HMN has helped me find my tribe. As a new mother, I joined many moms groups and quickly found that they weren’t for me. As my ideals went against mainstream parenting, I found myself closing off and becoming silent in group settings out of fear of judgment. Then I found a local HMN chapter, which flipped everything I knew about moms groups upside down. I found a group that was welcoming and encouraging, that I could learn from and grow with.
HMN has always offered me hope. That’s it. I have been at different places on this holistic journey as a person and as a mother – and my needs and interests have changed as my family has grown in time and size. It’s very nice to grow at my own pace with a group whose interests, needs, advice, resources… continue to take a life of their own. The resources here and support are still endless.
Since joining the Holistic Moms group, I haven’t felt alone in any of my decisions, I feel confident in continuing my search for better options for my family. I have had great conversations and have made such great connections with other moms who are going through exactly the same parenting and health dilemmas as I am.
A HUGE Thank you to everyone who supported me and my family through my son's illness last week. It was such an amazing outpouring of support in so many ways and I am eternally grateful. This is an amazing group of women and I am honored to be a part of it and hope I can be as supportive as you have all been. Thanks!
Essex County, NJ Member
When I tried to go to a mom’s group run by a local kid’s gym, my first son was 3 months old. I left in tears. I did not want to learn how to leave my baby alone all night, how to get him to stop nursing, how to ‘control’ his ‘manipulation.’ I wanted to learn how to cook and nurse him at the same time. I wanted his cloth diapers to not leak. I wanted to help him use the potty. I wanted to develop our attachment 24/7. I had almost given up hope, when a friend who turned me on to homebirth years before told me she had found HMN in her small town. I called HMN that day. I went to meetings, made friends, attended playgroups, and formed a community of diverse parents who wanted to live holistically and honestly. We agreed on some things and not on others, but what was critical was that I had found my tribe. No one thought I was weird for wanting to make my own cleaning supplies; in fact, we had an entire meeting on it! No one thought I was weird for sleeping with my babies because we had no bedroom for them but our own! No one thought I was weird for wanting to talk for hours about which cloth diapers were truly the best and easiest. In HMN, I really found my people and it helped me gain confidence so that I did not feel defensive or ashamed to share my parenting choices when asked. As a person who is in the public eye, I don’t think I could have been this open about our lifestyle without HMN to help me through it all. I feel proud of my decisions and I know I make them because I choose to; not because someone else has told me to. I am not a “closet” holistic green person anymore; I am “out” thanks to HMN and proud of it!
Actress and Holistic Mom
Discovering the local Chapter when we relocated . . . was a blessing. I came to HMN at a time when I was in self-hibernation to restore my health and self; my Chapter has been an integral part of my journey emerging to wholeness. I found a likeminded vibrant community of families that offer their experience, wisdom, knowledge, support, humor, food, and love. Best of all, our children are growing up together immersed in this collective consciousness. Now if only we could all live in the same neighborhood, then we could truly have a village!
I cannot thank you enough for supporting me and my journey in motherhood. I feel so abundant and rich with friends, some I have never met yet, some I only know via email, yet I know I have found my tribe, a place to call home, a place to come home to after a busy day of work then tending to my family. Knowing I have HMN keeps me whole, keeps me connected. It ignites my spirit and helps me learn all the little things slowly but surely, like helping my home become non toxic, changing my toothpaste, or just knowing there are SO MANY like minded parents striving for fulfilling their children’s purpose in life. Thank you for all that you have done, do and will do.
Why I support HMN: My children are 25 and 26 years old and I am grateful for the many people who touched my own life as a younger mother. They had a profound impact on me and my family. HMN holds a space for connection, validation, support, fun, companionship, and education about SO many things. Most importantly HMN provides a space for the deepening of values and the continuing development of spirit. Consider making a donation to HMN now to keep HMN healthy and vibrant or maybe give a gift membership.... I’m imagining HMN will be high on your 'gratitude list' when you look back. Extend the cycle.
I spent 9 months homeless and displaced with my now 2 Yr old boy. During that time I made it to every meeting and even attended my first moms night out. This group has been my constant reminder of self care. I felt lost but this was one of my resources to keep myself grounded. What your members have done, including one of them letting us stay in her guest bedroom, ...well I doubt there's enough characters allotted for me to express my gratitude. We now have a stable place to live but keeping up on my bills is overwhelming. I have taken a second job and am slowly but surely on my way to where I desire. Thank you for listening and being a part of my journey.
Moms In Need Scholarship Recipient
What I’ve learned at Mothering is that we can write wonderful articles but if you don’t have a community of people to help you change and do things differently it isn’t as easy. Why we come to these conferences is to see each other. We come here to reassure ourselves that we are part of a community of like-minded people, so Holistic Moms Network is essential to natural parenting and natural parenting growth.