MOMS Club of Mission Viejo activities are meant to be enjoyable and safe events for both parents and children. We respect different parenting styles and realize there is no one right way to raise children. We expect that all adults and children behave respectfully at MOMS Club events.
The purpose of our Code of Conduct is to establish guidelines for members at all MOMS Club events and when interacting with members (in person, emails and on social media). It is important that members have a common understanding of what behavior is expected to ensure the physical and emotional well being of our children and provide a supportive atmosphere for our members.
MOMS Club of Mission Viejo members have voted to accept the following guidelines as of December 7, 2016:
Mother and Child Sick Policy:
If you or your child has any signs of an illness that can be passed onto others, please keep them at home. If you must cancel an event you are hosting due to illness, please give as much notice as possible, and if possible seek out a substitute host.
Examples of symptoms when children or adults should refrain from attending MOMS Club events: fever (must be fever-free for 24 hours without medication), rash or hives, green or colored mucous, severe cough, sore throat, diarrhea or vomiting within last 24 hours, eye discharge, or any other communicable illness or disease.
Unacceptable behaviors include, but are not limited to: biting, hitting, destroying property, obscene or abusive language or gestures, inappropriate touching, or aggressive behavior.
It is expected that when a child engages in such behaviors it is the mother’s
responsibility to immediately correct the behavior or remove the child from the activity.
No member shall discipline a child other than her own. Common sense will be used
when applying these policies to a child under the age of two. Exceptions to these rules may be made for children with special needs, at the discretion of the Executive Board.
a) In the unfortunate event that the negative behaviors occur during MOMS Club
activities, the child should be removed from the area for an appropriate amount of time.
b) Afterwards, the mother will be expected to keep an especially diligent watch over the child to make sure the behavior does not continue.
c) If there is a second occurrence of the behavior, the member and child will leave the activity for the day.
d) If a child is consistently having behavioral problems that have warranted his/her
removal from several activities, the mother may be asked to refrain from attending
MOMS Club events until the behavior is under control.e) If a child is deemed a danger to themselves or other children on a continual basis, the
mother may be asked to leave the club.
Members must treat each other with courtesy and respect. No member shall use
obscene or abusive language directed toward any member of the Club or their children. There is no smoking allowed at any MOMS Club events. Please refrain from negative or demeaning comments about other members. We want to keep comments respectful and positive on all forms of communication, including MOMS Club emails and social media sites.
a) If an incident occurs where a member has a problem with another member or her child, the two moms agree to talk in person about the problem.
b) If the problem cannot be adequately resolved, the President or a member of the
Executive Board should be notified.
c) If there have been repeated incidents, the Executive Board will meet with the member to resolve the problem. A member may be asked to refrain from attending MOMS Club events until the problem is resolved.
d) If repeated attempts have been made and problems have not resolved, the member may be removed from the club (membership dues would be forfeited).
Respecting our Hosts:
We appreciate our hosts and the time they put into setting up their event. It is not the responsibility of the host to monitor adult or child behavior at their event. Hosts may do their best to make an event or location child-safe, but members are responsible for their own children at all times. MOMS Club events are for members only. Please be respectful when attending events at a member’s home. You may not invite guests to someone else’s home. Be respectful of their property and any house rules they may have.
MOMS Club of Mission Viejo has voted to be nut-free for all our potluck and shared food events where children are present. If you are bringing food to any MOMS Club event that will be shared with others, it must be nut-free. If possible, bringing the label of ingredients or food packaging would be appreciated. If you or your child has a food or other allergy, it is your responsibility to let other members know.
The use of our membership roster is for member contact and club business. The roster shall not be used for other purposes, such as personal, business, political or religious purposes.
Members may occasionally share event photos privately on our Meetup site. If a photo is posted of your child that you would prefer we remove, please let us know. We will ask permission before using a readily identifiable photo of you or your child on any public sites, such as Facebook or on Mission Viejo Patch.
MOMS Club Bylaws and Mission Viejo Executive Board Actions:
All MOMS Club of Mission Viejo members are asked to follow the guidelines as stated by the International MOMS Club Bylaws, which are available upon request and posted on the International MOMS Club website: www.momsclub.org.
The Executive Board reserves the right to contact MOMS Club International for advice in all matters. If a member is not following the Code of Conduct, the Board will take these actions:
First Offense – Verbal warning.
Second Offense – Written warning.
Third Offense – Executive Board may revoke a MOMS Club membership (dues forfeited).
Appeal Process – Members have the right to meet with the Board to state their case and ask to appeal.
*MOMS Club of Mission Viejo Code of Conduct will not be amended without member approval.
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