March 13th, 2013

Why a Playgroup is Important for Kids and Parents

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A playgroup held my world together back when my three boys were babies. At one point I had three boys under the age of three. I didn’t plan for babies so close in age. Life just worked out that way and I wouldn’t change it for anything.

Looking back it was laughable. The piles of laundry, the dishes, the lack of  time for showering and general hygiene on my end. However, I will say those three boys were kept sparkly clean at all costs.

My job practicing law was on hold. Little did I know at the time it would be a permanent hold. I was home most days wishing for a parenting manual and trying to cope with a lot of testosterone. While I listened to the ‘goo’s’ and the ‘gahs’ my brain was craving something more.

Joining a playgroup

I don’t remember exactly how it all went down, but I ended up joining a playgroup with families that had kids around the same age as mine. We found a time and day that worked for everyone and met at a different house each week. Our playgroup was unique in that most of the kids had a younger sibling-so everyone had someone to hang with.

Our kids parallel played at first and then over the months actually began interacting with each other. While the kids were playing I had one eye and ear listening for crying or conflict and the other focused on listening to the wise words of the other mothers in the group. They were my saving grace. Filled with advice, support, humor and unconditional acceptance.

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The kids bonded at our weekly meet-ups

Yes, our children learned to socialize and share, but truthfully this once-a-week play date was as much for me as it was for them.

Playgroup gave me a reason to shower

Showering was way down on the priority list when my kids were babies. There were days when it just didn’t happen. On those playgroup days it was almost a sure thing. I craved feeling clean and somewhat like an adult. My Lululemon pants were so happy to get a break.

We met week after week and talked about everything under the sun. There was advice swapping, school tips and most of all time with fabulous friends.

The kids are all in 5th grade now with their younger siblings in third. They all go to the same school and continue to cross paths in classes and activities. Some have remained very close and others a bit more on the periphery. One thing that they will always have is a playgroup bond. These kids have known each other since they were essentially babies.

I know I’ll always have is a special connection to each and every mom from this amazing group. We still manage to get together occasionally-usually without kids-to catch-up on life and to swap stories about ways to navigate through the confusing school years.

“A true friend unbosoms freely, advises justly, assists readily, adventures boldly,takes all patiently,defends courageously, and continues a friend unchangeably” William Penn

Were you or are you in a playgroup? 

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3 Responses to “Why a Playgroup is Important for Kids and Parents”

  1. I didn’t join a playgroup, but I did join a MOMS club. I’ve also found support from a group of nursing moms that meets at the library every other week. It’s drop-in so I feel like there’s no commitment. You are absolutely right how important it is to be around other Moms.
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  2. A MOMS club sounds fantastic! I really needed to be around other moms going through the same things when my kids were babes. I still do. I also like the idea of a drop-in situation. No pressure!

  3. I was when my first was a baby, and it was a total lifesaver. I’m still friends with some of the women. But now my younger one (age 2) is in daycare a lot, and we don’t have a playgroup. Lately he’s home with me a few days per week and I find myself looking around wondering where/how to find friends (for him…and me). We really need to find a playgroup for Mondays or Thursdays. I find myself adrift with my son, not wanting to just drag him on errands but wishing we had a playgroup for him.
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