If there’s anything the isolation of the pandemic has taught us, it’s that our social connections are especially critical. Parents need to talk to others, compare notes and learn new things. During and after the pandemic, it has been vital to continue those connections, whether by Zoom calls, Facebook Groups or middle-of-the-night texts. And many more options to make those social connections have become available, most in the form of online contacts, apps or both.
As we begin establishing new routines this year, many of those social connections have earned a place among our regular contacts. Here are some we’ve heard most about:
Good choices for everything parenting
toledo.momcollective.com is a locally focused parenting website for getting the most out of raising your kids in the Toledo area. A sister site of the national City Mom Collective, this page is filled with all the events and important information parents need to know. The group has a strong presence on social media, with Toledo Moms pages on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.
In fact, Toledo Moms won the Toledo Parent “2020 Family Favorites” award in the categories Local Parent Facebook Group and Local Online Influencer.
Another “Family Favorites” winner was mommy blogger “Mom on the Go in Holy Toledo” (runner up in the Local Online Influencer category – www.momonthegoinholytoledo.com). This site is full of places around the region made for family fun.
Apps for easy contact
Apps cover everything from conceiving and pregnancy to parenting and child rearing. Often, they provide regular emails with a variety of information, based on your child’s age. Many offer local and regional connections for resources, products, events and groups. (Reminder: For many apps, you’ll need to request that the site does not sell your personal information).
Peanut peanut-app.io is a social network for women throughout all stages of motherhood. Stories, connections and support about everything from pregnancy (questions for doctors, etc.), baby products and giveaways, as well as things no one told you. Parents can ask questions and start conversations. After downloading the app, do a simple search for Toledo to connect to other local parents.
(babycenter.com) provides everything you will need for all stages of parenting life – from getting pregnant to traversing the complicated domain during baby’s first year. Some cool things available here include a baby name generator, tracking your baby’s development through pregnancy, and localized groups (such as Ohio Moms). There is also a great deal of health information and reviews of baby products.
In addition to everything you need from conception and pregnancy through parenting, The Bump offers product information (and deals), a registry and local boards (including Toledo Babies).
Local websites and social media resources
HerHub & Mothers’ Center of Greater Toledo – A web-based resource for connecting local women, resources, businesses and organizations, HerHub (www.419herhub.org) also connects to a variety of mom and family groups. MOMentum / Mothers’ Center of Greater Toledo provides parenting support, community activities and playgroups, among many other services. The Mothers’ Center is on Facebook and online at www.motherscentertoledo.com. HerHub also mentions the MOMS Club of Perrysburg (on Facebook), the Old Orchard Family Group (on Instagram) and the Ottawa Hills Moms Group (on Facebook).
MOPS (Mothers of Preschoolers) – mops.org – While they’re called Mothers of Preschoolers, they have expanded to include all ages of kids. They also partner with church communities and other organizations to expand their reach worldwide. You’ll find several in the Toledo area.