How did Planes and Playdates come about?
Over the last two years of parenting the collection of thoughts that keep gathering in my mind have been getting louder. Writing has been a hobby of mine and these thoughts were slowly starting to form into “blog posts”. Often these would be while in the shower or driving or while stuck under a sleeping baby….. so some of the best stuff has never made it to the written format. I have slowly been gathering them and started to feel inspired to share them on here as an outlet for myself and on the small chance that it may help someone else.
The name is a play on travel and on Mum life. Pre-motherhood I quite liked to travel and I’m slowly entering the family travel world. Playdates is just one of the many aspects of being a Mum as I watch my little boy grow.
They also say write what you know! While Motherhood is still fairly new to me, only two years in, children have been a part of my life for over a decade, not only though friends but through professionally working in childcare and OSHC services as a Childcare Educator. So perhaps the occasional professional opinion will sneak through between my personal thoughts, stories and experiences.
The other reason? Stories shared can sometimes be the little bit of hope or encouragement or reassurance or whatever you actually need it to be at the time. I recently had a conversation with a Mum about her daughter being a late bed time sleeper (going to sleep close to midnight) and then sleeping until lunch the next day and having difficulty changing that. When I shared that I had that same problem when my boy was younger she was relieved – it was NOT JUST HER to experience this. In her world, she had been the only one. You may not like everything on here but if there is just one thing you find yourself nodding your head at, well then, job done.
Maybe you feel alone even though you are surrounded by friends and family and have a good support network….
Maybe you feel alone because no one you know is experiencing this particular aspect of motherhood that you are….
Maybe it’s 3am and you’re aimlessly scrolling the internet in an attempt to stay awake while you breastfeed….
Maybe you feel alone because you can’t openly talk about your kids very often at work because you’re meant to be in “work mode”….
Maybe you feel alone because you want to parent differently to how everyone else in your family does….
Maybe you don’t feel alone at all…..but maybe you just want another way to make a connection with other Mums….
Maybe you have a completely different reason….that’s ok!
Sometimes seeing another Mother writing about Mum life on a blog or on instagram or wherever just makes you feel that little bit better. Sometimes only a Mum will truly “get it” when you are talking about what you feel or experience as a Mum.
Whatever your reason I hope that you find something here for you.