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Toddler Groups: Heaven or Hell? 

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As a SAHM I sometimes feel that my children miss out.  If I went to work and them to nursery they would socialise more with children their own age.  They would play with different toys, eat different foods and learn how to interact with different kinds of people.

When Baby J was small I braved my first mother and baby group.  I remember feeling so nervous before I went but the people were so nice.  I made good friends and we keep in touch, but I stopped attending after getting pregnant again.  Hyperemesis and baby groups aren’t a good mix.

I’ve been beating myself up for a little while, thinking I should be taking them to some sort of group.  Especially Baby J, she is more than ready to make some more little friends and experience a new environment.

This week I bit the bullet and headed out to a toddler group that I could take both of them to.  It’s based at our local Methodist Church and is run by a lovely couple, who care so much about making sure all of the little ones have a great time.

Heading out with two under two by myself is never a straight forward task.  Looking after a stationary being in a room full of over excited toddlers, whilst having to chase my very own enthusiastic eighteen month old around is hard work!  It felt good to see Baby J having such a great time though, there were so many toys she didn’t know where to turn first!  The room was full of like minded mums and dads who are all in the same boat, suddenly things didn’t seem so difficult.

Sometimes baby and toddler groups get bad press.  The idea of cliques and gossiping parents make going seem so daunting.  I find that walking in with an open mind and a smile can make all the difference.  Chatting and drinking tea, creating allies in this parenting game was a real boost on an otherwise mundane Tuesday.  In the end I had a great morning, most importantly both of my two loved it.  For that reason alone we will definitely be heading back.

I hope that I am doing enough to make sure my children get enough socialisation and education in these early years.  I hope that when they start preschool they will feel confident and happy in their environment.  They learn so much during this time, I really want to get it right!


 

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99 Comments

  • Lydia C. Lee November 19, 2016 at 8:15 am

    I really loved my first one, and my second one was a bit weird, but still a few nice people. My third was gold but there were only 3 of us as everyone else got PND and didn’t come (which I actually blame the baby health care people for – I think they didn’t have enough classes to help those people feel welcome). But you know what, it all is what it is. I’m sure your kids will be fine, so whatever works for you…#Fortheloveofblog

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    • The Tale of Mummyhood November 19, 2016 at 1:07 pm

      It’s really not fair when don’t provide enough for everyone! Thankyou x

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  • alifeinpracticeblog.com November 19, 2016 at 4:15 pm

    I have tried lots of different groups and settled on three I attend regularly, two every week and the other when one friend in particular is available to go with me. I find the mum cliques can be intimdating, but once you actually put yourself out there and start talking to people they are actually quite inviting, it’s more of an appearance thing. I’m glad you had a good time, I definitely think they are just as important for mums to socialise as for the kids! x #fortheloveofblog

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    • The Tale of Mummyhood November 20, 2016 at 8:56 am

      So true, it’s all about being brave enough to strike up conversation! Thanks for stopping by x

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  • Helen @Talking_Mums November 19, 2016 at 7:39 pm

    Oops, not sure if my last comment posted?!?
    Thank you for this post. I’ve had the same thoughts about toddler groups. With my first I was very anxious, wondering what others would think of me and would they talk to me! I’m glad I went in the end as I made some great friends.

    With my second it took me ages to go to them purely because I needed to find the time and energy. Now my eldest is as school I’ve started to go to one. He loves it.

    I think children have other ways of socialising too though e.g. visiting relatives, eating out, shopping etc. So don’t worry if toddler groups aren’t a regular thing. Your kids will be just fine.

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    • The Tale of Mummyhood November 20, 2016 at 8:51 am

      Ah thankyou! Like you say finding the time and energy is the hardest thing! x

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  • gibbo1983 November 19, 2016 at 11:01 pm

    We also go to a church playgroup, i think its fab Max can run around and because its in a hall I can keep an eye on him while im on the mat with Kai. I try and make the effort to talk to people thou often the conversation is started by me. Baby groups are really good for kids, great for vocablary skills and learning to socialse with other children #fortheloveofblog

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    • The Tale of Mummyhood November 20, 2016 at 8:50 am

      It’s usually me that starts to conversation too but once I do it flows! Thanks for such a great comment x

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  • Kerry November 20, 2016 at 8:42 am

