Purpose Statement

MOPS Purpose Statement: MOPS International exists to encourage, equip and develop every mother of preschoolers to realize her potential as a woman, mother and leader in the name of Jesus Christ.

Friday, September 12, 2008

12 September - The Classroom

The Classroom

Guest Speaker: Panel consisting of Karen A-D,Sarah B and Kate B
Topic: Mums talk about the experience of choosing a school for your children
Morning Tea Theme: Lunchbox foods
Craft: Sock Puppets

Summary of session:
Kate B (Head of Womens Ministry at MBC) spoke first about her experience of schooling. A few of her main points were to see each of your children as individuals and the school that suits one may not necessarily suit another. Realise also that you become a part of a school community. Sarah B spoke about selecting a primary school for her son based on lots of questions and research (she said to not be afraid to ask questions and speak up if want to know something as its a big decision you are making). She said one main factor in helping her choose a school was to look at her sons interests and skills and try and find a school that also emphasised those areas.
Karen A-D also spoke about the school community and mentioned her school has multi-age classes.

School and Preschool Option in Queensland


School starts in Queensland with a (non-compulsory) Prep year for children turning 5 by June 30th.

Preschool options - Prior to this time your options include:

  • Child staying at home with parent
  • Child at home with a paid or unpaid carer (eg home based nanny or family member). There are some nanny agencies such as (ADD SOME HERE). If a family member good idea to have some guidelines/rules in place to increase consistency across carers etc
  • Child Care/Creche/Day Care - this may be either centre based care or family day care in the home of a qualified carer. Centre Based Care - Available 5 days a week (you nominate days you want) and open generally from 6.30am to 6.30 pm. Fees vary. Some families eligible for Government subsidy. Waitlists can be long in some centres and for some age groups. Some centres ask for a booking fee. You will need to enquire at each centre you are interested in. Its a good idea to find a centre close to home or work if possible rather than one out of your way. Ask around for recommendations. Word of mouth is always a good way to find a quality centre but remember what one family wants/needs out of a centre may not be the same as yours. Best idea is to make a short list of centres and physically visit them to get a feel for the place - do the children look happy, do the staff look happy, what does the centre offer, what are the centres hours, policies, fees etc. Ask some current parents about things such as how any problem behaviours are managed or is there a high turnover of staff. Ultimately you are asking - would you be ok about your child being cared for by these workers and in this centre. Family Day Care has the advantages or being one carer with a smaller group of children in a home environment. To find out more about Family Day Care here on the coast see this site or contact xxxx TO BE ADDED.
  • Taking part in a Kindergarten/Pre-Prep program for the year immediately prior to prep - These pre-prep programs are offered via some day care centres and more specifically via centres such as C& K etc. Most C&K Kindergarten/Pre-Prep have either a 2 day or 3 day group OR a rotating 2 day/3 day fortnight. Note that the day is shorter than that available via child care centres. Most C&K programs run from 8.45-2.15 or 9 to 2pm. C & K Pre-Prep only runs during school term. If you are considering C&K, be prepared to put your name on a waitlist at least 12-18mths prior to when you want your child to attend as places are limited (often only 2 groups of around 20-25 children). So this would mean figuring out what year your child will be attending Prep (e.g., Prep in 2012) and then you'll want to enrol your child in C & K for Pre-Prep the year before this (Pre-Prep 2011) so ideally you would then count back 18 mths prior to this year to enrol to increase your chance of a place (enrol by mid-2009) - should you choose this option. Please note that I am by no means wanting to alarm anyone but rather some info/advice/planning ahead that I wish I had known/been given/taken notice of/acted upon.

Preparing your child for school/Readiness for school
See these sites for further info (to be added)

Choosing a School - link to Fact Sheet by Dr John Irvine (to be added)

School Zones - to be added. Does anyone know if you can access a map of school zones or is a matter of contacting the school you are interested in?

