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Playgroups: For Kids ... or the Moms?

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Georgie Hockett: People always say it's "for the kids," but are playgroups really mom's playdates? From happy hours to knitting clubs, discover the new social groups.

moms holding their babies

Today I went to my first Mommy Group.

By the time we got there I had taught my 22 month old daughter how to say, "Hi, new friends!" convinced that I was going to say the same.

I have to admit, I was a little nervous in going. First of all I had to come up witty and intriguing answers to their Miss America-style questions on the 'new member' application. Then I had to submit a photo. Not knowing the process or what Mommy Groups were all about I was unsure -- was this all standard procedure?

When I got the approval email I was taken aback to a time of sorority-acceptance (which I never got, or applied for) -- excited ... and a little nervous. What was I getting myself into?

I knocked on the door and a very nice, very pregnant woman answered the door. I was the first one there. But moments after she handed me a cup of tea and my daughter spotted the toys, the women and children arrived.

It was a good time. The kids played, the moms chatted. One mom told me that in the past the food spread consisted of sushi and hummus, but as the kids have gotten older everything changed to Goldfish crackers and Cheerios.

Another mom told me that most of the events are for moms; getting together--getting out of the house -- to share a coffee or alcoholic beverage. And that's always a good thing.

I plan on going back. I want to widen my circle of friends. But more importantly, I want my daughter to have kids to play with. And as we left, she turned around and without me prompting, baby girl yelled, "Bye, new friends!"

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Anonymous March 22, 2009, 11:30 AM

You had to fill out an application to get together with a group of other moms? That is dumbest thing I ever heard.

Anonymous March 22, 2009, 11:40 AM

You must be for Silicon Valley. We just moved here and I had to do the same thing… I miss living the the South where people are warm, welcoming and just plan NICE!

Melanie March 24, 2009, 10:53 PM

I am an organizer of a playgroup in Florida and we also require prospective members to fill out some “get to know me” questions and come to a public playdate before gaining access to our playgroups website. The process is for the safetly of everyone. Would you want complete stangers knowing where you will be on Tuesday morning with your children? Playgroups are wonderful for both mom and baby!

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