Reader Aimee writes, “I am planning to head up a playgroup in my area but am rather unqualified to do so. Well, I have the children (ages 3 and 1) and am a SAHM, but have never done the playgroup scene.
“Now that my son has blossomed into a social butterfly, and the long cold winters make it difficult for lengthy periods of outdoor play, I can see the benefits of a steady playgroup for the children (and me too!).
“So I have the location – my church basement, which comes well-equipped; however, my question is this: how does one manage a successful play group that can benefit both mothers and children?”
Readers, I don’t have a lot of experience with playgroups. I was in one when my oldest was a baby, but it’s been awhile. Therefore, I’d like to default any answer to you guys! Help me out with Aimee’s question:
How does one manage a successful play group that can benefit both mothers and children?
She also adds these questions – feel free to answer any of them as well:
- Can you suggest any rules I should have in place before getting started?
- Is structured play a better idea?
- How do I deal with unruly children or negligent parents?
Alright, take it away, readers!