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Play groups or baby sitting coop?

Discussion in 'Jobs and Help Wanted' started by pdonnadurk, Jan 6, 2004.

  1. pdonnadurk

    pdonnadurk New Member

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    We are new to Broadlands and we were wondering if there are any playgroups established? Also is there a baysitting coop? Thanks!:)
  2. boomertsfx

    boomertsfx Booyakasha!

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    Back when I was growing up, there was no such thing as a "play group".... They were called friends.

    No appointment necessary.

    [:p]
  3. brim

    brim Active Member

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    Same here. I think it's pretty ridiculous 'playing' is done by appointment and committee nowadays. Back when I (and I suspect everyone here) was growing up you made friends with other kids in your neighborhood by chance and choice...not forced playtime by your parents.

    New age parenting stinks. :(
  4. MD_boy

    MD_boy New Member

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    pdonnadurk
    If you are looking for a baby sitter, the newsletter publishes names and numbers of local sitters. You can probably pick up a current newsletter at the nature center. They will most likely also have information about children's activities.
  5. pdonnadurk

    pdonnadurk New Member

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    I am aghast! As a newcomer to both Broadlands and these forums I have often been chagrined to see the negative responses and personal attacks on every issue on these boards! I am now shocked to find that play groups and myself are now the focus. I will not justify your attacks with an explanation. Suffice to say again, we are “new” to the area. I will no longer be utilizing these boards for communication. Your rudeness and sarcasm have served to make me and my children feel quite unwelcome in a new neighborhood.

    Ad item, I refer you to the forum rules:

    “6. Be kind! As stated above, we do not allow personal attacks. If you want to take up a personal issue with someone please do it offline. We realize some issues can get hot, but before posting take a deep breath and step away for a few minutes before coming back and posting. The moderators do not want to edit posts or suspend users but we will if we have to.”
  6. brim

    brim Active Member

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    I'd like to know when you were attacked personally. BoomerTSFX and I were pointing out that the idea of a 'playdate' or 'play groups' as being BS...that is our opinion and we're entitled to it. At no point did anyone target you directly, only the ideas and trends of modern parenting.

    Furthermore, you shouldn't feel unwelcome in a community just because someone doesn't share your same beliefs and ideas...that's a bit extreme as you'll find that is the case where ever you decide to live.
  7. boomertsfx

    boomertsfx Booyakasha!

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    Wow. You shouldn't be so easily offended. Of course you're welcomed into our neighborhood! Just relax and don't take these forums so seriously :D Anyways, the idea of "play groups" is, IMO, stupid. I mean, really. When I have kids, I'll take them to play with friends... not some structured and forced environment.
  8. Pats_fan

    Pats_fan Former Resident

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    It's easy to say you'll take your kids to play with friends when you are obviously already settled in the area. I think the point of pdonnadurk's e-mail is that she is new to the area and doesn't have any friends yet. And in case you haven't noticed, it's winter outside and kids aren't exactly out at the pool.

    And how about some CONSTRUCTIVE comments on the babysitting coop? Or is that a stupid idea, too?

    And I'm sure pdonnadurk wanted to receive catty remarks from someone who ISN'T EVEN A PARENT! Get off the thread, your input serves no purpose here.
  9. jaeris

    jaeris Member

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    I agree with pdonnadurk's comments on the sarcasm and rudeness. She/he was just trying to reach out and make friends as a newcomer to the neighborhood and was shot down with negative comments. Even though you didn't attack "personally" you did respond to the post with less than welcoming comments. How about starting off with "Welcome to the neighborhood".

    jaeris
  10. brim

    brim Active Member

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    Thats no excuse for constructed and formal 'play dates'. I realize she may not know many people in the area, but if thats the case would you let your children play with someone you didn't know? Plus, it's winter and kids have all sorts of germs/colds/virii to spread...not a good time to be getting the little ones in a group anyhow.

    OK, how about calling it a 'list of approved babysitters' rather than a 'coop' for starters. No need to make things sound more official and important than they really are. Thats like calling a garbage man a 'sanitation engineer'. Theres nothing wrong with compiling a list of babysitters that people in the area have had a good experience with, in fact it's a good idea if it doesn't already exist.

    And it's co-op, a 'babysitter coop' is a cage or pen you keep babysitters in. :)

    Our input serves the same purpose as anyone elses on here, expressing an opinion on a subject. Last time I checked that was still legal.

