Raiden turned a year old and I thought that by now I would feel more integrated in this whole parenting thing, but I rally don’t. At the same time I also feel like I have no social life. When I take the time to look into why I don’t have a social life I realize that it is because I don’t really have any friends who have kids. I am the oldest individual in my group of friends and because of that most of them are not ready for kids quite yet. Sadly for me this means that I cannot reach out to my current group of friends for parenting support and fun play dates for my son. I knew that what I needed to do was become involved with my local mommy community. This means I need to break free of my shell and throw myself out there head first without looking back.
The MommyCon Mommy Community
I decided that it was time that I join in with the MommyCon community. I love everything Xza has done with the conferences as well as the tight knit community she has created online as well as locally here in the Chicago area. Being a Parent Squad member (remember I recently wrote an UpSpring review for them) and a member of their MommyCon Insiders Blog Team I knew that I needed to really experience everything that comes with their community. That is why I attended MommyCon Chicago with my sister on March 4th; I wish I could have managed to go to the event for all three days, but it was impossible with all of the activities we already had planned.
I was in awe by the mommy community that I have begun to get involved with. The women working for MommyCon, the vendors, and the attendees were some of the nicest and sweetest people I have met in a long time. I actually felt at ease most of the time and that is saying something since I have social anxiety. I took much more away from the event than I ever expected to take from it. I didn’t just learn about parenting, but I learned that putting myself out there isn’t as scary as I thought it was going to be.
My Local Community
Thanks to MommyCon I was able to get in touch with a local mom’s group for the Chicago area called The Mommy Districts. I am so thankful to have met them because I now feel like I am not alone. I have women to talk with who are dealing with being a parent and all the craziness that comes with it. I only had two mommy friends before this so sometimes I felt very alone. I have been able to ask questions that I don’t feel safe asking on my personal Facebook page and get some great advice from some amazing women.
What I really love is that they have the area broken up into Districts so you can join the local district(s) and find or create events so that you can get some time out of the house with other momma’s (with or without the kiddos).
Are you considering going to MommyCon?
If you are considering going to MommyCon I highly recommend finding the MommyCon Facebook page for your local MommyCon. Starting talking with other local parents. I bet you they will have similar things to say about their events. MommyCon is meant to be a community based educational experience. Each person will take something different from it, but I guarantee that you will get something from the event.