Whenever I have a tough day with my one kiddo, moms of multiples loom even more impressive in my mind. So I’m thrilled to introduce new guest contributor Heather, a fabulous Boston mama to a 4-year-old daughter and 8-month-old triplets. Among other things, Heather will offer content on parenting multiples; today, she writes on a terrific Massachusetts-based group that supports families of triplets+ across New England:
“I had never considered myself a 'support group' person, but when we discovered that we were expecting triplets, I felt a desperate need to communicate with other women who had been there, done that. There are many 'multiples' organizations available, and, after researching these groups, I felt that Triplets, Moms, and More was the right fit for us. I joined TMM and I can honestly say that it was the best decision. I was welcomed with open arms into this amazing group of families spanning diverse demographics (age, race, religion, socioeconomic, etc.) yet aligned by one important constant: we all have higher-order multiples (triplets or more). The support and advice I have received from my TMM friends over the past year has been priceless.
TMM is a Massachusetts-based support group for families and families-to-be of triplets, quads, and more. They are a multi-state support network, currently made up of several regional group locations throughout Massachusetts, with membership extending into New Hampshire, Connecticut, Rhode Island, and Maine.
TMM provides opportunities for families to address the unique aspects of parenting higher-order multiples. Recognizing that the stress of parenting multiples can be overwhelming at times, TMM provides support, encouragement, information, and real-life advice to women and their families throughout pregnancy and post delivery via their Strive for 35® mentor program. Support activities, primarily organized by region, include monthly Mom's Night Out, Dad's Night Out, playgroups, and seasonal gatherings for the whole family. They also publish a monthly newsletter, filled with personal stories, pictures, medical information, helpful advice, and more. An on-line discussion also is available exclusively to TMM members. Triplets, Moms, and More also facilitates the passing along of clothing, equipment, etc., when a family has outgrown them.
I will be forever indebted to this exceptional group of men and women, and hope that someday I will be able to give back to this group as much as I have gained.”