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Stay-at-Home Moms Find Common Bonds

When Michelle Woodward and her family moved to Stamford from Boston two years ago, she decided to give up her career and take on the full-time job of stay-at-home mom. Like millions of stay-at-home mothers, however, she learned some things she hadn't expected.

"It was difficult to make new friends, and I felt isolated being at home all day," says Woodward, the mother of Dylan, 2½, and Brady, 5 months. Michelle's husband Jason works for UBS in Stamford.

A remedy for Michelle's loneliness came by way of an invitation from neighbor Regan Allan to become a member of MOM's Club , a support organization created for mothers who choose to stay at home to raise their children.

Stamford has four chapters, each with 10 to 30 moms, some of whom work from home, work part time or have no outside job.

Each chapter offers social interaction for kids and mothers, a book club and what is happily called "Sanity Hour" during which moms can relax with a cup of coffee and talk to another adult.

Events and activities are added to the schedule, including a movie night, a holiday party and a toy drive to benefit St. Luke's LifeWorks .

Michelle is now administrative vice president of the Stamford-East Chapter of MOM's Club and actively recruits new stay-at-home mothers to become members. If you or anyone you know would like to learn more about MOM's Club, contact Michelle directly at www.stamfordmoms.org .

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