Members of the Scripps Ranch/Poway Mamas Facebook group enjoy a moms’ paint night. (photo courtesy of Tabatha Kraft)

Local mom's group arranges playdates

By John Gregory

It’s no secret that local mothers take advantage of social media to share information of all sorts. One of the groups that has grown rapidly merely from a social media presence is called Scripps Ranch/Poway Mamas, and its purpose is connecting local mothers.

Tabatha Kraft, the founder and administrator, created the Facebook group shortly after moving to San Diego from Boston.

She described the purpose of the Scripps Ranch/Poway Mamas as a way “to get other moms together, to get our children together and to make new friends and get out and do things in Scripps Ranch, Poway and San Diego.”

Kraft’s use of social media is a classic example of how a tool such as Facebook can be used to begin a grassroots organization that connects people with similar interests who might otherwise have never met.

“I had started a similar group in Boston, which is where we moved from, and that’s how I met one of my greatest friends,” she explained. “So, I thought it can’t hurt to start one here, too. It’s been pretty great. It started out small … It’s growing very rapidly.”

Kraft said she started the group in August 2016 and now it has more than 1,000 members.  

Members of the group create their own events, like playdates, and post them on the group’s Facebook page. For example, if a member of the group is taking her kids to a park at 4 p.m., they post it and invite other members.

Likewise, if there is an event, such as a concert in the park, that some are considering attending, members of the group post it, inviting others. 

Kraft is a mother of three young daughters, ages five years, two years and nine months. She said her family has been lucky because the street on which they reside is full of friendly people, but the Facebook group she started has also helped her family acclimate to their surroundings socially.

Kraft said she also created a small offshoot group which is a healthy eating group for moms in Scripps Ranch and Poway. One of the mothers is a fitness coach, so the group once set up an event called “Muffins and Mimosas.” About 30 mothers attended the event in which they participated in an exercise class. Afterward they enjoyed muffins and mimosas and socialized, Kraft said. She added that she met two women from this group who have since become very close friends of hers.

Any local mothers who want to join the mothers’ group or learn more may simply search the Scripps Ranch/Poway Mamas on Facebook and submit a request to join. Kraft said she usually responds by sending a private message to those requesting membership, so she can make sure they are local and that they are mothers with children. Kraft said she does her best to make sure it’s as safe as possible because, after all, they list where they are going to meet, and they take their children.

Local mothers wishing to join the Scripps Ranch/Poway Mamas can find the group on Facebook by using this shortcut: bit.ly/2ulzY0E.

Local mom's group arranges playdates

It’s no secret that local mothers take advantage of social media to share information of all sorts. One of the groups that has grown rapidly merely from a social media presence is called Scripps Ranch/Poway Mamas, and its purpose is connecting local mothers.

Tabatha Kraft, the founder and administrator, created the Facebook group shortly after moving to San Diego from Boston.

She described the purpose of the Scripps Ranch/Poway Mamas as a way “to get other moms together, to get our children together and to make new friends and get out and do things in Scripps Ranch, Poway and San Diego.”

Kraft’s use of social media is a classic example of how a tool such as Facebook can be used to begin a grassroots organization that connects people with similar interests who might otherwise have never met.

“I had started a similar group in Boston, which is where we moved from, and that’s how I met one of my greatest friends,” she explained. “So, I thought it can’t hurt to start one here, too. It’s been pretty great. It started out small … It’s growing very rapidly.”

Kraft said she started the group in August 2016 and now it has more than 1,000 members.  

Members of the group create their own events, like playdates, and post them on the group’s Facebook page. For example, if a member of the group is taking her kids to a park at 4 p.m., they post it and invite other members.

Likewise, if there is an event, such as a concert in the park, that some are considering attending, members of the group post it, inviting others. 

Kraft is a mother of three young daughters, ages five years, two years and nine months. She said her family has been lucky because the street on which they reside is full of friendly people, but the Facebook group she started has also helped her family acclimate to their surroundings socially.

Kraft said she also created a small offshoot group which is a healthy eating group for moms in Scripps Ranch and Poway. One of the mothers is a fitness coach, so the group once set up an event called “Muffins and Mimosas.” About 30 mothers attended the event in which they participated in an exercise class. Afterward they enjoyed muffins and mimosas and socialized, Kraft said. She added that she met two women from this group who have since become very close friends of hers.

Any local mothers who want to join the mothers’ group or learn more may simply search the Scripps Ranch/Poway Mamas on Facebook and submit a request to join. Kraft said she usually responds by sending a private message to those requesting membership, so she can make sure they are local and that they are mothers with children. Kraft said she does her best to make sure it’s as safe as possible because, after all, they list where they are going to meet, and they take their children.

Local mothers wishing to join the Scripps Ranch/Poway Mamas can find the group on Facebook by using this shortcut: bit.ly/2ulzY0E.