Mom-mentum provides our members with access to Group Discussion Guides meant to encourage reflection, conversation and personal growth. Our unique discussion guides provide our members with an outline to cultivate safe, non-judgmental conversations encouraging mothers to grow their confidence. Every guide is organized by a specific topics, includes icebreakers and is meant to be guided by our group agreements (to help conversations stay judgment-free and authentic).
Today, Christine Farrugia (Mom-mentum’s Group Development Manager who has worked tirelessly editing and proofing every single one of our 40-years-worth of archived guides) has put together the following lists of 5 of her all-time favorite guides. If you are looking for some good discussion guides to use to spark conversation amongst mothers in your group, these are SURE to be a great place to start!
Christine’s Top 5 Discussion Guide Recommendations
1. Coping with Stress
Guide Overview: This guide gives participants the opportunity to explore the stress level in their lives, their stressors and effective strategies and techniques for coping with stress. The discussion can help mothers to gain insight into their own stress triggers and find methods to reduce stress.
Closing Reflection: “There are only two times a mother feels stressed — day and night.”
2. Teaching Children by Example
Guide Overview: This guide gives participants an opportunity to explore their idea of the example they want to set for their children and the fears they may need to face in order to make that happen.
Closing Reflection: “Courage is resistance to fear, mastery of fear, not absence of fear.” ~ Mark Twain
3. Mothers as Daughters
Guide Overview: This guide gives participants the opportunity to explore the relationship with their own mother and how that relationship may impact how they mother their own children.
Closing Reflection: “A mother is she who can take the place of all others, but whose place no one else can take.” ~ Cardinal Mermillod
4. Knowing and Getting What You Want and Need
Guide Overview: This guide allows participants to explore how to identify the needs and wants that help lead to happiness and contentment. This discussion also offers the opportunity to share best practices and strategies to achieve wants and needs.
Closing Reflection: “You’re not going to get what you want or need unless you ask for it. Ask and be prepared to get it.”
5. Self Esteem to Love Yourself
Guide Overview: This guide gives mothers the opportunity to reflect on their overall subjective, emotional evaluation of self worth and on some powerful life moments.
Closing Reflection: “It is not what you are that holds you back, it is what you think you are not.”
These are only a few samplings of the diverse topics of the guides residing in our database to spark conversations among mothers. If you are a Mom-mentum member, access these guides by logging in and visiting our discussion guide database on the member dashboard our website. Not a Mom-mentum member? Learn more here about membership options and how you can get involved!
Leave a Comment: Not every guide is for every group. Which one(s) above spark your interest the most to further explore? What discussion guides are your favorite within our database? Let us know and we’ll share it with others!
Christine Farrugia is a native Long Islander and (along with her husband) keeps very busy raising 4 children. She has a Bachelor of Arts in English and Journalism and a Master of Library Science. Beyond working as Mom-mentum’s Group Development Manager, Christine is also a librarian and facilitates Mothers’ Center Groups within library settings. Helping people—especially children—and her community is a priority which she addresses by serving as a Girl Scout leader, Cub Scout leader, religious education teacher and as President of the Parent Teacher Association at her children’s school.