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The Spirit of the Mothers’ Center of Central NJ

One of the wonderful offerings of the Mothers’ Center is the meal train for new moms or moms going through a difficult time. I have always participated in the meal trains as a way to support other mothers of the Center. Just recently, as my husband and I welcomed the birth of our daughter, we were the grateful recipients of those meals.

I am immensely grateful for all the moms who brought us dinner. And I am equally grateful for the adult conversation, flowers, words of encouragement, wisdom and sympathetic ears that came with those delicious meals. The Mothers’ Center brings together moms from different towns and backgrounds who care about each other, especially as we go through one of life’s most difficult – and joyous – transitions. The simple texts and emails I received while awaiting my daughter’s arrival – hi, how are you, do you want me to watch your firstborn, do you want me to get you anything from the store, hang in there – meant the world to me. After our daughter’s arrival,the emails and texts continued and it made the isolation that comes with the first couple of weeks of a newborn so much easier to bear.

The past three years have brought many changes in my life, first as my husband and I welcomed our son and, now most recently, our daughter. I went from being a career-focused young professional to a new mom trying to find a balance between my career and motherhood. There is no handbook or instructional manual for this, but the connections and experiences I gained through the Mothers’ Center have helped me to write my own – and for this, I am forever thankful.

Join me in a special Thanksgiving event

As the holiday approaches, I invite you to give special thanks to one or more of the special moms who inspire you and have made a difference in your life. Post your appreciation on your Facebook wall, using #MCCNJthanksmoms, and tag Mothers’ Center of Central NJ. Taking a few minutes to post your Thanksgiving “attitude of gratitude” will create a loving and joyous start to the holidays for the special moms in your life—and you!

Here is my video of appreciation.

#MCCNJthanksmom

To kick off this holiday season, MCCNJ challenges you to express your appreciation for a mom (or more) who have inspired you and made a difference in your life over the past year. Post your appreciation on your Facebook wall, using the #MCCNJthanksmoms, and tag Mothers’ Center of Central NJ. Taking a few minutes to post your Thanksgiving “attitude of gratitude” will create a loving and joyous start to the holidays for the special moms in your life—and you!

You have 24 hours to complete this challenge and invite others to participate. If you opt out from the challenge, consider donating a case of diapers. You can drop off your donation at the Garwood Presbyterian Church starting December or make a purchase via our wishlist on Amazon.

This challenge runs from 11/19/2017 until 11/25/2017.

Brrrrrr it is cold outside! Stay warm at MCCNJ this Winter!

Come join us for our Winter mini-session! It starts right after Thanksgiving and ends just before Christmas.

We have a hot chocolate meetup, cookie exchange, spa morning, holiday party, and more!

Our Winter Mini Session Groups include:

Monday Morning Playgroup 9:30-11am (no group fee)
Tuesday Mom and Baby 9:30-11:00am (no group fee and onsite babysitting available for older siblings)
Wednesday Discussion Group for Moms 9:30-11:00am (no group fee and onsite babysitting available)
Thursday Creative Expressions (Music and Art) 9:30-10:15 ($30 for 4 weeks). Please note this group usually fills quickly and has limited spots available.

Read our full newsletter and register online now! http://cnj.mom-mentum.org/members/groups-registration/

Fall 2017 Newsletter, Open Houses, and Collection for Hurricane Relief

Fall 2017 Newsletter is HERE!! MCCNJ_Fall_2017_Newsletter

See you at Open House on September 12 9:30-11am or September 13 8-10pm.

Please know our new online registration will open at 9am September 14.

Also– Due to the horrible devastation due to Hurricane Harvey and Hurricane Irma- MCCNJ will be collecting money to support diaper drives in the effected areas. You will be able to make a donation with your membership payment- please see the added line on the form to indicate if you would like to contribute. ** MCCNJ will match up to $500 of all funds collected**

Thank you!

 

Hello Summer 2017!

This week, the Mothers’ Center of Central NJ kicked off its summer season of activities for moms and their children! We started the week with our weekly Playgroup in the newly renovated playroom and craft room – it was wonderful to see new and familiar faces come together to play, chat and share wisdom.

On Tuesday morning, moms came together for discussion group to talk about the challenges and joys of motherhood and in the evening, more moms gathered for our first Moms’ Night Out at the Jazz festival in Westfield. It was a wonderful day full of bonding and laughter.

Today, we welcomed moms and their kids at our first Creative Expressions class where everyone sang, danced, listened to wonderful stories, and drew with chalks. Seeing the happy faces of the children (and moms) reminded us of the great community that we have and why the Mothers’ Center plays an important role in each families’ lives.

2017 Summer Groups

Happy Summer! We hope to see you this summer at one of our events and/or programs. See our newsletter for a full listing of events and programs.

This summer, we continue to offer outings at the farm, zoo, pool, playgrounds, and more. In addition, our programs will feature the popular Monday Morning Playgroup, Discussion Group, and Creative Expressions Monday through Wednesday mornings. Click HERE to register and see below for more details about these programs.

