Today I met some very special mums.
From the time I was at an all girls school I always had boys as friends. I work in a male dominant profession and always considered women to be catty and cliquey.
This was re-inforced by the various Mother and baby clubs I went to when the Toddler was tiny. I also found the other mums to be judgemental and felt as if they were constantly questioning my parenting style (wing it or shout). Not to say I’m not a judgmental mother. I think we all judge each other because parenting is such a personal thing. However, I had always felt that other mums were silently bitchy and scathing about the way I choose to raise my children. I always expect them to be one digit away from phoning Social Services each and every time they see me.
However, through the community on Twitter I have learned it doesn’t have to be like that and even the most confident of mothers are just coping a lot of the time.
And then I met these ladies. Not cliquey, not judgemental, understanding, empathetic and in some cases sympathetic. I didn’t feel awkward or out-of-place. It was great.
I ran into some bother when the toddler became bored and had to leave a little earlier than expected, but on the whole it was a fantastic experience.
So thank you Debbie, Sarah, and Kirsty for a lovely afternoon with special thanks to going to Kelly for helping the Toddler with the slide and Karen for not only coming with me but also holding O so I could chase Madam around.