Mummy Me Time Classes: For the MUMS, not just the babies
As some of you may have seen on my social stories, last week I was invited along to a Mummy Me Time class. Mummy Me Time provides face to face and online Motherhood support courses. I don’t think I quite understood what the class was about before I went, but was delighted to have the opportunity to sit inside with some fellow mums for a natter (!!!!) so arrived with true eagerness! After all, this was a MUMMY class… not a BABY class. No awkward singing whilst your newborn is fast asleep in front of you here!
Gemma, who runs the courses is super passionate about understanding that becoming a mother doesn’t mean that you have to lose yourself (something that I imagine most of us can relate to). Gemma’s aim is to help us mums reclaim their self-identify and create a little more balance in our lives!
The class that I attended was a ‘My Time Matters’ class; which is basically a discussion group for mums. We all sat in a socially distanced circle, not all of us with babies… and just talked. Gemma led the discussion but everyone contributed, talking about the focus for that week… the dreaded Mum Guilt. We each shared our thoughts on the pressures of parenting and Gemma gave us some great advice about re-framing the thoughts and worries that we had. It was educational, but relaxed… and led to an open and honest conversation within the group about the unrealistic expectations that we (and society) place upon ourselves. Those that had babies with them talked as they played, fed and soothed them, and yes at times there was a little crying… but we’re all mums and understand!
I just loved that everyone was involved in the class, previously I’ve found classes can be quite ‘clique’ and actually sometimes a little lonely. At the start and end of the class there was easy conversation with the group (with some helpful Elf on the Shelf ideas!), and they also have a What’s App group that Gemma set up so that they can keep in touch and she can share good snippets or reading with them.
‘My Time Matters’ classes are run over the course of six weeks, with a different topic of discussion each week. Sessions last about an hour and they are limited to 7 participants to aid good group discussion. Over the course, you’ll learn tips to create space for self-care and better understand the emotional changes that you experience becoming a mum. There are currently two sessions starting in January in Collingham. To book onto these classes, click here and follow the link to the Face to Face Courses.
Gemma also offers online support by the creation of the ‘TRIBE’; an online community for mums. The TRIBE meets once a fortnight on zoom (with plans to meet F2F in the future), and is focussed on all things Mum Wellbeing. The Tribe is committed to supporting each other through the complex, emotional and busy life of Motherhood. Learn and share all aspects with women who are at all stages of the journey.