The Highlands Mommies are not the only game in town. There are several other parents groups in and around Denver, some more formal than others. One of the most organized is the Stapleton Moms, a Yahoo group of 2,421 people started by Amanda Reed, a former Highlands Mommy who moved east.
A Highlands Mommy since way back in 2003, Reed moved to Stapleton in 2005 -- and immediately missed the camaraderie of the Mommies. So in 2006, she decided to start a mom-centric Yahoo group of her own. She had no trouble finding moms to join.
"There were quite a few other people from Highlands who have made the migration to Stapleton," says Reed, who has two kids ages eight and six. "It's a total migratory pattern."
Since then, the group has grown steadily. Like the Highlands Mommies, members of Stapleton Moms talk about all sorts of stuff: the quality of the local schools, their favorite local businesses, politics, play dates, whether babies should wear winter hats. Sometimes, Reed says, the chatter erupts into a full-scale debate. One recent example was when a medical marijuana dispensary decided to move into a space vacated by a coffee shop.
"It was really ugly," Reed says. "People were brutal to this woman, calling to have her personal information posted so they could call her and berate her. I had to step in there."
The Stapleton Moms is also capable of doing good, however. For example, Reed says, the Moms have rallied around the family of Laurie Gorham, the pregnant woman struck by an unknown driver at an intersection in Stapleton. "A lot of organizing stuff for that family, a lot of that took place on the Stapleton Moms board," she says.
Technologically, the Stapleton Moms lags behind the Highlands Mommies. The Moms are still a Yahoo group, while the Mommies have moved on to new-and-improved web platforms -- and will be rolling out an even newer one in early 2011. The Moms, however, are "unable to come to a consensus in the upgrading-platform department," Reed explains.
But the Moms has spawned a popular blog, also called Stapleton Moms and written by Mom Liz Easterly. Easterly, a former advertising writer and mom of two boys ages four and one, blogs several times a week -- often about hot topics on the Stapleton Moms listserv. She also has a few guest bloggers. Here's one of Easterly's posts:
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I know this is completely politically incorrect to say, and you might think I'm a horrible person after I say it, but here goes: My 4 1/2 year old makes me madder than, really, I can ever remember being. I feel like a cartoon character, with a red face and steam coming out of my ears and my heart throbbing in my ears.
She has several regular features, including "3 Perfect Hours," in which she describes activities to do in a certain location, such as Park Hill or Colorado Springs; and "That Stapleton Mom," which profiles Stapleton moms doing cool things.
Her most-read post of all time, however, is one called "How to Join Stapleton Moms Yahoo! Group." Why? "Until you're a mom, you don't realize it really does take a village," Easterly says. "As a mom, you need other moms."
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