Our playgroup last year was hard work. The mothers were nice enough, but the majority had husbands who worked together, so they socialized together outside of playgroup too. They had a very insular friendship group and it was tough to break in - I tried for a year, and still half of them couldn't remember my name! I know it's not my fault, I'm pretty gregarious and usually have no difficulty making friends, but they had no reason to exert the effort to reciprocate attention. I was left hanging in a metaphorical friendship high five.
But, as is usual in our line of work, a big exodus occured over Christmas and now we have a whole lot of new faces. And they are lovely faces! I know that they know my name because they use it as I arrive. And it is a very rare day I leave now without at least one playdate lined up for Bug or Peanut. It makes such a difference!
So much of a difference that I have volunteered to run the new Saturday playgroup that is starting up.
I have a blank slate of playgroupism. I can organize the running how I like. Outside play first, or arts and craft? Snack time before or after story time? I'm going mad with power!
So I'm on the hunt for cool playgroup inspiration. I want to make Saturday morning playgroup The Place To Be.
Got any ideas?