GRASP Groups: Real Support for Real Moms

GRASP Groups: Real Support for Real Moms

When I first became a mother seven years ago, I couldn't believe that none of the other mothers I knew (including my close friends and even my own mother) ever really spoke frankly to me about some of the more difficult and trying parts of motherhood -- beginning with labor and delivery. I just had no idea it was going to be like that.

I also didn't realize that being a new mommy meant spending lots of time alone with a very small person who needed a lot from me but . . . was also sort of difficult and hard to interact with at times.

What I am trying to say here is that sometimes being a little person's mommy can be tough -- and that is true for every mommy out there. But for some reason, we don't really talk about that aspect of this major, life-changing experience.

Well, at GRASP Groups, Chicago-area mommies can talk about all of the great stuff -- and the tough stuff too. Participants gather together for hour-long sessions over the course of 8 weeks with the benefit of both professional knowledge and the support of other Chicago mothers.

This unique offering is a series of meetings for moms with infants or toddlers. It is facilitated by Alison Kramme (a Psychotherapist) and Sara Sladoje (a Child Development Specialist). The idea is that moms can socialize in a group setting while also benefiting from the expertise of Alison (on issues such as post-partum emotional issues, changes that children bring to a marriage) and Sara (on issues like bonding with baby, watching for major milestones, etc.).

I think of these groups as sort of a "play date plus." Moms can meet other moms while also getting some really valuable input from Alison and Sara. The fall session of GRASP starts at the end of September. The sessions are offered at Little Beans and the Lakeview YMCA. The groups are organized into two different age groups: mother of infants and mothers of toddlers. Please see below for additional sign up details. Registration is open now (but closes on the morning of September 28th so get going!). See all of the details below.

GRASP group at the Lakeview YMCA (3333 N. Marshfield)

Mother/Infant Group (babies 0-9 months, welcome to attend)

  • Dates: Wednesday, Sept 28th – Wednesday, Nov 16th
  • Time: 9:15 am – 10:15 a.m.

Moms of Toddlers Group (designed for moms of toddlers 12-36 months to attend while toddler is in child care)

  • Dates: Wednesday, Sept 28th – Wednesday Nov 16th
  • Time: 10:30 am – 11:30 am

GRASP group at Little Beans Café (1809 W. Webster)

Mother/Infant Group (babies 0-9 months, welcome to attend)

  • Dates:  Thursday, Sept 29th – Thursday, Nov 17th
  • Time: 9:00 am – 10:00 am

Moms of Toddlers Group (designed for moms of toddlers 12-36 months to attend while toddler is in child care)

  • Dates: Thursday, Sept 29th – Thursday Nov 17th
  • Time: 10:15 am – 11:15 am

Disclosure: GRASP Groups is a client of 2 Moms Media and we are helping to spread the word about the class offerings to Chicago mamas.

 

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