We’ve had a few kids so we’ve been to our fair share of mothers’ groups and playgroups. I think as a parent we can be divided into two groups – mothers’ group/playgroup attendees and not. There’s quite often not an inbetween. You’re either in and are there week in week out with your little playful bundles – or you’re not, perfectly happy to do your own thing.
Some playgroups can get a bad wrap and are akin to watching animals in the wild – survival of the fittest. But for others, lifelong friendships can be formed (for both mother and child) and form an important part of a mother and child’s weekly routine. From our experience, here’s some of what we’ve found.
- Great opportunity for socialisation – for both mum and bub
They are really just a great reason to get out of the house! New mums can feel isolated with the onset of motherhood. Going from being surrounded by colleagues and friends to having a baby as your daily companion can be quite an adjustment and new mums can benefit from a dose of adult conversation.
- Sharing the motherhood journey with other mums
If you are a new mum or even on your second or third child, mothers’ groups allow you to share the highs and lows with other mums going through the same thing as you. You can share your sleepless nights, feeding cycles, growth spurts and milestones with other mums who feel the same joy and experience the same challenges that you do.
- Sleep will come quickly and easily!
The excitement, new toys and activity that come with a playgroup can take it out of your little one. You can head home knowing you may have a sacred couple of hours up your sleeve while bub slumbers.
- Affordable fun
Most playgroups may charge a small fee to cover costs, but it’s worth it. Often it may include some morning tea in return. When your kids grow up and you are forking out over $20 a pop for an hour’s entertainment at a skate rink/indoor playcentre/trampoline venue, a few bucks for playgroup will seem a bargin!
- Taking that first step
It’s not just kids on their first day of school that get nervous with the prospect of a new social situation. We mums get nervous too! Heading to a new playgroup or mothers’ group as the newbie can be a daunting task – but once you’ve done it, you may never look back!
- If you just don’t gel
Sometimes, a certain group of mothers just may not gel. You may find some groups have cemented friendships or you just don’t click with the mums in attendance. If this is the case, don’t give up – do some research and try a few out. You will be bound to find one that just clicks into place and you will be on your way to years of playgroup bliss, a happy child and lifelong friendships.