The Moms and Tots group was inspired by two moms who have young children at home and wanted to find ways for both their children and themselves to be able to socialize.We plan meet-ups at places where children are always welcome whether it be a playground, public plage, Manora or someone’s home. We try to find places where the children can have fun while the parents are able to mingle and socialize as well.
Staying at home with your little one is certainly a rewarding job, but it comes with its challenges. The saying “it takes a village to raise a child” is a bit difficult when your “village” or family doesn’t live nearby. With a group tailored to parents of young children you can develop new friendships and start making your own “village” of support. We all have young children at home and therefore can relate to the everyday joys and challenges of parenting at this stage.
It is a blessing to be able to stay home to bond and interact with your child every day, but it is also nice to be able to provide your child with the opportunity to interact with children of his own age and begin to develop social skills. This is a nice safe environment for your child to begin learning those social interaction skills needed for school and the rest of their lives.
The group is also a nice way to sample kid-friendly programs. Come try out new activities and locations with the company and support of others. Are you nervous to take your child sledding by yourself? Or just don’t know where to go? We plan outings where we keep to the pace of young children. For example, we go sledding on smaller hills and meet together so that we can take turns helping each other. Usually our meet-ups are nearby and don’t take much preparation (just show up!), but sometimes we may schedule an outing a bit further away. For example, in the early Fall it can be fun to take the Lavaux Express in the Lavaux Vineyards. This is a little train on wheels that weaves through the vineyards offering breathtaking views of the Alps, Lake Geneva and the local vineyards for adults and a fun train ride experience for the children that begins and ends at a playground.
Being a parent is a rewarding experience, but doing it with a local support system is even more fun. Come share in the joy of raising young children with other Moms in the La Chat school community!
How often do we meet?
We meet the first and third Monday of the month in the morning. We typically plan to meet somewhere between 9 and 9:30 and plan to stay for a couple hours.
Where do we meet?
Depends on the weather! When the weather is nice we will meet at a playground or a plage. When the weather is not as nice we try to find indoor alternatives. These include coffee shops (i.e. Manora) or indoor play centers (i.e. Jayland). We also like to rotate hosting each other in our own homes. Hosting is not obligatory, but can be a nice way to develop closer friendships and allow the children to play in a safe place (where they have to learn to share their own toys and the invitees are excited to try out their friend’s toys). If our group continues to grow we anticipate having celebrations together, such as baby and toddler Halloween costume parties or organized Holiday crafts geared toward young children.
Who is welcome?
All parents of young children are welcome. Mom? Dad? Caregiver? Yes! Our children don’t care who brings their friends – they are just excited to play with other children similar to their age. We currently have had children between the ages of 3 months and 4 years old join our group.
Who are we?
Bec moved to Switzerland in February of 2018 from Brisbane Austraulia. She has two children ages 6 and 3. Her oldest attends La Chataigneraie in Year 2.
Danielle moved to Switzerland 2.5 years ago from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania in the United States. She has 3 children ages 7, 4 and 3 months. Her oldest attends La Chataigneraie in Year 2.
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