  • Morning Playgroup | Mondays 9:30-11am at Garwood Presbyterian Church

Fee: N/A

Dates: 7/3, 7/10, 7/17, 7/24, 7/31, 8/7, 8/14, 8/21, 8/28

Moms and kids enjoying each other’s company in free play in the childcare room filled with age-appropriate toys, puzzles, coloring books and storybooks. Until our Mom and Baby group returns in September, we welcome all moms with infants to join our Monday playgroup and/or Tuesday discussion group this summer.

  • Discussion Group | Tuesdays 9:30-11am at Garwood Presbyterian Church

Fee: Babysitting fee is applicable, if used

Dates: 7/11, 7/18, 7/25, 8/1, 8/8, 8/15, 8/22, 8/29

This informal discussion group will be an opportunity for members to share their experiences, reflect on themselves and their own relationships, and connect with other women in the group. Until our Mom and Baby group returns in September, we welcome all moms with infants to join our Monday playgroup and/or Tuesday discussion group this summer.

  • Creative Expressions | Wednesdays 10:00-10:45 at Garwood Presbyterian Church

Fee: $10/child

Dates: 7/12, 7/19, 7/26, 8/2, 8/9

Bring out the creative genius in your child! Join us for the 5 week session and enjoy stories, art, music and movement. Come ready to sing some familiar songs with your child and learn some new ones! For ages 1-4 years.

 

Another Fun Family Event: 6th Annual 2017 NJ Miles with Moms

On Sunday, April 23rd 2017, the Mothers’ Center of Central New Jersey hosted its 6th annual NJ Miles with Moms fundraiser. Everyone from devoted runners to happy babies in strollers participated in the one-mile and 5K races. Additionally, the “kids fun run” had children racing their hearts out to the cheers of proud parents. Not all realized the shortest distance between two points is a straight line but all were rewarded with a shiny medal regardless.

The event also featured activities by Tinkergarten and Creative Kids, face painting, a DJ, and giveaways. We are so grateful for all of our sponsors, participants, volunteers and the 5K committee for making this event a success – THANK YOU! Enjoy the below collection of photos from our fundraiser. See you next year!

14 Days Until our 2017 6th Annual Miles with Moms!

We are excited and started counting back to our 6th Annual Miles with Moms fundraiser! REGISTER now and join us at this fun family event on April 23rd at 9AM, Sunday at Oak Ridge Park in Clark.

Runners, walkers, mom and dads with strollers, kids, friends and neighbors are all welcome! This fun-filled family event features race, raffle, and kid activities sponsored by local and national businesses. All proceeds from the fundraiser go towards improving programs for children, moms and families.

Our 2017 Spring Newsletter is Now Available!

Our Spring newsletter with lots of fun programming for both kids and their mommies is now available. Check-out our Spring Newsletter and our Events Calendar for the comprehensive list.

  1. Signature Programs
    • Mom and Baby
    • Mommy and Me Music
    • Morning Playgroup
    • Afternoon Playground Meetup
    • Executive Mommas
    • Walking Group
  2. Special Events for Children and Families
    • Creative Arts Studio
    • Masquerade Party
    • Cooking with Kids (with the assistance of moms or caregivers)
    • Family Trip to the Farm
    • Family Trip to the Zoo
  3. Educational / Discussion Classes
    • Parenting Essentials: Becoming a More Encouraging Parent (for parents of 5-12 year olds)
    • Discussion Group for Moms
  4. Exercise Classes
    • Mommy & Me Yoga
    • Zumba
    • Strong as a Mother Fitness
  5.  Outings
    • Moms’ Night Out
    • FIKA
  6.  Fundraising
    • 6th Annual Miles with Moms – bring your family and friends to join us at this fun family event filled with kids activities, face painting, music, raffles and a no-pressure race (run it, walk it, dance it, stroll it…whatever you feel like that day). The event is on April 23rd, Sunday at Oak Ridge Park in Clark.
    • Flower Power – if you are planting a garden of flowers, fruits, vegetables or hers, consider ordering from Flower Power and support the Mothers’ Center. 50% of proceeds raised will benefit this wonderful non-profit.
  7. Planning Committees
    • MCCNJ Steering Committee
    • Annual 5K Fundraiser Steering Committee

To enroll in our events, complete the registration form in our spring newsletter, mail in your dues, and we will have you setup promptly!

Hope to see everyone soon!

2017 6th Annual NJ Miles with Moms Family Event

Join us on Sunday, April 23rd in Oak Ridge park, Clark, from 9 a.m. until 12 p.m. for our 6th annual NJ Miles with Moms 5K/1M fundraiser benefiting the Mothers’ Center of Central NJ. Whether you are an avid runner, casual runner, walker or just someone who likes to run or stroll with his/her family, this event is for you.

In addition to the race/walk, we will have plenty of activities to engage kids from all ages – arts and crafts, face painting, music, and kids fun run are just a few examples. Oak Ridge park is family friendly with its ample parking and space which means that while you race or walk all family members are safe on the premises.

REGISTER NOW

If you are seeking an opportunity to train for our race, we encourage you to sign up for a 4-group 5K run coaching offered by Strong Like Bull.