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Fayette-Mom: Group helps moms find each other in Haymount

Posted August 14, 2014

Mommy & Me in Fayetteville's Haymount neighborhood

— When I had my first child 10 years ago, I struggled to find “mom friends." Even though I had lived in Fayetteville for several years, I’d spent years commuting to Raleigh every day for work, leaving little time to get to know my neighbors.

So it was more than intimidating to find myself suddenly spending my days in Fayetteville, not knowing anyone, and oh, by the way, I had to figure out how to take care of a newborn and learn this new job called mother.

It wasn’t pretty.

Now, it seems, such problems are things of the past. Social media opens doors and breaks down insecurities, providing moms many opportunities to find a community with which to bond.

Case in point: The Mommy & Me Club founded by the group Happenin’ in Haymount. With just two clicks on Facebook, a new person living in the Haymount area of Fayetteville can find a group of moms meeting for activities virtually every day of the week.

A look at their calendar for the month of August is astounding:  Play dates at the park, meet-ups at the bounce house place, Mommy & Me Potluck Brunches at various members’ homes. I’d be insanely jealous if I wasn’t so darned impressed.

The Mommy & Me Club started about two years ago, and co-chair Amelie Reindle says the benefits are for both parent and child.

“We want to give moms a chance to get out of the house, to meet friends, and we want to provide a way for kids to play with new friends on a regular basis.”

There are no membership dues, and Reindle is quick to point out that folks do not have to live in Haymount to participate.

“We see new people from different areas all the time, and we encourage anyone and everyone to join us," she said.

And don’t think it’s just for moms. Reindle’s husband also participates in group get-togethers, and she says dads are always welcome.

Goodness knows parenting can be lonely at times, and we could all use a friend to laugh with or a shoulder to cry on, especially in a city like Fayetteville, where newcomers can sometimes feel like outsiders (and yes, I could write a whole book on that subject. Ahem). I love the fact that groups like these exist.

For more information on the Mommy & Me club, go to Happenin’ in Haymount Facebook page. And spread the word!

Jennifer is a mom of two and WRAL-TV assignment editor in Fayetteville. Her food obsession memoir, “Designated Fat Girl,” came out in 2010. Read more about Jennifer and her book on her website. She writes about motherhood and family-friendly events in Fayetteville here on Go Ask Mom.



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  • justabumer Aug 17, 2014

    It's more difficult to "look for a positive future" when we are bombarded by reminders of a negative past. And that is the point I'm trying to make. Wouldn't the information which is presented here be just as valuable if the poster used a handle which offended no one?

  • sniper Aug 17, 2014

    Still focusing on the name eh? You can live in the negative past.. I'm looking for a positive future.

  • justabumer Aug 16, 2014

    Sniper, I agree that the information which is provided is of great value. My objection is with the choice of handle. I also feel sure that there was no intent to be offensive, but that doesn't change the fact that Fayetteville has long attempted to shed the "Fayette-Nam" moniker and the use of such a similar handle only serves to remind folks of the negative identification of our city. And my history with Fayetteville goes back close to seventy years so I'm not a newby.

  • sniper Aug 15, 2014

    JUSTABUMER Appropriate handle, or whatever it's called.

    As a resident of Fayetteville and with a long family history in this area, I am not offended. I find the articles helpful and show a positive light on the Fayetteville community. With all the negative news stories that come out of this area. And there's alot.. I'd think you'd appreciate one positive source of good news. How about focusing on that rather than a name.

  • justabumer Aug 15, 2014

    Using "Fayette-Mom" as a handle, or whatever it's called, is obviously a thinly veiled reference to an offensive nickname for Fayetteville. And this is offensive to those of us who live in Fayetteville.