    With that being said, does anyone have a list of babysitters they've used? :)
  11. MD_boy

    MD_boy New Member

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    I thought I was being helpful. If my post was in any way construed as being rude or sarcastic I apologize. I was just pointing out that the nature center is a good source for community info. When we moved here last summer we stopped in there just out of curiosity and came out with loads of info (along with a few warm cookies)
    :)
  12. jaeris

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    I believe a babysitting co-op is where parents get together and share babysitting hours. Say I babysit for your child for 4 hours, I'm 4 hours in credit and you're 4 hours in debit. Then you babysit for my child for 4 hours and we're even. This is a true co-op where everyone benefits from the services.

    jaeris
  13. brim

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    Interesting. I've never heard of that before. But it raises an interesting point that I previously touched on...If you're new to the area would you feel comfortable leaving your child for four hours with someone you just met? I sure wouldn't.
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    Exactly. It's much different from a babysitting list. You illustrate my point beautifully. Unfortunately, people without knowledge who have nothing better to do than roam these boards for entertainment value stifle those persons who legitimately want to use these boards to improve themselves and their community.

    pdonnadurk's request was obviously directed to parents, and snide comments by non-parents who don't even know what they are talking about serve no purpose on this board.

    I think a babysitting "CO-OP" (!) is a good idea. As jaeris correctly notes, members of the co-op all have children themselves. The co-op members all come from the same community and therefore are more likely to share common values, and, to make an unsupportable generalization, are probably more trustworthy than children on a babysitter list. I for one, AS A PARENT, would feel more comfortable having my children cared for by another fellow parent in my community, as opposed to a teenager down the street. Not that child babysitters are untrustworthy, it's just that I would prefer an adult parent babysitter.

    OP_Dude, I wasn't talking about your post. Thank you for your constructive reply.
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    pdonnadurk New Member

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    O.K., I said I was not going to get sucked back in here but here goes. Op dude, you were very helpful but I have explored the babysitting list and was really more interested in what jaeris was talking about. A co-op is parents babysitting so other parents can get an outing. It is done for credit which parents in turn can use towards babysitting time them. Of course I am aware of the myriad a complications this involves but babysitting sitting co-ops have been very successful in other planned communities and I was just wondering if one existed here?

    As far as the play group let me set the record straight, we are new to the area and although we have met many of our neighbors their children are all school age. I have two children under two and was looking for a “mothers group”. So to the parents who have access to these forums, are there any existing “mothers groups” I will not explain my parenting philosophy to folks who do not have children but suffice “two under two”!!!

    I am really disappointed that such a simple question would evoke such a debate. I was only trying to obtain information not editorializing on parenting styles.
  16. brim

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    My original 'snide comment' wasn't about the co-op (which I admitted I'd never heard of before), it was about the play group idea and you don't have to be a parent to have an opinion on that. I know full well what they are and in my opinion, they're ridiculous new-age BS parenting tactics. If you'll notice, I didn't comment on the co-op originally since I didn't know what the deal was with it, only after it was requested by you did I make a comment and I was corrected in my definition.

    BTW, good luck to your team against the Titans on Saturday. Go Colts!
  17. Pats_fan

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    I don't think play groups are a bad idea for parents with non school-age children at home. And like any other social interaction, if you don't like the people in the group, you don't have to participate (obviously). An established group would certainly be a good way to find this out though, wouldn't it? Especially, as I mentioned before, in the winter when parents with young children don't get out much and get a chance to meet. And I think that saying it is the cold and flu season and stay at home parents shouldn't ever interact with other parents and children is ridiculous. Again, only a parent would understand the need for interaction with other adults and not just the children in your home.

    Thanks for the Pats plug, Brim. I think they have a good chance of beating the Titans. Personally, I think the Colts are going to smoke the Chiefs, setting up a Colts-Pats rematch. We'll see, though.
  18. jaeris

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    Toddlers groups have been around for decades - nothing new age about it. I used to take my son to one and he's 33 now. Who would let their 2 year olds walk down the street and make their own friends?

    jaeris
  19. brim

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    Speaking of two year olds in the street and bad parenting, I'll throw this out. Last Friday at the intersection of Vestal's Gap and Demott, I came across a kid in the MIDDLE OF THE STREET on a big wheel, no parents to be found. He couldn't have been more than two. I stopped and he slowly pedaled off down Vestals Gap. I looked everywhere for an adult in the area and there simply wasn't one anywhere. That's unspeakable, I wish I had my camera and I would have taken a picture.
  20. Pats_fan

    Pats_fan Former Resident

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    That is terrible. Kids need to play, though. It would have been a lot safer if that child had been at the home of a neighbor playing with other kids, and his/her parents were interacting with other adults.

    Hmmm. What would you call a gathering such as that? OH - I know! How about a play group? Sounds like fun to me!

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