The School Enrolment procedure - each school varies. Most have a website or a prospectus (or both) with enrolment forms. In terms of Prep most school advertise their info nights around Oct/November for parents wishing to enrol children for the following year

Private/Independent vs Public/Government

See Education Queensland website for lots of information and practical advice


In the meantime here's something to make you laugh.

All this talk about school made me dig out the old albums. This is me (Michele) when I was in Grade 5. I was "9 years 11 mths" according to Mum's writing on the back of the photo. Don't you love the skivvy. Very practical for those cold school days in Victoria I am sure, and I still remember those "Hoppers" overalls. I loved them and thought they were very cool !

And what I wouldn't do to get my natural hair color back again ....

Posting this photo makes me think of a magazine article I read recently where someone wrote a letter to their current adult self from their 10 year old self....that would be an interesting exercise ....another time perhaps ....Amongst other things it would definitely include something along the lines of "Don't dye your hair ...ever ... as you will NEVER be able to return to your natural colour no matter how hard you try or how much you are willing to spend"

Thursday, September 11, 2008

Did You Know About ...Child Protection Week?

It is currently Child Protection Week Sunday Sept 7 to Saturday Sept 13.

The 2008 theme is "Children See, Children Do...Make your influence a positive one".

See here for further information

See also NAPCAN

and PACT (Protect All Children Today) websites

Did You Know About ...The Pyjama Foundation?

The Pyjama Foundation (click here) is a volunteer organization that trains Pyjama Angels to read regularly (once a week) to children in Foster Care.
They will be conducting new volunteer training on Thursday 2nd October 2008 from 6pm-9.30pm.
Training on the Sunshine Coast only happens twice a year, so this is a great opportunity if you are interested in becoming a Pyjama Angel.
If you require any more information or would like to attend the training, please contact Sue Cluff by Friday 26 September.
Sue Cluff
Sunshine Coast Co-ordinator
The Pyjama Foundation
Ph: 0421 521440

Tuesday, September 09, 2008

Baby Announcement

Announcing a new little MOPPET
MOPS Mum Merran had a baby boy:
"Billy" (William Mark) born 1:42am 26th August 2008, weighing 7lb 15 oz.
Congratualations to Merran and Mark from all of us at MOPS@MBC

Saturday, September 06, 2008

Fathers Day

Karens post on Fathers reminded me of a card I made for my Dad for last Father's Day.

My card for Dad was inspired by a quote I once read about fatherhood written by Erma Bombeck (Humorist and social commentator)

Her quote reads as follows:

“He opened the jar of pickles when no one else could. He was the only one in the house who wasn’t afraid to go into the basement by himself. He cut himself shaving, but no one got excited about it. It was understood that when it rained, he got the car and brought it around to the door. When anyone was sick, he went out to get the prescription filled”
Erma Bombeck

And here's the one I wrote for my Dad along similar lines (I hope no-one is offended by the toilet humour but that's my Dad for you!)

He scraped the black stuff off hostie-toasties and turned them upside down so you wouldn’t see the burnt bit. He made the best camp-oven potatoes and worst ever “chicken” (actually rabbit) casserole (it’s just the red wine Shel-Bel). He took us on great long bike rides and fishing for snails and abalone to cook on the beach (even though we didn’t eat them). He built bull-nosed verandah cubby houses, and made flying foxes and billy carts and tin canoes. He taught us to work hard and have fun doing it. He made us laugh with his “Dad jokes”, badger-badgers and pull-my-fingers. He took us to bed upside down like fruit-bats, checked we were still breathing in our sleep and gave us warmed port and comfort when we were sick. He took us on adventures in our own backyard and in other countries. He drove us all over the place on “Cook’s Tours”, singing verse after verse of My Highland Goat-e-oat-e-oat and “When I First Came to This Land” (nah nah nah whoo whoo) ….. and letting us change the lights with our feet as we drove. He instilled in me a sense of excitement about learning about different people and places and looking up stuff in big heavy books. He taught us right from wrong and good from bad and that’s it’s ok to stuff up once in a while as long as you say sorry. He made me value family connections and history and the importance of long-lasting friendships and doing anything for a mate in need. He makes me smile when I see him with his grand-children as a proud Poppa. He is my Dad and I love him.

