Hi, I’m Sarah, coordinator of the Derbyshire Gingerbread Group. If there isn’t a Gingerbread group near you (and you don’t fancy setting one up), I find Netmums a great place to find other local parents. There are chat boards so you can get to know other local parents online and also the meet-a-mum system where people organise regular meets in their area which has just been relaunched. Making new friends as parent can be hard and the only friends that I’ve made since making school/nursery parent friends have been through my Gingerbread group and from Netmums meets when my son was a baby – both of which I’ve organised myself.
We have some wonderful single dads in our Gingerbread group and it’s great for children who don’t have a positive male role model in their lives to spend time with them, and likewise for their children to spend time with us – as well as having them to balance out the female dominance of the group. Some dads are put off that the Gingerbread group will be a men-hating group, but that couldn’t be further from the truth. Parents often remember the awful days of toddler group clicks and the alpha mum with her top of the range everything – but in my Gingerbread group, I’m the alpha and I make us all drink coffee and support each other. If you are interested in setting up a group, please send me a PM, I’m always happy to talk to people about it.
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