The Pros and Cons of Toddler Groups

Kids playing in woods

Shortly after bringing our girls home from hospital after their extended stay due to being born early, I started to look into local baby and toddler groups. There seemed to be quite a few of them around, but it would be another 7 months before I managed to pluck up the courage to actually go to one. I was nervous about being on my own with our twins in a room surrounded by other mums and their children. I thought up all sorts of things to worry about. What if no-one talks to me? What if no-one likes me? What… [Read More]

Girls Night Out

I wrote a post not long ago which was a little update on the play dates I’ve been having. If you haven’t read that post you can find it here. In short the play dates have been going well. I’m so glad that we ditched play group in favour of them and I think R and M are pretty pleased about that too. Both girls have become so much more confident in playing with other children and also in leaving my side to play with them. This is a massive change as usually the girls stick to my side like… [Read More]

Bye bye play group! Hello play date!

A little while ago I wrote about how I felt lonely at one particular play group. We go to a few groups over the course of the week. Since my last post I have had two ‘play dates’ with another mum in our homes. We both went to the play group mentioned above, but both found it busy and it lacked toys for children to play with. I took a brave step and asked her if she wanted to skip play group the following week and come over mine. She agreed! I kind of felt bad to start with. Almost as… [Read More]

Competitive Parenting: Are you just as guilty?

Parenting has changed a lot over the last decade. Firm discipline has been replaced with gentle parenting and children are less likely to be found playing in the street and more likely to be found in front of a games console. This leads me to ask the question, has parenting become one big competition? There was a time before the internet existed in which communities would come together to help raise and look out for one another’s children. The sound of laughter and fun would fill the air! Children would play freely in the street and mothers would help each… [Read More]

Is it irresponsible to take your child to play group when they're ill?

Undoubtedly, the first time you ever take your baby to a mum and baby group the chances of them catching a cold are probably quite high. I remember the first time I took the girls to baby, a few days later they had both caught colds and from then on every other month they would have runny noses or coughs or both. It didn’t stop me from going to baby group, but I always made sure I was extra careful about ensuring they didn’t put any toys in their mouths.  I was wondering what your views were when it comes to going to… [Read More]

Blast from the past

It occured to me the other way that I have a number of favourite posts from months and months ago that haven’t been read much lately. I do have blog archive widget to the left of this post in the side where these posts among others can be found, but not many people appear to look at it. For this reason I thought I would share with you my favourite posts from the past. Enjoy!A Day in the Life of a Twin MumI Survived Baby Group!But will they think I can’t cope?The return to workHappy Birthday! Our twins are 1… [Read More]

Finding Mummy Friends (continued)

I wrote a post (click here to view) a while ago about how to make friends with other mums. I explained how I found it diffcult to find someone to chat with at baby group each week because most of the mums already knew each other. I would say hello and have a brief chat with a few people, but nothing of any consequence.  Well, that has changed! Two ladies arrived at baby group one day who had never been before and we started chatting. I got on well with both, but one in particular, who we’ll call K. K has… [Read More]

Finding Mummy Friends

Before our twins were born I didn’t have many friends outside of work. I have my twin sister which is great but friends from school have all moved away or had families of their own and were too busy or too far away to socialise. Now that our twins are here and they’re almost 16 months old, I would love to have some mummy friends that I can meet in the park or just go places with or simply pop round for a cuppa whilst the babies play. I wonder though how do you go about making mummy friends when… [Read More]

A busy week!

Following on from my ‘Can a routine be flexible post’ I thought I would write a little update. I mentioned in that post that I would be taking the girls to the Techniquest Toddler Day. Well, we didn’t manage to go, however we did manage to fill our days with some other activities. I work Mondays and Tuesdays so I like to take full advantage of the rest of the week and try to get out and do things and go places that I think the girls will enjoy. On Wednesday we went to soft play (post all about that… [Read More]

First Trip to Soft Play

I’ve wanted to take the girls to soft play for some time now but unfortunately the local leisure center changed the time of their soft play session from the morning to the afternoon which meant we couldn’t go as it’s during our girls nap time. It took me a little while of searching online but I managed to find another soft play center about a 10 minute drive from us. So today we ventured into the world of soft play! They opened at 10am which is perfect for us as I gave the girls a snack at 9.30am and then… [Read More]