Stacy Lamb joined Single Parents of the Triangle for her daughter's sake. It turns out Lamb has gotten out as much from it as her child.
When Lamb divorced, her then four-year-old daughter worried that she would be the only kid in the world whose mommy and daddy didn't live together. Lamb came across the group, which is organized through Meetup.com, and took her daughter and infant son to the annual Christmas party in 2009. Group offers single parents, their kids activities, support
All it took was a simple gesture to help hook Lamb, who lives in Apex. One of the members offered to hold her son so she could eat something.
"I was so happy to be somewhere where somebody wanted to hold the baby so I could swallow some pizza," she said.
Today, Lamb is the group's organizer. The social group has nearly 200 members from across the Triangle and is geared toward single parents who are actively parenting their kids and have full or partial custody of them. Grandparents and foster parents also are welcome to join.
The group gets together for regular events from dinner at a Chick-fil-A; outings to bounce houses, parks and sporting events; or potlucks at members' homes. Most of the events are for both parents and kids, but the group also has occasional adults only events (though Lamb is quick to note this isn't a dating site).
Lamb said her daughter has found an instant network of friends and so has she.
"This is a group of people where everybody is in the same situation," she said. "We get it. Nobody is afraid to ask for that help. And nobody is afraid to give it."
If you're interested in learning more about the group, Lamb tells me that its upcoming Princess and Pirate Party at 11 a.m. May 7 (rain date May 21) at Jordan Lake is a great event for newcomers. There will be pirate-themed boat rides provided by Triangle Boat Tours, onshore games, prizes, crafts, food and more. People are invited to come in costume. The cost is $7 per person. Kids under 2 are admitted free. And the second child is admitted free. Hot dogs and hamburgers are provided, but party goers are asked to bring a side, snack or drink to pass.
For more information about the group and the event, check the website. Hear more from Lamb in the video. I'm also excited that Lamb will start writing monthly about being a single parent here on Go Ask Mom. Look for her on Wednesdays.