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Local moms gather in community group

Joanna Hartman
Sierra Sun

Jason Kelley/Sierra SunSharon Wiley reads "Take a Walk With the Moon" to the children a the Tahoe Mothers' Club which she hosts at her home in Tahoe City.

Being a mom isn’t always easy, especially in a community that is spread around a lake and across mountains.

Sally Gardner formed the Tahoe Mothers’ Club to help overcome those challenges.

“The biggest reason [I started the club], is we’re spread out here in Tahoe. It’s a great way to network and feel part of the community. A perfect resource to start a new chapter of your life,” Gardner said.

She moved to Tahoe more than four years ago with a newborn and toddler in tow.

She didn’t know anyone, her neighbors were second homeowners and she felt isolated in the cold of winter. In May 2004 Gardner began the Tahoe Mothers’ Club in effort to alleviate the stress and anxiety that accompanies not only motherhood itself, but being a new mom in a new community.

The Tahoe City-based club offers a variety of programs and services from the lake to Truckee, including babysitting co-ops, play groups, newsletters, guest speakers and moms’ nights out. It brings together families and children, ages birth to 6 years, who might not otherwise meet. It’s about creating person-to-person support for the exhausted, overwhelmed or isolated mother.

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Amy Rosen, a mother of two boys and chiropractor, serves as the club’s president. She got involved when she started a play group and found that many of the moms were also involved in Tahoe Mothers’ Club. She attended a meeting on how to discipline children, and found a supportive network in the community of other local moms.

“When you first have a baby, you don’t know what to do,” Rosen said. “I can’t tell you how huge it is for moms to communicate with other moms ” just to keep your sanity. To talk with other adults. Not just at home watching the Wiggles or Barney.”

More than 100 mothers are part of the organization, and some travel from as far as Carson City, said Rosen. With five general meetings each year, and a plethora of family activities and play groups, for children or for the moms, Rosen and others have built a community of close-knit friends among like-minded Tahoe mothers.

“Whether they are enjoying time with their playgroup friends, networking via email or reading the monthly newsletter, the friendship and support of other moms is priceless,” Gardner said.

For more information on the programs, services and activities the Tahoe Mothers’ Club has to offer, or on how to become a member, check out the Web site at http://www.tahoemothersclub.org or call 470-1074.