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I am working on starting a parenting center to provide support to new parents (not exclusively AP but very much about being educated and supported in being the best parent you can be.) I will be doing this in my area of town (Apple Valley most likely.) I also want it to be a place where mothers can give to each other based on their strengths and resources without having to leave their kids to do it. I have years of non-profit leadership background and believe that I can get grants to start it. I would love to have a drop in center which is completely baby/momma friendly where you could have a cup of nursing tea and receive the kind of support we receive around here on Mothering.<br><br>
So... do I have your interest yet?? Do you know any moms in Dakota County? Anyone you think I should talk to? Anyone have something to offer other parents? I would love to offer classes on babywearing, cloth diapering, having a doula, cosleeping. Using my background as a psychologist, I want to focus on providing support to mothers coping with PPD and doing couples work for people dealing with the impact of becoming parents on their relationships.<br><br>
So... if you have any interest... post or PM me. I am planning an informational meeting sometime in June.
 

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I think this is a WONDERFUL idea! I wish I lived closer so that I could be a part of it (we are in Winona). I definitely benefitted from having a community of supportive young mothers around...well, before we moved <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/greensad.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="greensad"> ...But, anyway I love having the opportunities to do this for others. Good luck with it.
 

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Great idea Maureen! I would love to come! And help if I can (lots going on right now....but would still like to help)<br><br>
LMK....<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/love.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="love">
 

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This sounds like SUCH a great idea! I'm just your average babywearing, CD'ing and co-sleeping Mama, but I would love to speak to new parents about my own personal experiences. I'm on the other side of the city, in Osseo (just under an hour away from AV). But I would love to vollunteer once a month or so to help you out. Let me know If there's anything I can do!
 

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Thanks for the offer... I will be taking you up on it, I promise.<br><br>
I sent in my articles of incorporation this week and as soon as they come back I can file federal charity status and start fund raising.<br><br>
I am planning on a monthly brainstorming meeting and fundraising drive so I will keep everyone posted. If nothing else, I would love some MDC mommas to come to the fundraiser I am planning for fall.
 

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Hey Maureen - I was just wondering if you plan to contact the local lll groups? I haven't been to a meeting since ds was a babe but I think I still have some contact names of the savage-prior lake group. One of the woman went on to start a lakeville group and I'm pretty sure there is also an apple valley group. Let me know if you want the contact names that I have and I can PM them to you.<br><br>
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That is certainly on the list... just not there yet. Thanks though. I will get back to you on that.<br><br>
I filed articles of incorporation last week, just waiting for it to be official and then I can file for charity status and start fundraising.<br><br>
Anyone wanting to help will be invited to a brainstorming session coming up in the next couple of weeks.<br><br>
Thanks to all.
 

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I'm game! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/love.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="love">
 

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Awesome idea! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/thumb.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="thumbs up"> Like Cherity, I also was in a supportive, AP environment after ds was born, and now that we've moved I realize how much of a difference that made. It's everything, especially to someone overwhelmed and looking for advice, support, information, etc.<br>
We hope to move to Minneapolis within the next year (could be a couple months, could be spring <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/upsidedown.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="upsidedown"> ) but in the meantime I'd love to attend any fundraisers or meetings that I could! I'll be in Minneapolis around the 21st. so let me know if you're planning anything for that weekend! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/orngbiggrin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="orange big grin"><br>
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As one of the leaders with the Apple Valley group, I can tell you that there would probably be interest here. Especially because of all of the ECFE cutbacks that have recently occurred. LMK when you're ready to spread the word.<br><br>
I'd also be willing to teach classes on CDing (5+ years experience), breastfeeding, the advantages of doulas/homebirth, you name it... <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/orngbiggrin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="orange big grin"><br><br>
I never did meet up with the South of the River MDC mamas who were getting together for playgroups earlier in the year. But the 'unofficial offshoot of LLL ov AV' playgroup is still thriving and meeting weekly at area parks. LMK if you'd like to meet up sometime.
 

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Checking in to see how everything is going. So excited!!! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/love.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="love">
 

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Subbing because I'm wondering how it's going.<br><br><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/greensad.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="greensad"> Too bad I live so far away though; otherwise I'd love to help.
 

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Checking in...<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lurk.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lurk">:
 

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Even though I'm not even bordering Wisconsin, I *love* this idea and am keenly interested in the process of your setting this up. I'd really like to do something like this locally for moms in my area. Realistically, I won't have the focus to do so for another year or more (pg w/ #2 right now and realize that transition will be a big one), but long term, it would be such a wonderful thing to organize something like this for local parents. Your background sounds uniquely suited - I wish I had the psychology & non-profit experience that you do!<br><br>
Best of luck, and please do keep us posted. I'm hoping to learn from your wisdom and experience. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/thumb.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="thumbs up">
 

