Mothers & More inspires moms to be their best

. November 1, 2013.
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Being a mom is one of the most difficult and the most rewarding jobs in the world— and Carrie Brodman loves every bit of it. Being the co-leader of Mothers & More and mother of a two-year-old daughter, Rebecca, Carrie has her hands full. When she’s not chasing her daughter around through the notorious “terrible twos” stage, Carrie is busy overseeing and organizing events geared towards supporting local mothers in their roles as family caregiver.

Local Chapter of National Organization

Mothers & More is a national non-profit organization with a Findlay chapter that attracts members in town and in the surrounding areas. The group’s main goal is to support and encourage women to be excellent mothers and contributing members of society.  Moms have monthly meetings where topics range from volunteering and fitness to financial literacy. “We try to discuss things that we think moms would benefit from,” Carrie says. “An important discussion topic is how to balance work and family.”
By coordinating different events, Carrie administers activities that appeal to the wide-ranging interests of the group, keeping mothers connected to the community. What Carrie calls the “highlight of the year” is the group’s event Power of the Purse, which honors Mother’s Day by supporting mothers facing economic hardship. With the idea that a purse symbolizes a women’s power to be financially capable, Mothers & More believes that a woman has “power in her purse.” This year, Carrie and other board members partnered with The University of Findlay to offer cooking classes for women at Hope House. “It was really amazing to see it come to life,” says Brodman.

The balance being a mom

While Carrie helps other women and friends juggle the many responsibilities that come with motherhood, she confides that it’s not always easy to find a balance between being a mom and other obligations. Carrie and her husband, Pete, left their daughter with a babysitter for the first time in July. Although she admits it was difficult, she understood that it was an important step for her family.

However, she emphasized that contrary to what some say, moms don’t need a break from their kids in order to stay sane. “A lot of times moms are told that we have to have that balance by taking a break from their child,” she says. “It doesn’t have to be that way. If you’re not ready to leave them, you don’t have to.”
She encourages mothers to seek out organizations to connect with people going through similar experiences. When Carrie found herself with a newborn baby and her immediate family two hours away, she decided she needed women close by to relate to. “Just think of all the hats that moms have to wear—from a nurse to a cook to a house cleaner,” she says. “If you think about it all at once, it’s overwhelming.” No matter the challenges, Carrie beams and relishes one of the most precious titles in the world: mother.

 

FUN FACTS

Family: Husband, Pete, and
daughter, Rebecca, 2
Grew up in: Versailles, Ohio
Favorite Part of Being a Mom: Watching my little girl learn
and grow each day.
Favorite Restaurant in
Findlay: Cheddar’s
Favorite Quote: “…If at first you don’t succeed, try, try, try again.” W. E. Hickson

Mothers & More meetings are held the second Wednesday of the month at First Presbyterian Church, Room 209. 7-8:30pm. 2330 S. Main St. Findlay. Contact Megan Melby, membership
director, for more information at
megmelby@gmail.com.
mothersandmorefindlay.org