Happy Father's Day to all the Dad's out there. Hope you all get very spoilt. My husband is getting a sleep in (as best you can with 2 kids under 3), a real cooked breakfast with all the works ...and he doesnt know it yet so hope he doesnt read this blog but a new hotplate for the BBQ of course (inspired by our last MOPS).

Would you like to share a Dad story with us or post about what you are planning for Fathers Day. You can add a comment or email content/photos etc to Michele (hillme@virginbroadband.com.au) if you want to get something posted on the Blog.

Friday, September 05, 2008

Father's Day

One of the special Mums I am priveleged to know gave me permission to share this touching Father's Day message with you.... I pray it speaks to you as it did to me.

Please Note:
click on "My Father".....and a larger version will open on your screen :)

A Timely Marriage Reminder

An Ordinary Glass Window, A Timely Marriage Reminder
 “Marriage should be honored by all ...”
Hebrews 13:4 (NIV)
About a year ago I woke up early one morning and saw the strangest sight. Condensation had collected on one of my bedroom windows. Etched in the condensation were two perfectly drawn circles. They were joined at the center and looked exactly like two wedding bands.

I stared at this marking on my window and tried to come up with a reasonable explanation. I could not for the life of me figure out how two perfect circles could have gotten drawn into the condensation of my very high up bedroom window. Later that day I went back to look at the window, but the hot afternoon sun had long since caused the window to dry out. The wedding bands were gone. For days I looked for their return, waking each morning eager to see them and ponder their existence. But when the days turned into weeks without seeing them, I eventually stopped looking.

Then one morning they reappeared. Only this time they were there for several mornings straight. Each morning when my eyes would open, the two etched wedding bands were the first thing I'd see.

On about the fourth morning as I stared at this strange phenomenon my heart started aching. There was a kind of urgency suddenly pulsing through my chest. I tried to brush it off but couldn't quite shake the feeling. It was a conviction - but not a condemning kind of conviction, rather a tender conviction to love my husband more intentionally. And not just in the convenient ways, in the inconvenient as well. In ways that take a little more thought, intentionality and effort. Ways that are easy to let slip when the everyday urgencies seem to take precedence and seem more important.

So, I mentally made all kinds of promises and grand plans for a priority overhaul. And for a few days, I did great. But then life... lots of life distracted me and my attention got redirected. The window circles soon disappeared and so did my resolve. All my good intentions slipped back into a comfortable getting by of sorts.

Well, at the risk of starting to sound like a Hallmark movie, the circles came back. I don't want to sound presumptuous. I fully realize that there could be a perfectly good reason for the circles.  One friend suggested that they could be leftover marks from when the windows were installed.  But then why are they only sometimes there?  We’ve lived in this house and had that same window for 15 years and they are just now showing up? And why do they only seem to appear when God needs to send me a perfectly timed reminder to give my marriage and my husband, more attention?

