMC) Web site and find out what is available for you and your children.