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Group offers single parents, their kids activities, support

Posted April 17, 2011

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. Stacy Lamb 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.

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  • Solo Mom Apr 20, 2011

    Absolutely a group like this could be formed anywhere...Monkeyface, have you searched meetup for simliar groups in your area? If nothing is already in place, you could start one! I didn't start SPOT, but I'm sure glad I found it. I took over the group this past January when the previous organizer stepped down.

  • barbara661977 Apr 20, 2011

    When I was a single parent almost 28 years ago, Parents Without Parents (PWP), was very active in the triangle. The organization had activities for the children and the parent as well as activites for the parent only.

    Stacy, this group sounds like just what this area needs. I would think a group like this could be formed anywhere in the state.

  • MonkeyFace Apr 19, 2011

    sounds like a great group to be part of.. wish there was this kinda group near me

  • shall6 Apr 19, 2011

    Thanks Stacy!

    Sarah

  • Solo Mom Apr 18, 2011

    In response to the question about whether or not both parents can be members...yes, as long as both parents agree to it. Some situations are more agreeable than others, and we do our best to keep everyone happy.

  • AWOL Apr 18, 2011

    This sounds like a great group for single families. I am curious to know, however, if both divorced parents (mom and dad) are allowed to be apart of the same group, and therefore instill co-parenting.