    I started going to playgroups when my daughter was 6 months old, and, like you, it was so daunting at first (I was going through horrendous postnatal anxiety at the time). However, it was the best thing I have ever done! The girls I met there are now actually some of my very best friends, and we are watching our kids grow up together (they’re all now nearing 3 years old). I would urge any first time mum to join her local playgroup, they can really be life savers, especially when you’re having a bad day. I am a SAHM too, and I often have the nursery guilt, but I’m over it now…I actually think that children learn everything they need to know from their parents in the first few years, including social skills. It’s only now that my daughter has shown an interest in actually playing with her friends anyway, before then they hardly ever mixed with eachother! She’ll be getting her free 15 childcare hours in April after she turns 3, which I think is the perfect time to start nursery! #KCACOLS

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    • The Tale of Mummyhood November 20, 2016 at 8:48 am

      What a great comment thankyou, reading this certainly put things into perspective a little. As you say we go to the group but she doesn’t actually play with other children! I totally agree though its good to get out, especially if you are having a tough time. Thanks so much for stopping by x

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  • Back With A Bump November 21, 2016 at 7:55 am

    I’m not a fan of baby groups but maybe because I’ve not found a decent one! Thanks for joining us for #marvmondays

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    • The Tale of Mummyhood November 21, 2016 at 1:56 pm

      I must admit I’ve had to try a few to get a good one! x

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  • Heather Keet November 21, 2016 at 9:14 am

    I think they’re usually a little mix of heaven and hell 😉 #bigpinklink

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    • The Tale of Mummyhood November 21, 2016 at 1:55 pm

      Haha, too true! x

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  • Laura Dove November 21, 2016 at 9:55 am

    I started at a playgroup when I had my youngest three, and with three under three I sympathise just how hard it is getting out of the house each day, let alone surviving a group. We did really enjoy it though and I made some great friends there. We don’t go as much now as we tend to do our own thing with friends, but it was a really good support during those difficult first years! #bigpinklink

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    • The Tale of Mummyhood November 21, 2016 at 1:54 pm

      Sometimes I think you feel better if you push yourself to go, but it is hard to get the drive sometimes. Having mummy friends definitely makes all the difference when they are little, especially in the wee, small hours when you are awake and you know they will be too! x

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  • Kat November 21, 2016 at 11:21 am

    I think it takes a lot of confidence to head into a group like this! I didn’t when Evie was young however there was a large amount of time we lived in a hostel full of other children so she’s never had a problem interacting with others. I’m not sure if I would go again to be honest if I have another but I do agree they get a lot of bad press when sometimes the groups are actually really lovely for everyone. Support networks are important, however you and the children find them! #MarvMondays

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    • The Tale of Mummyhood November 21, 2016 at 1:52 pm

      You are so right about support networks, mummy friends are key when you have little ones! Thanks for stopping by x

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  • Something About Baby November 21, 2016 at 11:51 am

    I loved going to baby groups, we had two that we did regularly and I have made some lovely friends from one of them. I’m not sure how I would do them again when we have no.2, especially if like you there was a small age gap. I’m lucky that with my first I went to these groups with a friend who had a baby the same time as me, so it was less daunting – I’m not sure how brave I would be doing it on my own!! Definitely great to get you out of the house though #MarvMondays

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    • The Tale of Mummyhood November 21, 2016 at 1:51 pm

      It definitely makes it more difficult with tow – I literally didn’t know which way to turn! Thanks for stopping by x

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  • Liane November 21, 2016 at 1:06 pm

    I’ve been to some groups when my oldest was a toddler where the people were lovely and then other groups where I literally sat there for an hour whilst talking to no one! It’s great when you find one where the other Mum’s are welcoming. Who knew that toddler groups could be so intimidating! #MarvMondays

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    • The Tale of Mummyhood November 21, 2016 at 1:50 pm

      I know what you mean, it’s so difficult when people aren’t welcoming! x

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  • oddhogg November 21, 2016 at 3:42 pm

    I am trying to pluck up the courage to go to a baby group but I’m terrified. I hate walking into a situation where it is already established and you’re the newbie. Piglet is already nearly 9 months old so I need to just bite the bullet and do it #marvmondays