Do you think that maybe, just maybe, Love of the most divine kind has reached down to touch an ordinary glass window?
Dear Lord, I think we’ll be amazed one day when we get to Heaven and realize how intimately involved You’ve always been in our lives.  Lord, thank You for this message in the form of two circles on my window.  Even if there is an explanation for them besides You drawing these circles, I thank You that through them You’ve reminded me to love my husband more intentionally.  Please help us all to make our marriages more of a priority in our lives.  Show us how to love the way you intended us to love. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.
Related Resources:
Visit Lysa TerKeurst’s blog today to learn how to conquer one of the most challenging aspects of marriage - expectations!
Capture His Heart by Lysa TerKeurst
Application Steps: 
Make a list today of some attitudes and actions that you could change as a blessing for your spouse.
Attitude: Have you been struggling with any negative attitudes toward your spouse such as disrespect, unforgiveness, resentment, or frustration?
Actions: What are some little everyday things that you could do to make your spouse’s life better, more fun, or less stressful?
I know from personal experience that marriage can be both wonderful and incredibly hard. One of the most important things I can do as a wife is to actively pray for my husband, and myself in my role as a wife.  What are some things that you could commit to praying for in regards to your marriage?  After all if God can speak to me through an ordinary window, I know he can certainly speak to us and advise us about our marriages during focused times of prayer.
Power Verses:
1 Peter 3:1, “Wives, in the same way be submissive to your husbands so that, if any of them do not believe the word, they may be won over without words by the behavior of their wives.” (NIV) 
1 Timothy 3:11, “In the same way, their wives are to be women worthy of respect, not malicious talkers but temperate and trustworthy in everything.” (NIV)
© 2008 by Lysa TerKeurst. All rights reserved.
Proverbs 31 Ministries
616-G, Matthews-Mint Hill Road
Matthews, NC 28105

Wednesday, September 03, 2008

29 August - Celebrating Fatherhood

On the 29th August we looked at Fatherhood as this was the meeting before Fathers Day (Reminder: Father's Day is this Sunday 7 September!)

Topic: Celebrating Fatherhood
Guest Speaker: Pastor Lloyd, Pastor from Maroochy Baptist, husband to MOPS Leader/Mum Simone, and Dad to 3 gorgeous boys, 9, 4 and <1 style="font-weight: bold;">Morning Tea: A lovely BBQ with sausages and chicken kebabs
Creative Activity: We made a cutlery roll for picnics, made out of a checked tea-towel

Here is a copy of Ps Lloyds notes on "Understanding Your Man"

Father’s Day: Understanding Your Man


Difference is a good thing!

Illustration: Jerry Seinfeld finds someone just like him.

Women think like Spaghetti, Men’s minds are quiet and focus on one thing at a time

Careful with the generalisations

· Life circumstances and upbringing can change these things greatly. They may not even appear to be there at all.

Illustration: Aussie men in terms of maleness have been encouraged greatly by our mums

4 images of your man:

1. The Leader

Last time I spoke on understanding men, I talked from a Bible passage (Ephesians 5) that talks about the ‘Headship’ and what that means.

Men and women are different, “husbands love your wives, and women respect your husbands”

Head can mean: Source of a river, Head of the Body (unity), Head of state, authority.

We noted that Headship as it appears in Ephesians, mainly talks about, sacrifice and service.

Illustration: in the business world, inverted pyramid!

Illustration: Being a Wrigglies rep

Your husband in the spirit world, is the gatekeeper to your family

He has both responsibility and is accountable to God

Response: Release him to lead, don’t feel in competition with him.

‘Happy wife happy life’, a man’s persona generally reflects how things are going in the family.

Honour him: Honour has to do with ‘integrity’ and ‘position’ both Internal and external!

Honey, where’s my socks!!! Value him. He brings things to the family that you can’t provide!

2. The Provider

A man gains a great deal of his identity through what he does for work.

Illustration: Me going to college and losing my identity, business card: ‘Lloyd Mxxxx Director of Travellers’

Illustration: Men at the BBQ. When men get together, they often share business cards!

If a man loses his job or is having trouble at work, or is unable to work because of illness, or unable to get work it is a devastating experience.

This is not to say that women don’t provide, some of your families have survived because of your income. However you get your identity through many things, relationships, mothering, family the house etc, your ministry.

Men go to great lengths to get work to provide. Illustration: Landline, Tradesmen from Vietnam, working in WA sending the money home to keep their family.

Sometimes women find it hard to understand why the husband works so long and doesn’t get home till late. Sometimes this sense of responsibility can be on overdrive, making sure that you have enough.

Most families today are double income; however it is really pertinent in these times with little ones, when you are focused on mothering and nurturing.


