If you want to come to a meetup, but you're nervous or shy, please message me first. I'd be happy to get a coffee with you before a meetup so you know someone at the meetup when you go! Just remember, this is about meeting new friends and everyone at the meetup is there for the same reason! :-)
About the group
We are a positive group dedicated to getting you connected with other single parents in the Bellingham area, as well as introducing our children to new friends. Meet other single parents for support, activities and new friends! We want to celebrate the blessings that having children provides, as well as provide emotional support during the harder times. If you're a separated, divorced or never married parent, this group is for you! We will meet twice a month. Once with the little ones, and one for just the parents. In the summer, we will go to the parks and splash pads. In the winter, we will go to indoor places like Perch and Play. For the "Just the Parents" meetups, we will get coffee or a drink, go bowling or to a restaurant. Again, I'm open to ideas! I'd like to try to organize most of the events at free or very inexpensive places so everyone has the opportunity to go! I would like to have a brief discussion with the group at every meetup on a preset topic. Feel free to contribute to the conversation or just listen. After the discussion, I hope to interact with each of you and encourage you to do the same with others! I will do everything in my power to make sure every newcomer feels welcomed and connected to the group! My personal goal for starting this meetup is to make new friends and meet like minded people.
About the organiser
My name is Zach. I'm 27 years old. I was raised in a military family. I turned 10 years old on an airplane over the pacific ocean moving with my family to Japan. We spent 5 years there and moved to Utah. I moved from Utah to Bellingham when I was 20. When I was 21, my son Noah was born. I wasn't married nor have I been since. things didn't really go as planned and my son's mom and I split up. We didn't see eye to eye on many things, so unfortunately, we ended up in court, both fighting for custody of our son. We both spent a tremendous amount of money on attorneys and paralegals. Ultimately, the courts decided that my son would live with me full time. If you're going through a custody battle, I know exactly what you're going through, I feel your pain and I want to help get you through it. Come to one of the meetups, or message me on here if you want to discuss it privately.
Bigotry of any kind will not be tolerated.
Although we are a supportive group, I ask that you never speak negatively about your child's other parent around them. If you need advice or just want to vent, please save that for one of our "Just the Parents" meetups.
Please try to avoid topics like religion and politics at the meetups.