Did you know that there are over 700 active members in theCityMoms? Impressive, right? We figured it was time to get to know one another. Sure, we meet each other at events or recognize names from social media, but we want to dig a little deeper. Each month we will highlight a member of theCityMoms community. Yes, it will take some time to introduce everyone, but it will be worth the wait!
Jeanine Bobenmoyer is many things, but STILL is definitely not one of them. It’s a very good thing that she doesn’t require much sleep because who has time for that with her schedule? You most likely know her as the Chief Mom Officer and Co-Founder of theCityMoms, but her resume goes on for days as does her indomitable spirit. Is it obvious that I am a huge fan of hers? Believe me, she is worthy.
In addition to co-founding theCityMoms four years ago, Jeanine acts as the Digital Editor for Indy’s Child magazine, is a contributing writer for Visit Hamilton County, serves as a board member for the Peewinkle Puppet Studios, and recently retired from her side gig at Anthropologie. And when she’s not busy doing all of that, she returns to her starring role as mom to Hunter, 8, and Emerson, 5; wife to advertising executive Brad; and new homeowner undertaking a massive renovation. Like I said, thank goodness she requires very little sleep.
When I first met Jeanine at a theCityMoms event shortly after I joined the group I was immediately struck by the fact that she introduced herself to me and already knew me by name. It was such a simple but meaningful gesture, and dispelled all of my fears about mom groups and how I would fit in. I am guessing that many of you had a similar experience. You see the common thread in all of Jeanine’s personal and professional endeavors is her natural gift of connecting to people and connecting people with one another. She personifies the phrase “people person”.
Jeanine began connecting people in high school when she and her friends founded clubs and got involved in community outreach. This passion continued during her time at the University of Michigan (Go Blue!) and carried over to her professional life as a marketer and advertiser. Jeanine told me, “I love bringing people together.” And she has done just that with the creation of theCityMoms.
TheCityMoms was born out of a need for a support group for women that was accessible, supportive, and not hyper specific to a certain type of mom. Jeanine firmly believes that “moms learn from each other” and was determined to create a group that could provide this support for Indianapolis moms. Four years later, I think it’s safe to say that she was successful. The group is home to over 700 active members and has become the premier events and support group for the Indy community. Jeanine is a self-described open person and makes herself vulnerable and available to the group. She is proud to have created a group where “Moms are able to support and love each other despite their differences.”
When it comes to her own parenting style, Jeanine is an adventurous mom. She says she is not particularly crafty or Pinterest-y, but she likes teaching her kids through experience. She was raised by a single mother who likely out of necessity taught Jeanine the value of adventure and finding experience in everyday life, such as “free smells” at the market. So, Jeanine is super mom by day, and at night when everyone else is sleeping, she gets to work.
Being the good sport that she is, Jeanine didn’t mind answering the five questions all of our “Moms of the Month” will be asked:
1. What five items would you bring to a desert island?
The entire Led Zeppelin repertoire; a lifetime supply of Starbucks Chai; my husband; my children; a vat of Northern Michigan wine
2. What song are you listening to on repeat?
“Thorn in My Pride” on Southern Album by The Black Crowes
3. What are you reading right now?
I just finished The Husband’s Secret by Liane Moriarty, and “Into Thin Air” by Jon Krakauer is on my nightstand
4. What is your biggest guilty pleasure?
I binge watch TV. Lately I have indulged in “Making a Murderer” and “Younger”
5. What is your fondest recent mom memory?
I found a video on my phone from Emerson. It was long, and I thought she wasn’t aware that it was in video mode until she looked at the camera and said ‘I love you, Mom. I love you, Dad’. I melted. She is my heart.
So when she isn’t making the rest of us with just one job look lazy, she can be found running the trails at Fort Ben or representing theCityMoms at the latest and greatest event in Indy, or maybe, on a rare quiet night, you can find her at home pouring over her stash of interior design books. In the future, Jeanine would love to see a chapter of theCityMoms in every city, but for now she is happy if she is able to impact just a few lives and make the journey of parenting just a little bit easier.
Tune in next month to see which theCityMoms member Jeanine thinks you should know…
Creative Media Editor
A recent transplant to the Midwest, Megan still gets excited by the first snow flurries of the season. Although her husband’s job as a private school administrator brought them to the area, Megan feels more at home in Indy every day. While she isn’t chasing after her two children or working her day job as a social worker, Megan enjoys drinking craft beer, photography, playing soccer, and fantasizing about all of the Pinterest projects she will one day complete