Love them? Hate them?
Pre little bear I was excited at the though of taking him to a playgroup to explore new toys whilst I encouraged his independence by having a cup of tea and a catch up with friends…nice try day dreaming mummy!
The truth is, we only go to one playgroup because largely I can not stand them!!
We turn up to the same lovely group each week and little bear has a wonderful time…usually playing with toys he has at home but nevermind. I however, just find it a bit awkward. The other parents are all lovely but lots seem to know each other so there is a cliquey school feel sometimes. And then there are the parents who have no idea what their little delights are upto…toy snatching, weeing in bushes, you get the idea. Then there’s the awkwardness when a child you don’t know talks to you and you have absolutely no idea what they are saying. Who knew it was such a minefield out there?! And as for the squabbles over squash and biscuits, both of which I refuse to let little bear have, well, it’s like a war zone amongst the custard creams.
Then the end comes. We’ve tidied up most of it, we’ve sung some songs, next week’s theme has been announced -hibernation, incase you wondered – and it’s time to go. There’s still some tidying to do. Should we stay? But we aren’t in the clique…Should we go? We can’t leave first though…
A minute of loitering, a token tidying gesture, and we’re out of the door…phew! Just need a week to prepare myself again now.
The Day Dreaming Mummy