FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – A newly created playdate group aims to provide moms in the North Peace a way to connect with other moms and kids in a no-pressure group setting.
Having just moved to Fort St. John a month ago from Langley, Amy Crawford created the North Peace Moms Play Date Group on Facebook to meet new people.
“It’s hard to meet people when you’re pretty isolated, stuck at home most of the time,” said Crawford. “It’s awkward if you go to a park and your kids are playing, and they end up connecting with another kid, and you don’t want to be like, Oh, hey, do you want to connect on Facebook to the other moms. It’s kind of weird.”
Moms and their kids will be able to connect through meetings set up through the Facebook group. Crawford says, so far, they’ve had some park playdates and stroller walks around the city, but has some big plans for the future.
“I also want to work with local businesses to set up events for the moms and the kids such as farm visits or workshops and also have just a moms’ night out,” said Crawford.
The idea for the group came from a similar group she was a part of in Langley that had grown to 500 members, according to Crawford. After arriving in the Energetic City, the founder of the group encouraged Crawford to start her own.
“It’s really helping me get out of my comfort zone and with my social anxiety because it’s forcing me to actually put myself out there and do this. I didn’t think I ever would be able to, so it’s really helping my mental health as well.”
After creating the group last week, Crawford says over 200 people have joined, and the feedback has been nothing but positive. Crawford said this might be the first group of its kind in the region.
“From what I’ve been hearing from the other moms who have joined the group is that they haven’t heard of anything like this before.”
Any local mother looking to join the group can click here.
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