Parenting can be a rewarding, wonderful experience. At times, it can also be difficult and stressful. As the saying goes, “it takes a village to raise a child.” Parenting can sometimes feel isolating, especially with very young children, but connecting with other parents can be helpful. Activities such as playgroups are good for both children and adults.
For parents, play groups can provide:
- a chance to have adult conversation
- a place to get recommendations on things like doctors, baby gear
- a support-system of other parents who can relate on managing with a baby who won’t sleep, potty training challenges or how to make time for yourself
The benefits for children include:
- Learning to socialize with other children
- Preparation for preschool
- Reaching developmental milestones through play
The Woodland Wonderland Stay and Play Room recently started a playgroup called the Take and Share program. The program brings together parents and their children like a typical playgroup, but also gives mom or dad resources on various topics and offers the opportunity for open-conversation and sharing of ideas.
At the first Take and Share program, the group discussed health and safety. Everyone shared ideas and personal experiences with making budgets, handling arguments, healthy meals, safety items to have at home and more.
The next Take and Share at the Play Room will be Wednesday, Nov. 9 from 12:30 – 1:30 p.m. and Wednesday Nov. 16 from 12:30 – 1:30 p.m.
The Woodland Wonderland Stay and Play Room brings together children and their parents for fun and learning. It is free and open Tuesdays (4 to 6 p.m.) and Wednesdays (10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and now 3:30 to 5 p.m.) at the Cleveland Public Library Woodland branch on Woodland near East 55th Street.
The Woodland Wonderland Sat and Play Room is a partnership among Cleveland Public Library, Family Connections, and the Promise Neighborhood. It was created with the understanding that parents are their children’s first teacher. As such, the Play Room promotes parent-child engagement, stimulates language and motor skills, and exposes parent and child to a preschool-like setting.