At a Glance
Founded July 4th, 2005 by Barb Parcell
Site Administrator(s): Crystal Champion & Starla Jahn
Area of Coverage: Peninsula Area of Hampton Roads, Virginia
Current Membership: 551
has the following
also has the following private support group(s) available to our members:
If you need help, you may contact the
PeninsulaMommies [dot] com
To provide a safe, secure, FREE place for
mothers to find support and encouragement from other mothers and to empower them
to be better women, parents and community leaders.
No one should have to pay a fee to make a
friend, so we offer free membership to any mother within the community who
wishes to join. Members gain camaraderie and support through an online forum
that is available 24 hours a day and events around the area where mothers can
meet face-to-face and develop real friendships that can last a lifetime.
We believe that, working together, mothers can change
the world - one family, one neighborhood, one community at a time. PeninsulaMommies is
a connecting force, helping us each to make a difference in our own lives,
in our families and in the places we call home.
PeninsulaMommies.com developed from Site Administrator Barb Parcell’s personal need to make local connections after moving to a new town eight months pregnant with her second child. She wanted a way to meet and get to know moms in her area and get their kids together for some informal playtime, as well as to share the experience of visiting local attractions such as parks and museums. After searching all of the local resources and finding only pay-for-membership and religious groups, groups with application forms and exclusive membership requirements and activities focused on one child, she turned to a website centered around getting people together to meet locally. Within three months, the group went from six moms to nearly forty and they outgrew the capabilities of the original site that had recently started charging for membership. She then found The Mommies Network, which was dedicated to helping groups like hers and offered all of the features that they needed – for free.
We chat online in a private forum - discussing
everything from the best photographers to the worst temper tantrums and all that
lies between - and meet-up regularly at member-driven events around town. Whether
it's a late night commiseration on a crying baby (there are 4 am posts to prove
it) or a Mom's Night Out, PeninsulaMommies provides what our members need, when and how they
But PeninsulaMommies is more than just a community of moms. It's moms
in and for the community. Our members work full time, stay home full time, work
part time, represent many races, are pregnant for the first time, are adoptive
moms, were adopted themselves, recently moved to the area, have lived here all
our lives, have twins, are happy with one, are single moms, are searching out
schools and have watched their kids graduate. In other words, we are a reflection
of mothers in the real world. And we help out our neighbors as much as ourselves
through organized fundraisers and other charity events - specifically those focused
on providing for mothers and their children.