“Growing with Extended Family”

March 19, 2010 at 2:25 am Leave a comment

Our meeting yesterday was laid back.  We didn’t have a craft or speaker, therefore we didn’t have to keep an eye on the clock for time to do those things.  Now, don’t get me wrong, we didn’t just sit around and stare at each other.  On the contrary, we had two full hours of talking and eating, organizing our next special event*, gleaning wisdom from our Mentor Mom, discussing the MOPS International curriculum DVD about our extended families, and a quick St. Patrick’s day quiz for a festive prize (shamrock socks).

The DVD session we focused on was titled “Growing with Extended Family.” For most women it is acknowledged that the relationship with “daddy” will change when baby comes along, albeit the extent of that change won’t be understood until later.  Nonetheless, many of us moms really don’t think about the change baby will bring to the extended family members other than title change.  Our video session featured three women:  grandma/mom, daughter, and daughter-in-law.  They provided insight into a Christmas celebration when the whole family visited the daughter, her husband and their brand new baby girl.  As you may have assumed, all three women had very different views of the time they spent together, but they all learned something from the experience that benefited everyone in the family.  Here are the questions we discussed at our tables after the video:

1) Have there been any changes in your extended family relationships since you became a mother?

2) What advice would you give a new mom about extended family relationships?

3) Are there “bad choices” that you have learned from with regards to your extended family?

4) What do you really want from the relationships with your extended family?

If you didn’t make it to the meeting, take some time to think about these questions and apply them to your family.

*Special Event- Movie Night!  Watching “The Blind Side” at GG’s mother-in-law’s house. Proposed dates:  April 8th, 13th, or 19th.  Confirmed details will be posted once finalized.

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We are currently on summer break. We will begin the 2012-2013 year at our next meeting on Wednesday, August 15th at Grace Fellowship Church from 9:30-11:30AM. Check out our Calendar page for more details and special events. Please do not forget to RSVP for childcare! Contact Martha by phone, (706) 769-4001, or e-mail, mcahoon@graceathens.com. Looking forward to seeing you there!
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