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29/01/2010 at 16:36
On the prowl for your tips and stories again for Practical Parenting.
Im putting together a feature for PP on ways to make friends when you become a mum, and one of the sections is about online forums. I was hoping to get a couple of comments from you guys about why you joined up to the forum, the friends you have made and how they have helped you with your mum journey?
A few lines would be great and please include your full name, age where you are from and the names and ages of your children.
29/01/2010 at 20:24
30/01/2010 at 00:02
ive been on this forum since i became pregnant with lola, i was struggling coming to terms with no2 when baby no1 jack was a mere 7mnths old! i didnt talk on the forums until i was around 6mnths pregnant though as my internet access was at my mums, i won a pink baby chair in the pp text ins and decided to come and say thanks and i never left!
I like this forum more than others as we are a small group, we all 'know' one another and me, jade, mumabear and theoldwomen have been on here so long it almost feels like home, i am the only one among my friends to have children, let alone two and its lovely to come on here and have someone share anxietys, excitements and a general gossip with, Never once have i felt unwelcome because im young unlike all the baby groups ive tried to attend in real life, here i can say my sons driving me mad and i might scream and in the next post say hes an angel and we all laugh along and share, its not all about children though we just chat, its good company when your home alone with two sleeping or normally tantruming toddlers! I stay in contact via facebook and even text with some, its nice to have 'friends' i can just be me around.
My cyber sisters have helped me feel confident and sure of myself as a mum
god i sound soppy but this forum has genuinely made a huge difference to me in the past year, especially with all the difficulties ive had adjusting to being lolas mum! x
Laura head, from bury st edmunds, mum to jack 2 1/2 and lola 1!
30/01/2010 at 11:52
I was just pregnant with Merlin when I first joined,so I've been here a while now.None of my real life friends have children,I don't really have anything in common with them,I cetainly don't talk children with them.I pop on here just about every day,I've made some very good friends here.We have never met in real life,but it's nice to just pop on for a chat,a giggle or a moan.It's great to hear when someone's child is naughty,silly,funny,or just strange,just like mine.And if you're trying to decide what to do,or how to deal with something there's a ready panel of opinions.Of course there's the regular vent your feelings sessions too and our poor menfolk are regularly playing a small but vital role in these.
Laura's right,this site does feel like home.I don't have the time or even the inclination to go out and be sociable but I can sit here with a cup of tea in my pjs and chat,when I've a few minutes to spare.I've been on other forums but I find most of them too large,too impersonal,and a lot of them can be very bitchy,there's a lot of nastiness and competitiveness,there seems to be little point in all that.I think it's better to make good friends than lots.There's only one other forum I visit regularly and that's specifically for large families since we are rather large in number in our house,I'm often switching between the two.I do Facebook,I keep in touch with my family on there too.
Don't know/care if it's geeky having cyberfriends and chatting online,if so I'm pleased to be geeky.Sometimes we get to have a "proper" conversation if we're on at the same time,otherwise it's a bit odd to have conversations that last days sometimes,but you get used to it.And if a riot breaks out,like it just has now,I can go away and sort it out.....and return to a conversation when calm is restored.
I think your first few posts are daunting,but everyone here is friendly,we all welcome new members.
The only downside to this is that I'm supposed to be doing my Tesco's shopping right now,and I seem to have been side tracked again.This site is addictive.
30/01/2010 at 20:30
This site has helped me vent some anger!!! There's always a topic to get stuck into-I've made some very good friends on here,they know who they are!!! I'ts been a very welcoming site and I get addicted very often!!!!
I value the opinions of experienced mums,young mums and have had some helpful advice as I 'm ttc.
Rachel Jones 32 mum to Tom 3,and Joseff 20mths.
31/01/2010 at 08:19
i joined the site about 8 months ago and the girls made me feel so welcome and they are right you can chat about pretty much anything and everything on here and you wont be judged you'll be listened to and then people share their thoughts and experiences with you and 9 times out of 10 you can find a solution to your problem
i joined because my husband is in the navy and even tho i have alot of mummy friends its nice to chat to others and make new friends in different areas. when john is away its just me and my son charlie at home so being able to come on here and asking for peoples help, opinions and advice at the click of a button is brilliant
i'm on facebook quite alot to which is another way for me to stay in touch with others, but even if you havent been on here for a while and then pop back the girls are always so friendly and welcoming
just want to take this opportunity to say thanks to laura, mummabear, jade and theoldwoman for being so nice and friendly to me thanks girlies you've certainly helped me out and stopped me from feeling so lonely
zoe ellis-martin, yeovil,somerset mum to charlie aged 2
31/01/2010 at 14:22
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