· Respect your man “show consideration” Note the difference with Honour

· Discuss the use of family resources (wife discussing with me about Gym membership)

· Appreciate how hard the work is at times (Carolyn, Every $50 was 2 hours her husband had to spend in the hot sun on a roof top somewhere)

3. The Caveman

When things get on top of us, we generally withdraw to make sense of our world. We can be tired, not communicate, and be aloof.

Women have a beautiful way of letting off emotional steam in crying. Men generally find it hard to get there.

Illustration: Someone saying to Ps Lloyd "I think I should be crying, but I don’t know how to"

The most difficult time of life is when you have teenagers and dying parents 40-50, close to that is the young family season.

Men can often have a time of crisis in the ages between 30-40s. They may experience stress attacks, and become depressed.


· Keep a check on your man

· Don’t leave him alone! Most women think that because he is withdrawn, he does not want me in there, WRONG!!!! You have a far greater fabric of support than he does. “A gentle answer turns away wrath, but a harsh word stirs up anger”.

· “When the lion is roaring, step in his mouth and have a good look around”

· “Fear knocked on the door, faith opened the door and nothing was there!”

· You have the keys to his heart. Press in, not with nagging but communicate care and tenderness.


4. The Adventurer

Most men need adventure to keep them fresh. A battle to be fought, a mountain to climb, a challenge to conquer, a wilderness to be explored, a beast to be hunted, or a maiden to be rescued. (Note added by Michele - see the books by Stasi and John Eldredge. Womens book is called Captivating and the mens is called Wild at Heart)

Boys, get dirty, skin a knee, make loud car noises, want to wrestle and fight!

Remember: Girls are made of: “sugar and spice and all things nice”, however boys are “snips and snails and puppy dogs tails”

Illustration: Watching movie called "Captain and Commander" with Russell Crow (“The courage to do the impossible lies in the hearts of men”)

In the heart of all men is the desire of the wilderness, of adventure, however it may only manifest in a love of playing computer games!!!!

Men need to rediscover the wilderness.

Many men in this family phase are in the busiest season of life, they need to be encouraged to have time out.

Illustration: My time out on the ocean, even when I am tired


· Encourage your man to have friendships with other male friends

· Set him free (release him) to take a few days camping or a fishing trip


Honour your man, respect him with consideration, approach him with gentleness, care and support, set him free when it is needed, encourage his wildness and adventure.

Aslan (the lion in The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe):

Then he isn’t safe?” said Lucy.

“Safe?” said Mr. Beaver; “don’t you hear what Mrs. Beaver tells you? Who said anything about safe? ‘Course he isn’t safe. But he’s good. He’s the King I tell you.”

There is a little bit of Aslan in every man……

· It takes far less energy to do the best things, “a gentle answer turns away wrath,” Having a heated argument can be the easiest thing at the time, but it is far more exhausting in the long run, than choosing to have a gentle answer.

· Reverse psychology, investments that bring a good return. Doing a little thing now in the right place and the right way, can make a tremendous difference not only to your man, but in turn to you!

Theme Scripture

Psalm 139

1 You have searched me, LORD, and you know me.
2 You know when I sit and when I rise; you perceive my thoughts from afar.
3 You discern my going out and my lying down; you are familiar with all my ways.
4 Before a word is on my tongue you, LORD, know it completely.
5 You hem me in behind and before, and you lay your hand upon me.
6 Such knowledge is too wonderful for me, too lofty for me to attain.

7 Where can I go from your Spirit? Where can I flee from your presence?
8 If I go up to the heavens, you are there; if I make my bed in the depths, you are there.
9 If I rise on the wings of the dawn, if I settle on the far side of the sea,
10 even there your hand will guide me, your right hand will hold me fast.
11 If I say, “Surely the darkness will hide me and the light become night around me,”
12 even the darkness will not be dark to you; the night will shine like the day,
for darkness is as light to you.

