In my business life, I’ve discovered the power of mastermind groups. When you have a group of individuals coming together to help one another, share advice, feedback, and guidance–it’s a sure formula for success.
Looking back at the early days of motherhood, I realize I had several groups I relied on for advice, guidance, and feedback on parenting. In the beginning, my masterminds were my parents and in-laws. Then I expanded to my circle of friends who had kids. From there, I participated in organized group meetings. I always looked forward to my Mother’s of Preschoolers group, for I found I wasn’t alone in trying to figure out how to handle those Five-Alarm Temper Tantrums that occurred in the most public of places. Having a safe place to confess my less-than-stellar parenting mishaps was a wonderful outlet for the occasional parenting stress that built up.
I found some of my most valuable advice from mothers who were parenting with very different styles and raising their children in ways I hadn’t even thought of. They challenged me to step out of the status quo and figure out the best ways to parent my kids without following the crowd. That’s the value of a true mastermind-type group; you will have a variety of people to draw advice and wisdom from. It’s one thing to have cheerleaders who push you along–it’s another to have those who will help you go deeper into your thoughts and actions.
So what exactly is a Mommy Mastermind Group?
For starters, let’s take a look at what a mastermind group is. The Success Alliance defines a mastermind group as:
Mastermind groups offer a combination of brainstorming, education, peer accountability and support in a group setting to sharpen your business and personal skills. A mastermind group helps you and your mastermind group members achieve success.
So let’s change it to:
A Mommy Mastermind group offers a combination of brainstorming, education, peer accountability and support in a group setting to sharpen your parenting skills so you can parent with confidence.
I was fortunate to have two neighbors with kids of similar ages. We met nearly every day and shared many conversations infused with parenting tips for each other. In many ways, it was a wonderful mastermind group without the formality behind it, yet it served all the functions of a mastermind: brainstorming, education, peer accountability, and support. I can’t imagine what my parenting skills would have been like without having this group of moms to lean on.
When my kids were diagnosed with hearing loss, I formed a nonprofit organization with several other parents. This became another mastermind group without even realizing it at the time. We held many Parent Connection meetings in which we masterminded together with other parents of deaf and hard of hearing kids.
So no matter where you are on the parenting journey, you can form a mastermind group at any time. The goal is a clear one: to help each other through the parenting challenges and triumphs with the tools and knowledge you need to succeed. You don’t have to be “qualified” or “credentialed” to start a group; you simply have to have the desire to learn and the willingness to put a group together. The beauty of a mastermind group is that everyone learns from each other.