Best Networking for Overstressed Moms - 2001
Experience is what inspired local stay-at-home mom Julia White to start Matching Moms. Faced with a feeling of isolation as a new mother in a neighborhood where she knew no other mothers with children, she realized how important it is to hook up with someone nearby for a combination of adult support and children's play opportunities. The resulting free Web site accepts and posts profiles that Web-surfers can then browse in search of a neighbor with whom they just might hit it off. Safety in making such decisions is stressed, and early communication between posters is purposely anonymous, though it's ultimately up to the mothers whether or not they actually meet. Think of it as a newfangled sort of dating service -- not such a bad thing when you need someone to lean on.