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    • The Tale of Mummyhood November 21, 2016 at 4:43 pm

      I was exactly the same last week, I wasn’t going until about ten minutes before! I just togged them up and went before I changed my mind! Thanks for stopping by x

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  • Jade @ Captured By Jade November 21, 2016 at 5:38 pm

    It’s great that you’ve found a toddler/baby group that works for you – I think they can be very hit or miss and that’s why they get a bad rep. Unfortunately, my experience with toddler groups haven’t been that great, and the only group we consistently attended (until very recently actually) was one run in our local library. I didn’t feel particularly welcome at any of the groups, and given that I have social anxiety made it all the harder, but I still continued going for the sake of toddler and socialisation. We only recently stopped going to the library group, which also happened to be cliquey, as Alexander is a little too old for it now, and he will be starting preschool in January so I’m not too worried about it now.

    I feel like we’re all a little intimidated by toddler/baby groups – they can be very daunting – and like you say, going in with the right frame of mind probably helps greatly!

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    • The Tale of Mummyhood November 22, 2016 at 4:52 pm

      I agree, there have been groups that I have tried that have felt awful which I’ve never returned to. Thanks for commenting x

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  • twotinyhands November 21, 2016 at 7:43 pm

    That’s great news! I swear by them. We go to a few a week and he loves them. It took me a fair few months to feel like I had friends there though. Thanks for linking up to #fortheloveofblog

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    • The Tale of Mummyhood November 22, 2016 at 4:54 pm

      Ah it’s so good that you go to so many and enjoy them! x

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  • Laura November 21, 2016 at 8:23 pm

    I met a very good mum friend at a baby group 🙂

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    • The Tale of Mummyhood November 22, 2016 at 4:55 pm

      Really? Do tell!! I bet her kids are a nightmare though! Xx

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  • Winnettes November 21, 2016 at 8:24 pm

    I haven’t been to a toddler group for such a long time. I have always found them very daunting and struggle to find anyone to talk to. There was a lovely one I found but it ended up closing down not long after I started going, now there aren’t any local to me. I’m glad you enjoyed your time, it’s important to get out and try new things for your own sanity if nothing else.
    #BigPinkLink

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    • The Tale of Mummyhood November 22, 2016 at 4:57 pm

      It’s such a shame that you found a good one and it closed. So true about the sanity! x

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  • Amie Richards November 21, 2016 at 8:30 pm

    I feel like as a mother I’m far too needy to be without either of them whilst they go to playgroup for a few hours without me (lord knows how I’ll cope when they go to school haha) but we do attend quite a few stay and play sessions and Amelia goes to gymnastics too but I get what you mean.
    I often wonder whether she’s missing out and it would benefit her being without me for a bit #MarvMondays

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    • The Tale of Mummyhood November 22, 2016 at 4:56 pm

      Haha I know what you mean! x

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  • Devon Mama November 21, 2016 at 8:33 pm

    Well done on going! I think it’s very dependent on the people who go to each one – some I’ve been to have been lovely and warm and welcoming, others very cliquey! It’s funny hearing you say that you feel as a SAHM your kids miss out, I’m worried about the opposite; when I go back to work will he hate me sending him to nursery? Will he get the same level of attention and interaction? It’s weird how no matter what we chose to do we have our doubts and guilts about it! #marvmondays

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    • The Tale of Mummyhood November 22, 2016 at 4:50 pm

      Ah bless you, like you say it just goes to show that whichever way around we do it we will always have reservations and worries! Thanks for stopping by x

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  • Sarah Howe @runjumpscrap November 21, 2016 at 8:54 pm

    Good on you hun. I think they are good. You get a cuppa and a chat and the littlies are entertained. Really good for them too! xx #marvmondays

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    • The Tale of Mummyhood November 22, 2016 at 4:49 pm

      A cuppa and a chat is always good in my book 🙂 thankyou! x

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  • Cherry Newby (@TheNewbyTribe) November 21, 2016 at 9:48 pm

    When my kids came home they were both too old for going to a toddler group, but we went to an adoption group for a bit and I was so nervous, but everyone was really lovely! It definitely helps to go in with a positive attitude and a smile 🙂 #marvmondays

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    • The Tale of Mummyhood November 22, 2016 at 4:48 pm

