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I have been taking madam to playgroup for a couple of years now, and she seems to enjoy it. Lately she tends to take herself off to a corner and play with the toys alone – quite happily.
At the moment we are really struggling, and although the fees are only $60 a half year, I just have not been able to find it, so I owe it…
Earlier in the year I had an incident where I saw one of the Mum’s in the car park at Coles on a hot day leave her kids in the car.
I have not said anything about it to her, but I think she has been saying things about me. I am really uncomfortable around the other Mums now (also I feel bad when they rave on about expensive holidays, restaurants etc and when they organise dinners out that I cannot afford).
I really don’t know if I should perservere for llittle one’s sake, or if I should just give up!


Posted by katelt, 22nd April 2014


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  • Persevere for little ones sake, she enjoys it and it’s good for them. Avoid the other mothers if you can, it’s not about you or them after all. Who cares if they have more money then you? They could be horrible people and crap parents!

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  • nice story

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  • great to read this story

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  • exellent super story

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  • time to find a new playgroup

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  • i did with 2 out of 4 go check it out and see if you like it

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  • try looking if there is another play group in the area, that may be a little cheaper, but ignore the other mums, if they are gossip queens it will come back to bite them

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  • My daughter changed play groups and they are now very happy at the new one they go to which is church run.

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  • You don’t have to be tied to the same playgroup forever. If its no longer enjoyable for you or your daughter, find a different group or another activity in you area. Check with your local council as to what’s available.

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  • Playgroup is supposed to be a supportive place that you BOTH enjoy. If you feel uncomfortable, or are trying to save the money, perhaps you could take a break for a little while. The local libraries usually have loads of very cool, sociable and FREE activities for preschool children.

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  • I would look for a new play group. Many churches run them for free!

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  • If you do decide to stop going there are a lot of great ideas for activities in the craft section that you could start doing with your daughter at home.

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  • maybe find a different playgroup with more supportive parents

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  • I never sent mine to play group at all with no ill effects. I would arrange play dates with family and friends and also I played alot of things we would do dress up right down to painting story time ect. If you can not afford it and you are uncomfortable I would stop going as it is not a have to thing also you child can pick up on your feelings. Down the track you may find another one you like and can start again but as I said it is not a have to thing

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  • ask your daughter if she is happy at the playgroup or would she like to try another playgroup and meet new friends? Change can either be good for her or upsetting if she is happy where she is. Playgroups are the most cost effective way to meet other mums while your children benefit from the interaction with other kids. The playgroup fee is minimal to cover expenses. If you can, the weeks you can, try to pay off your fees with $2. You may find the mothers more understanding that you are making an effort. See the coordinator, explain your situation and she may be able to help you. If you may be shy at making friends, sit back and relax and enjoy seeing your daughter having fun.

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