The 425 member (and growing!) Seacoast Mothers Association is an organization dedicated to connecting mothers in the greater Portsmouth, NH, area and Southern Maine. The group accepts members from the following towns:
Madbury, Lee, Durham, Dover,Epping, Newfields, Brentwood, Exeter, Stratham, Kensington, East Kingston, Kingston, Newton, Hampton, North Hampton, Hampton Falls, Seabrook, South Hampton, Newmarket, Raymond, Strafford, Nortwood, Nottingham, Newington, Rye, Greenland, Portsmouth, New Castle, Rochester, Somersworth, Rollinsford, Barrington, Fremont
Berwick, N. Berwick, S. Berwick, Elliot, Kittery, Kittery Point, York, York Harbor
From the Seacoast Mothers Association’s website:
” We are located in Portsmouth, NH and support the greater seacoast area. SMA seeks to facilitate and nurture an engaging and supportive community for greater Seacoast area moms and expectant moms. Our goals include connecting local moms with similar interests, providing a support network, and facilitating information sharing.
What SMA Offers:
SMA offers a variety of opportunities & benefits to its members including:
* Secure online community of local moms
* forum for asking for advice, sharing info, & socializing
* variety of playgroups, activity groups for moms & kids
* support programs like meals for moms
* book club, crafts clubs and special interest “sub-groups”
* social events, member outreach and buddy program
* annual family events (holiday party, summer picnic etc.)
* a friendly place to meet local moms online and in real life”
The Seacoast Mothers Association is a great resource for expectant and veteran mothers alike. I have been a members for four years, I joined when I was pregnant with my oldest son. Having grown up on the Seacoast I assumed that I knew all I needed to know about the opportunities available to young families om the Seacoast. Man, was I wrong. I have picked up a lot of useful tips along the way, like the great classes available at Junior Gym and Gymboree or the amazing open playtime everyday at the Seacoast United Arena in Hampton…I never knew these programs existed! Parenthood requires a whole new vocabulary, a whole new address book…and a whole new level of patience. The Seacoast Mothers Association can help with two of the three, and (as Meatloaf says) that ain’t bad.
I have found the Big Tent online forums to be an invaluable resource. From seeking out the closest open play space on a snowy winter’s day to gaining insight into preschool programs up and down the Seacoast this group of moms is willing to offer up their unique insight. Play groups, holiday parties, recipe swaps, and community service opportunities for parents and children are just a few highlights in the huge array of programs SMA offers.
Whether you are a new mom, and expectant mom, or a mom of multiples, if you live on the Seacoast and want to learn how to make the best of it this is the group for you. Check out the SMA website to learn about the membership process, programs offered, and more. See you on the boards.