Tuesday, 5 January 2010

Meeting of super-Mums

Wouldn't it be nice to have somewhere to meet up with other mums on a regular basis, a place that you could dip in and out of when you can or when you fancy? 

The town I live in has a fabulous Baby and Toddler Cafe every Monday, with a bouncy castle and plenty more for the kids to be getting on with while we mums and dads relax a little with a cup of tea and cake.  I have also been fortunate enough to meet other super-Mums through a book club I sometimes go to (only sometimes because I rarely get round to reading the damned book) and I've recently joined a Knitting group that has an instant therapeutic effect on me.

Where do you go?

If you could have a group dedicated to other Mums like you, what would it consist of? What would you like to talk about? Would you want a place to go with your super-Children or are you seeking a child-free refuge just for you and others of your kind?  Do you hope to learn a new skill or would you prefer to just be ...?  Evening or daytime?

I'd be really interested to hear your views on this one.

Thanks x

6 comments:

  1. I am going to give this some thought and get back to you, but just wanted to reply now before I forget!

    I think it would be a great idea..... possible something for dads to go to as well, as they can be a bit overlooked I find in things that are organised for babies to attend. In that respect, something regular at the weekend could be best?

    I am reasonably new to this whole "bringing up baby" lark, and I have had lots of good and bad experiences of what is out there in terms of places to go and people to meet! I have lots of thoughts on this though, just not terribly coherent ones..... Perhaps we can talk about it over some knitting soon?!

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  2. Its lovely to be a mum and I have to say its the most rewarding work you can ever do both for you and your child.

    I remember every moment with my daughter with such gratitude and i know that meeting other wonderful parents and sharing experiences and just having a place to be yourself and have fun is a must, as this job is not a 9-5 job where you can close the door its your lifes work and with it comes the opportunity to face many triumphs and also many challenges.

    Ideally it would be lovely if weston had the facility where there was a cresh facility for the children with fully qualified staff to keep the children entertained split into age groups in accordance with size of course and could be set up as a charity and comunity funded organisation where the mums could also get involved in activities to raise funds for their coffee, biscuits, games, courses, get togethers and planned trips away with the children.

    I do know a place which offers this facility in another area of north somerset and it was with them that i was lucky enough to have the wonderful support of the other mums to begin my journey into the recording studio.

    I think that a well thought out structure could really enhance the lives of so many mums and open so many doors for them and i would be happy to assist as much as i can.

    It would be great to offer assertiveness training, first aid courses, massages for the mums, a game of charades, a cup of coffee or tea juice and play time even for an hour a week to break up your time and meet friends and share memories that will last your entire life.

    Love and light to you all.


    Crystal.


    ps.

    Feel free to visit my website and listen to BABY on the songs and compositions page, my daughter was the inspiration for that song, and a mums group made it possible for me to embark on the first steps to my now successful career.

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  3. I would LOVE a baby and toddler group, as well as a book club. Damn unorganised Belgians!

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  4. Thanks for your comments - we need to ask Mums what it is that they want/need so your input is much appreciated.

    Karen, your thought about the exclusion of Dads(albeit unintentional) is a valid one. So, weekend activities is well worth looking into.

    Crystal, I've been thinking along very similar lines re: skills sharing and relaxation. In fact, the possibilities are endless.

    Mwa, maybe you could organise something in Belgium? ;-)

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  5. Further to the idea of weekend activities, this also prevents the exclusion of working mums - I really felt the loss of the toddler group social circle when I went back to work. (Of course my range of adult company expanded considerably so I'm not complaining, but..) And as a single mum I often felt wary of intruding on others family time at weekends.

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  6. Great, thanks Fiona - it seems that a weekend get together would be popular. I've always shied away from setting up this sort of thing at those times for the very reason you cite and it's comforting to know that others feel the same.

    Let's do it! x

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