      It’s so nice that you found a good group, it really makes all the difference! x

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  • Over Heaven's Hill November 21, 2016 at 9:53 pm

    I’ve worried about my 3 year old son social skills since day one. Due to working full time and finance constraints she is cared for by a relative while we’re atalking work. I worry she’s missing out on socialising with other children. But she has a great connection with her young cousins. #fortheloveofblog

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    • The Tale of Mummyhood November 22, 2016 at 2:37 pm

      It’s so hard to get it right isn’t it but I’m sure they will be fine, and it’s great she has such a good relationship with her cousins! x

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  • mummymiller November 22, 2016 at 12:20 pm

    I didn’t go to any groups until my son was 6 months old, I decided to pay to go to a class aimed at his age meaning I would meet other mums with babies the same age, it was well worth it but I’m still a bit scared to go to the toddler groups till he’s a bit older!! #KCACOLS

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    • The Tale of Mummyhood November 22, 2016 at 2:35 pm

      I found it difficult when my fist was tiny if it wasn’t just a baby group. Toddlers and little babies all together can be a nightmare! x

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  • pinkpearbear November 22, 2016 at 1:08 pm

    I’m a massive fan of toddler group! For one, they are not trashing your house!! 😉 The groups we went to always got bonus points of there was cake. Thanks so much for being a part of the #bigpinklink it’s a pleasure to have you onboard!

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    • The Tale of Mummyhood November 22, 2016 at 2:29 pm

      We went again this morning, they had pink wafers! Not cake but I had a couple to be polite haha!! x

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  • susielhawes November 22, 2016 at 2:43 pm

    I am a SAHM and i’m about all the groups! I find being at home only own boring and hard work. I much prefer to get out even just for an hour for some company and like you say so the toddler can have interaction with others in different environments. Hope you enjoy your group when you go again x #bigpinklink

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    • The Tale of Mummyhood November 22, 2016 at 4:59 pm

      Here here! x

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  • catherine November 22, 2016 at 3:38 pm

    It’s easy to feel like our children would get so much more from nursery – socialisation, loads of resources – but remember the best thing for developing young children’s socialisation skills and confidence is a secure attachment to their primary caregiver. Being around other children doesn’t make them confident and social. Being around you does. #marvmondays

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    • The Tale of Mummyhood November 22, 2016 at 5:00 pm

      A lovely insight. Thanks for stopping by x

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  • Sharon M Parry November 22, 2016 at 7:49 pm

    It’s great to read that you had such a positive experience. Hope you have a great time on your next visit too. I usually enjoyed them but I know some people have bad experiences. Thanks so much for linking up at #KCACOLS. Hope you come back again next Sunday.

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    • The Tale of Mummyhood November 23, 2016 at 1:31 pm

      Thankyou x

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  • Chilli Regina November 23, 2016 at 8:39 am

    I also believe that open mind and positive thinking make all the difference. There will always be parents who will complain about everything, even if it’s a great baby or toddler group. You have to see, what works for your child. If you are relaxed, happy and accepting, your child feels it and can blend in the group very easily. And I agree with you, kids need interaction and socialization with other kids.
    #bestandworst

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    • The Tale of Mummyhood November 23, 2016 at 1:31 pm

      That’s so true, sometimes people complain for no real reason at all! X

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  • Five Little Doves November 23, 2016 at 4:56 pm

    Returning from #BloggerClubUK

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    • The Tale of Mummyhood November 23, 2016 at 5:02 pm

      Thankyou x

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  • Educating Roversi November 23, 2016 at 9:57 pm

    Groups can be so intimidating! When L was a baby I went a some but I had my NCT mummy friends for back up. I’ve been to a couple since he became a toddler and now we’re back at work I’ve had to rave some on my own. It’s been okay though, most have been friendly #BloggerClubUK

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    • The Tale of Mummyhood November 24, 2016 at 12:27 pm

      They really can! It’s great you had friends to go with! x

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  • Ordinary Hopes November 23, 2016 at 10:54 pm

    We always attended lots of groups and activities. My sanity depended on it! #KCACOLS

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    • The Tale of Mummyhood November 24, 2016 at 12:26 pm

      Haha, I know what you mean. It’s so nice to get them out, thanks for stopping by x

