I recently shared my angst in organizing a playgroup. I know that so many of you are all "what is the deal? It is JUST a playgroup, why is this chick stressing about it?"
And believe me I was all "why am I stressing about this" too.
Then.. I realized... that it wasn't me stressing myself out at all.. it was the other moms. This expectation set forth to create a playgroup to brag about.
Realizing, rationally, that this was all about getting out once a week, I basically concluded that besides some snacks and toys, I was going to go to our first meeting stress free and let the kids and moms just enjoy and get to know each other.
You see... I should say that I sort of volunteered to a church leader who then placed me under the "jurisdiction" of one of HER counselors who then followed up this first meeting with an outline of demands...er.. "ideas" which may or may not be limited to the following list:
1. No matter WHAT all activities need to be FREE.
2. Playgroups should be entertaining and fun so that moms want to continue to come
3. You can do (she said this emphatically/casually.. if you know what I mean) "snacks (which cannot be assigned), crafts, and games, just make sure it is something new every week."
4. You could get me a calendar of the events you have planned.
5. But you are in charge... this is YOUR baby.
Call me crazy, but it sort of sounds like it is supposed to be free for everyone... but me, and that I was supposed to plan creative craft projects and entertainment for all each and every week.. with no help (since this was MY BABY after all.)
Does it sound like I have sour grapes? I am really trying not to. After all, I am usually fine taking charge, but I feel like I am totally out of my element here. Especially because I was fine with just what we did and JJ had a blast just free-playing with the kids.
I guess I just rather be a facilitator and not a dictator.. especially since I don't know how to please these ladies with their babies.
Regardless, here I am this morning, combing this site for ideas to dazzle play groupies and putting together a calendar of upcoming events. Who knew I was such a pleaser?