13 For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother’s womb.
14 I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well.
15 My frame was not hidden from you when I was made in the secret place,
when I was woven together in the depths of the earth.
16 Your eyes saw my unformed body; all the days ordained for me were written in your book before one of them came to be.
17 How precious to me are your thoughts, God! How vast is the sum of them!
18 Were I to count them, they would outnumber the grains of sand — when I awake, I am still with you.

19 If only you, God, would slay the wicked! Away from me, you who are bloodthirsty!
20 They speak of you with evil intent; your adversaries misuse your name.
21 Do I not hate those who hate you, LORD, and abhor those who are in rebellion against you?
22 I have nothing but hatred for them; I count them my enemies.
23 Search me, God, and know my heart; test me and know my anxious thoughts.
24 See if there is any offensive way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting.

Annual MOPS Participation Fee

The annual MOPS Participation Fee of $10 assists MOPS Australia in covering the cost of training for Regional Coordinators to help other MOPS groups to develop around Australia. It also allows more MOPS group leaders around Australia to access regional training.

This will go a long way to helping MOPS Australia bring MOPS to more Mums around Australia.

When you register for MOPS each year, you will be handed an Annual Participation Fee form, and we ask that if you are able to pay this $10 participation fee, please do so before the end of April 2011.

The payment options are...
1. Direct Debit to MOPS Australia bank account
2. Credit card
3. Cheque payable to MOPS Australia
4. Cash to MOPS@MBC front desk

Thank you, from the MOPS@MBC team.

How did MOPS begin?

It was a Tuesday morning, at about 9.30. They each had faced spilled cereal, tangled hair, and a few had even been forced to change their outfits due to a last-minute baby throw-up on a shoulder or lap. They had driven, or pushed strollers, to the church and had dropped their little ones off in the creche. They had made it!

And now they sat, knees almost touching, in the circle of children's chairs from the Sunday school room. Hands held hot cups of tea and biscuits in utter freedom because this treat did not have to be shared with a child's sticky fingers. Mouths moved in eager, uninterrupted conversation. Eyes sparkled with enthusiasm. Hearts stirred with understanding. Needs were met.

That morning in 1973, was the first morning of MOPS, or Mothers of Preschoolers. Little was it known that from this small beginning in a church in Colorado, USA, the seeds of the MOPS concept and format had been planted. The needs of the women were met even then, through the opportunity for friendship, creative outlet and spiritual emphasis. MOPS International now charters approximately 2,500 MOPS groups in churches in the United States and 13 other countries throughout the world.

How did MOPS begin in Australia?

How did MOPS begin in Australia?

Nineteen years later and thousands of kilometres away, the same mutual need for sharing was realised by a group of mums with children under school age in Melbourne. After reading about the MOPS concept in the US, leaders introduced the program to the Clayton Church of Christ Fellowship in early 1990 and MOPS was born in Australia. From this small beginning, the seeds for future growth were planted, resulting in the formation of an affiliated body to support the ever-increasing number of Australian groups and the mums they served.

Since its formation in June 2000, MOPS Australia, Inc has grown rapidly and there are currently over 100 groups throughout Australia. In the last year alone, 35 new groups have commenced, with groups starting up regularly throughout different Christian denominations. Groups now meet in every state and territory in Australia, with an estimated ministry to approximately 2500 mums and 3000 children.

How did MOPS begin at MBC?

A Brief History of MOPS at MBC by Karen Askey-Doran (COordinator of MOPS til 2008 and currently Regional Coordinator).

In 1999, the leader of MBC’s women’s ministry caught the vision of MOPS. At that time I was a new Mum with little inclination to help; I was interested but not convicted!

Roughly a year later another meeting was held to generate interest. At this time I had another little baby girl, a 16-month-old toddler and, although I was unaware of it, Post Natal Depression. And once again people were interested but not compelled to lead.

In 2005 Holly, caught the vision of MOPS and began to sow the seeds of interest throughout the young Mums in our church. Robyn Robertson came to our first meeting and inspired us into action…the seeds Holly planted took hold!