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Thanks for all the interest in support.<br><br>
OK- long answer- here goes. The next step is to do a market research. Would you please read this and answer a few questions for me? I am almost ready to hold our first fund raising event.<br><br>
Imagine you arrive at The Parenting Oasis for the first time. You are greeted by a volunteer parent who gives you a tour. There is the coffee shop and play area with coffee, juice and healthy snacks for sale as well as free pregnancy or nursing tea for mommas. There are other parents talking, sharing stories. There are children climbing and crawling through a tot-friendly interactive play space. There is a resource center and lending library of parenting and baby services and references. One corner of the center houses the consignment shop where home made cloth diapers, baby clothes, soaps and natural toys are sold, made in home based local businesses. The sales support the center and offer quality products while creating new family businesses. There are multi-purpose meeting rooms where yoga classes, parenting support groups, AA meetings, and family budgeting classes are offered by Parenting Oasis volunteers. All classes offer the option of having parents keep their little ones with them or have them cared for on-site in the care center. In one office a licensed therapist assesses a mother for post partum depression and in another a case worker interviews a family in need to determine how to best help them adjust to being new parents. Every parent has both a chance to give and to receive at The Parenting Oasis. All parents have something to offer; resources, time, wisdom. And all parents have needs; needs for support, needs for understanding, a need for a hand. By being actively involved in creating this environment, parents take ownership in creating the support that they need; whether now or in the future. Membership dues can be paid either in cash or in hours donated or in some combination. This allows all members to fully participate. The Parenting Oasis embraces all parents and respects all families. We believe that the best way to take care of the children in our community is to tend to the needs of the people who love them.<br><br><br>
If The Parenting Oasis was open today, would you be interested?<br><br>
If it were 5 miles from you house, and operated like a coffee shop, how often would you come in?<br><br>
How much would you expect to spend (coffee, tea, snacks) on average each visit?<br><br>
Would you be willing to donate 5 hours a month during a time that worked for you, and you were encouraged to include your children in your volunteer time?<br><br>
Would you be willing to spend $50/year for a membership that offered some discounts on products and classes if that money supported the community?<br><br>
What aspect about The Parenting Oasis interests you the most?<br><br>
What would be your biggest worry about The Parenting Oasis?
 

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MsMo- this is great. i live in LA and we definately have this available although not all in one place.I've done mommy and me yoga twice weekly from 7 wks to about 22 months.Classes are $20 each ($180 for a 20 class pass).I always buy at least a water($2) maybe an organic cookie ($2.50).There are books on everything from Parenting to vegitarian cooking to Buddha ($15-25) clothing $15-85 etc.I've spent my share there.Just to give you an idea...i usually spend at least $10 each visit and more often$25 (if i have the $$) It'd be great to have such a program and pay a membership fee and lose some of the other fees. Hope this helps.The place i go is called Golden Bridge. It's basically a yoga studio but theyt are now opening a cafe,kids boutique,an osteopath office and have many classes on nusing, midwifery eyc. Hope this help. Hali
 

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What a fabulous thing, I wish I were nearer too!!<br><br>
I am an American recently moved to BC.<br><br>
I wanted to share what is here.<br><br>
In even very small towns (called villages) there are little government run "family resource centers".<br><br>
These centers include a variety of support services. Counseling, addiction treatment, moms groups, educational resources, community gardens and food prep,a loaning library, toy library, coat swaps etc.<br><br>
Ive noticed , depending upon the flavor of the community, they will vary in style. For example in more progressive communities, the support is more AP and waldorfy. The counseling can be top notch and so affordable. i recently heard $35.00 yr. for low income families<br><br>
But to know there are folks in the community taking responsibility to ensure families have not only needs met but lives enriched. Bless you for the good work you are doing. I know we are happy to dump our tax dollars into the bucket here, when I see these things for families. This kind of thing should recieve HUGE support.<br><br>
I am interested in the idea of what your model could provide for other women in other communities.<br><br>
I wish we could make it the rule in US communities, like here, rather than the exception.<br><br>
I have to vote No on charging even $50.00 per year. This could be a block/hurdle/limiting to those MOST in need.<br><br>
Let those who can afford expenseve cookies support the place.
 

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I'm not in your area but i just wanted to give you a<br><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/thumb.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="thumbs up"><br>
I'm so psyched for you to start this center!<br>
I have been dreaming of starting the same sort of thing in my area (Maine) but have no idea where to start or what to do.<br>
It's so important to educate parents on an alternative way of parenting especially with a pampers, formula, and "a baby story" saturated media.<br>
I cant wait to see how this develops for you...<br>
GOOD LUCK!<br>
*isis*
 

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msmomlps, your last post made me cry. i'm so excited for this and i want to be a part of it. i can help with the fudraiser too. did you get your non-profit status?<br><br><b>If The Parenting Oasis was open today, would you be interested?</b> yes!<br><br><b>If it were 5 miles from you house, and operated like a coffee shop, how often would you come in?</b> nearly everyday!<br><br><b>How much would you expect to spend (coffee, tea, snacks) on average each visit?</b> ugh, i'm a cheap skate :LOL if i came everyday, i'd probably bring my own water and snacks. i could see spending $10 a week though <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"><br><br><b>Would you be willing to donate 5 hours a month during a time that worked for you, and you were encouraged to include your children in your volunteer time?</b> yes! more hours even!!<br><br><b>Would you be willing to spend $50/year for a membership that offered some discounts on products and classes if that money supported the community?</b> yes!!<br><br><b>What aspect about The Parenting Oasis interests you the most?</b> um, EVERY PART!<br><br><b>What would be your biggest worry about The Parenting Oasis?</b> I have none
 
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