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10 Reasons All Stay-At-Home Moms Need To Join A Playgroup

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shutterstock_196076255When I got pregnant with our first child, we had just moved an hour away from our friends and family. I did not know anyone locally and I was a young mother- the majority of my friends from home weren’t even married yet let alone starting families. I had planned on being a stay-at-home mom for a few years once our daughter was born but being the social butterfly that I am, I had reservations about how it would go for me without knowing anyone in a similar circumstance.

That said, late in my pregnancy, I began looking for playgroups to join. I had great luck on internet meetup sites and joined three different groups after my daughter was born. The other members were obviously not all BFF material and there were several I probably wouldn’t have bothered to get to know had it not been for our shared situation. However, beggars can’t be choosers and even the duds became solid companions in my day-to-day life as a stay-at-home mother of small children. They filled my hours and made me a little less likely to lose it every time we got together. It was the smartest thing I did as a SAHM and although I ultimately decided that I was better off working, being a part of these groups made my years at home with my kids so much better than they would have been otherwise.

If you are not yet sold, see below. I have laid out 10 reasons why you need to join a playgroup if you are a stay-at-home mom:

 

1. You will have something to do every day.

We have all had the thought, “what do I do with my baby all day”? Well, there really isn’t a whole lot a baby can do but you can cart said baby to a play date where they can drool and do baby things while you talk shop with other moms about parenting and whatever else comes up. Snacks were always included too. And we all know moms love snacks.

 

2. There are free activities you might otherwise have to pay for.

Our organizers would negotiate activities for our group either for free or at reduced rates. The places I could take my kids to were only limited by my ambition level in any given week- swim lessons, music classes, baby yoga, bouncy houses, make-your-own-pizza, zoo visits. The opportunities were plentiful.

 

3. You can make new friends.

It was great to make friends that had kids the same age as mine and that were going through exactly what I was going through. It was also helpful because I could befriend moms with slightly older kids and get great advice about the phases to come.

 

4. Mom’s Night Out with your new friends.

We would get together at restaurants and chat over cocktails and appetizers. I cherished these nights as the majority of my time was spent with tiny tyrants that I could not talk to. Grown-up conversation is the lifeblood of the SAHM and I could only pretend to be chatting with DJ Lance Rock so many times before I felt crazy.

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