People came slowly at first to fill the positions, it seemed there were a lot of blanks for a long time! Holly was going to be our Coordinator and when she filled out the charter she realised that a Mother of Preschoolers should really fill that role…. So she called me! Very graciously, Holly took a side step into a Mentoring role (very appropriate really).

God was moving in our midst, we had been blessed with an inspired team of 15 Mops Leaders and 9 Moppets Leaders, each one having a testimony about how God had lead them to this ministry!

I suspect that God has big plans for our group. I still feel very inadequate sometimes but I do trust God and I want to serve him and to reach out to Mums who are hurting, to support them. I want to encourage, you know, to build up… to make a difference in people’s lives, especially my children’s!

I know I’m not alone… In Romans 8:28 it says “we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.” He planned for my girls, my twins, my battle with PND. He planned for MOPS - at this time - in our church! The door has literally been flung open!

What happens at a MOPS meeting?

When a mum enters a MOPS meeting, she is greeted by a friendly face and escorted to MOPPETS, where her children enjoy their special part of the MOPS program. In MOPPETS, children from infancy through to school age experience a caring environment while they learn, sing, play and make crafts.

Once her children are settled, the MOPS mum joins a program tailor-made to meet her needs. She can grab something to eat and not have to share it! She can finish a sentence and not have to speak in words of two syllables!

The program typically begins with a brief lesson taught by an older mum who's been through the challenging years of mothering and who can share from her experience and from the truths taught in the Bible. Then the women move into small discussion groups where there are no "wrong answers" and each mum is free to share her joys and struggles with other mums who truly understand her feelings. In these moments, long-lasting friendships are often made on the common ground of finally being understood.

From here, the women participate in a craft or other creative activity. For mums who are often frustrated by the impossibility of completing anything in their unpredictable days, this activity is deeply satisfying. It provides a sense of accomplishment and growth for many mums.

Because mums of preschoolers themselves lead MOPS, the program also offers women a chance to develop their leadership skills and other talents. It takes organisation, creativity, and management skills to run a MOPS program successfully.

By the time they finish the MOPS meeting and pick up their children, the mums feel refreshed and better able to mother. MOPS helps them recognise that mums have needs too! And when they take the time to meet those needs, they find they are more effective in meeting the needs of their families.

Meeting the needs of Mothers of Preschoolers

The MOPS program is dedicated to meeting the needs of mothers of preschoolers. These needs have been identified by Elisa Morgan and Carol Kuykendall in their book, What Every Mum Needs:

The need for Identity: Sometimes I'm not sure who I am

The need for Growth: Sometimes I long to develop who I am

The need for Relationship: Sometimes I long to be understood

The need for Help: Sometimes I need to share the load

The need for Perspective: Sometimes I lose my focus

The need for Hope: Sometimes I wonder if there's more to life

Here's How Some Mums Describe MOPS

"MOPS means that I am able to share the joys and frustrations and insecurities of being a mum. Our meetings provide the opportunity to hear someone else say, "I was up all night," or "They're driving me crazy!"

MOPS mum, Perth

"As a single mum, this is the first group I've felt accepted in for who I am."

MOPS mum, Canberra

'On my first day at MOPS, I knew my life had changed forever! The women made me feel so relaxed. I had a peace I hadn't felt for a long time. They were so caring, pleasant, helpful…the list goes on! I just want to say, "Thank you MOPS!" If it weren't for MOPS, I wouldn't be where I am today.'

MOPS mum, Melbourne

'When I first started MOPS, I was very, very lonely. MOPS gave me a chance to get out of the house which I was grateful for. The talks were very informative. I found out a lot through these talks. My problems seemed to become smaller. When I first started at MOPS, I thought I was a Christian. I wasn't. Through MOPS I can now say, 'I am a Christian.' MOPS to me is not only Mothers of Pre Schoolers, but My Own Private Salvation!'

MOPS mum, Canberra