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  • theseasonalchild November 24, 2016 at 12:00 pm

    This has made me feel a lot better about the fact that we are venturing to our first baby group since my second was born, this afternoon! I too had a great experience first time round, so I’m hoping to have the same experience again this time. #StayClassyMama

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    • The Tale of Mummyhood November 24, 2016 at 12:25 pm

      I’m glad it helped, have a great time! x

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  • Cherry Newby (@TheNewbyTribe) November 24, 2016 at 12:22 pm

    Returning from #ablogginggoodtime

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    • The Tale of Mummyhood November 24, 2016 at 12:25 pm

      Thankyou x

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  • Brandi Puga November 24, 2016 at 2:30 pm

    I’m not much of one for mommy and baby groups, I have 5 children with 3 still at home with me so it’s hard to find a group that takes each age….I do love signing my kids up for things they can go to on their own once they read age 2-3 though…this also leaves me with less socializing and I kind of like being a wallflower, haha #ablogginggodtime

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    • The Tale of Mummyhood November 26, 2016 at 12:12 pm

      I’ve had trouble before with groups not taking both ages. I definitely like the idea of a group you can drop them off at, haha! x

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  • thelifeoftont November 24, 2016 at 5:14 pm

    For me I hated toddler groups. I was often – in fact always – the only dad at the ones close to me. I tried chatting and involving myself with the other parents there and got nothing but suspicion. George seemed to love it though.

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    • The Tale of Mummyhood November 26, 2016 at 12:13 pm

      It must be hard when you are the only male there, especially if the others that attend aren’t up to date with the times! x

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  • theidentitythieves November 24, 2016 at 7:46 pm

    I am so with you on this! I actually love toddler groups on the whole. Some people find them hell, but as a fellow SAHM, they are a saviour for me! #coolmumclub

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    • The Tale of Mummyhood November 26, 2016 at 12:10 pm

      They really are! Thanks for commenting! x

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  • mummuddlingthrough November 24, 2016 at 9:02 pm

    I think those groups are both heaven and hell! Don’t get me wrong, they can be horrendous – full of tired and miserable Mums all running around after kids bashing each other with toys. But, let’s face it, we are also those Mums and we need these places! One that throws in a cuppa and a biccie and I’m one happy Mum to be out of the house and meet with some pals with none of us having our house trashed in the process. #Winning.
    Good luck, and thanks for linking up to #coolmumclub

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    • The Tale of Mummyhood November 26, 2016 at 12:09 pm

      Haha, very true! I’m all for a cuppa and a biscuit too! Thanks for stopping by x

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  • Nursery Whines November 24, 2016 at 9:16 pm

    Mother and baby groups are my sanctuary. I do not think I would be able to function without them. Some are definitely better than others, but we have an amazing one where the volunteers watch the kids and the mothers go in another room for coffee and a chat for an hour and it is heaven! And my daughter is very sociable and not too clingy (touch wood) and I think that’s because I take her out to so many groups. #stayclassymama

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    • The Tale of Mummyhood November 26, 2016 at 12:08 pm

      Wow, that sounds AMAZING!! It’s so great that your daughter is sociable too, I hope mine feel that way too! x

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  • ohmummymia November 24, 2016 at 9:37 pm

    My boy is 7 month old and I didn’t think about that kind of groups but maybe I should?
    #GlobalBlogging

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    • The Tale of Mummyhood November 26, 2016 at 12:06 pm

      They can be fun! x

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  • Sunita November 25, 2016 at 10:43 pm

    Good on you for making it to toddler groups. It’s not easy running around an 18 month old (I have one too!). Luckily my 3 year old is happy to play on her own but she takes a while to warm up so I usually have one each round each of my legs. It’s nice seeing them play with kids they don’t know. Going in with a smile is so important. You never know, most people are probably a bit nervous like we are! More importantly toddler and baby groups give us mamas and daddas social time with grown ups even though chats are piecemeal in between playing x #fortheloveofBLOG

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    • The Tale of Mummyhood November 26, 2016 at 12:02 pm

      Aw bless them! It’s is nice to have some adult company too, thankyou! x

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  • Sarah Aslett @ Admissions Of A Working Mother November 27, 2016 at 8:12 am

    I think they can be both but you have clearly found a good one! #stayclassymama

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    • The Tale of Mummyhood November 27, 2016 at 8:28 am

      They can definitely be both! x

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  • crummymummy1 November 28, 2016 at 2:15 pm

    I think it’s so easy to worry about whether what we’re doing is right, but all we can do is our best! #bestandworst

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    • The Tale of Mummyhood November 28, 2016 at 8:44 pm

      That’s so true! x

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  • ShoeboxofM November 29, 2016 at 7:52 am

    I see them as an opportunity to get out of the house and let the cubs run or crawl around. I’m the only male adult there, the main members are childminders and a handful of mums.

