If you’re like me—and I know you are, whether you admit it or not—you sometimes feel as if there’s a party going on out there, but you weren’t invited. I know there are some cool things happening, but for the life of me, I can’t figure out where. It was like this when I was single and then, just as I started to find my groove, I got married and I had to figure out the couples’ scene. When I became a mom, I suddenly had a whole new world to decipher. Finally, I’m figuring it out.
One way I started to figure things out was by roaming the web. Of course, yours truly—Westchester Magazine—has all this great stuff about parenting both in the magazine and on the web. I’ve always been big on leaning on print publications for advice.
However, one of the best sources I’ve found for the inside scoop isn’t a publication with a big ol’ budget, but rather a website fun by two moms. Believe it or not, my dog trainer told me about it. If only my dog listened to him as well as I do.
The site, therivertownplaygroup.com, has been up and running for about a year now. As the name suggests, it is an organizational site for a playgroup, but it’s actually much more than that—it’s a tremendous resource for all sorts of happenings in the county. Even better, if you’re a member, you can get discounts on things like haircuts and classes. It’s targeted to parents of kids from birth to age three in the Rivertowns and the surrounding communities. It also hosts parents’ nights out, which is another great way to meet folks. Imagine—a night out without the kids with people who don’t mind talking about kids.
The site was started by two moms who were looking to meet other moms and the whole thing blossomed. These gals are serious about making new friends! I realize I often sound like a sad, friendless, broken record, but motherhood is isolating and this is another great free way to make new pals with young kids. There are about 600 members so far. Pretty good for a year’s worth of effort, eh? I’m trying to think what I’ve done as a new mom in the past year. Well—I’ve got diapering down at last, so that’s something at least.
To be honest, I have been to only one of the scheduled activities, but I have taken advantage of some of the discounts. I desperately wanted to do its playground crawl, which was basically trying out a different playground every week. I just could never make it work with Maisie’s nap schedule and stuff I needed to do—like conquering diapering.