Having moved to a new area a few years ago and not knowing anyone it’s fair to say that my social circle now consists mainly of my children’s friend’s mums met through conversations in the school playground and shared sporting activities outside the school setting. But what about your children under school age and their social circle? And how to fill a day with your pre-school child and meet other mum’s, dad’s too?
It was suggested by one of the school mums that I could go to her playgroup run in the local church hall. Having tried one years earlier and found it highly religious (nothing wrong with religion but the one we had been to previously had been a little too much for me) and assuming they’d all be the same, I replied: “thank you, but I’m not into all that happy clappy religious stuff” to which the mum replied: “I’m Celia, the vicar’s wife”. If the ground could have swallowed me whole right there and then, I’d have been most grateful! Out of sheer embarrassment I went to the playgroup and I’m so glad I did. Yes it’s held in the church hall, yes they say a little prayer before they have their mid morning snack and yes there’s the odd children’s religious story book but there’s no “happy clappy stuff”. In fact it’s great fun. Plenty to occupy the youngest son Will who’s just 3 and a song time sing along (all nursery rhymes and not a hymn in sight) complete with musical instruments the children can play along with, this is Will’s favourite part and even a bubble machine right at the end which now that Tiggy is more alert seems to be her favourite. The picture above is of her watching the bubbles at playgroup this morning.
My favourite part is that for just a couple of hours per week I effectively have a 2 hour break from my toddler who is happy playing and busy making his own friends, luckily enough who will all be in his school nursery class when he starts in January so he’ll have some familiar faces when he starts school. I too have met some wonderful people that are living through the same stages of motherhood and have made me feel sane that the trials and tribulations I am experiencing with a toddler and a newborn really are quite the norm and Celia and I are now quite good friends!
In conclusion, if you’re in doubt about joining or attending a playgroup just go, you may like me be pleasantly surprised by the unexpected role of the playgroup.