    I am the only one that plays with the children. I get that these groups can serve as a respite and a chance for a break and a chat but the fact the kids swarm me to show me their toys or chat shows me they want someone to play with them.

    I got so bored last time I found myself looking at the dates on the toys. I found a car that is as old as I am!

    #BestAndWorst

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    • The Tale of Mummyhood November 29, 2016 at 1:10 pm

      Aw bless them I bet they love it when you spend time with them! x

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      • ShoeboxofM November 29, 2016 at 1:14 pm

        They do. I get offerings of battered cars, half chewed dinosaurs and presented with things to fix. It’s nice to be useful.

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        • The Tale of Mummyhood November 29, 2016 at 1:27 pm

          Haha how could you resist! 😂 x

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  • Mummy in a TuTu (@mummyinatutu) November 29, 2016 at 12:26 pm

    To be honest I have never been to one because I do worry it will be hell or cliquey!! Glad you found a good one!
    Thanks for linking to #ablogginggoodtime

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    • The Tale of Mummyhood November 29, 2016 at 1:07 pm

      I think a lot of people feel the same! x

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  • One Messy Mama November 30, 2016 at 3:19 am

    I must be honest and say that I have never been to a toddler group. The thought always made me anxious. I’m sure I missed out on a lot of fun! It’s so important for us moms to get out and interact with other moms. Enjoy every minute! #globablogging

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    • The Tale of Mummyhood November 30, 2016 at 1:29 pm

      They are hard work too though, haha! Thankyou x

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  • The Mum Project November 30, 2016 at 12:43 pm

    Ah it sounds like you had a great time! I’m so jealous you get to go to toddler groups, I’m a working mum and they don’t have any on the weekends in my town, it really bothers me because I would like to do baby groups too :(. The grass is always greener eh! I guess on the positive side, my son is probably worn out after a full week in nursery : ) Thanks for sharing with #GlobalBlogging!

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    • The Tale of Mummyhood November 30, 2016 at 1:27 pm

      Ah bless you, I bet he loves nursery though! x

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  • Catie: An Imperfect Mum January 11, 2017 at 1:59 pm

    As an EXPAT in a new country and a new mum I found my toddler group essential to help me make friends and feel less isolated. I hope you make friends too. #DreamTeam

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    • The Tale of Mummyhood January 11, 2017 at 7:55 pm

      It is so nice to meet other parents and have a natter! So glad you enjoy your group x

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  • Manny January 15, 2017 at 7:48 pm

    When I had my first I loved baby and toddler groups and went all the time. Since I had my second, I’ve not been. We’ve also moved house since and the one near mine was a bit cliquey the one time I went which was off-putting. It didn’t intimidate me, it just made me not want to associate myself with them. Those places should be friendly and welcoming like my previous one. There are loads of good baby/toddler groups out there.. I think it’s just a matter of trying them all out. Plus the ones around me are not free like my old one – boo!! Lol #DreamTeam

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    • The Tale of Mummyhood January 16, 2017 at 8:43 pm

      It’s awful when you are put off like that, I totally get what you mean it makes you not want to waste your time with them. My free one closed down too! It cost a fair few quid each week now I have two of the monkeys! xx

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      • Manny January 18, 2017 at 8:53 pm

        Oh no! I guess running free children’s play centres must be too costly. I think I’m going to start going to the local library as that’s free and they have baby rhyme time most mornings and story time/ lego messy play in the afternoons which the kids could go to after my little boy finishes nursery. We need more free soft play centres! 🙂

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        • The Tale of Mummyhood January 20, 2017 at 1:05 pm

          The groups at libraries do sound great, I think both of mine would really enjoy them! x

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