Join Date: Jul 2003
Location: by the beautiful bay
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I really appreciate your suggestions, and especially the link for Kelly's; I hadn't seen that site and found helpful info there.
As far as the LLL is concerned, no, there is not another group around. I do not have an abrasive personality (at least IMO, I think I am pretty friendly), certainly I practice gentle guidance w my son, and he definitely didn't offend anyone. It is either an affluence issue, or just leadership problems. I was not asked not to return; what did happen is a couple of things. This is a small group and at my first meeting I was given a play date schedule. I showed up at the appointed time and place every week that month and no one showed. Another member came out and told me, when I asked, that at the last minute they always get together and decide to do something else. I gave them my number and asked to be let in when changes are made, but was never called. The next month I invited them to my house for playdate, and no one, not even the leader, showed. The last meeting I attended the leader didn't even show. This was several months ago and I have not been able to find out their meeting place since. I have called the leader literally dozens of times and can never get an answer. Once I showed at another Mama's house to stuff flyers and it had been cancelled. So I tried to find another group, and when I found there is not one, I tried to get involved in leadership training myself. I was told that I would have to work w this leader. I did get in touch w her then, she seemed enthusiastic about working w me, but has since been elusive. Like I said, I tried to get her every day for a month but have now given up. I did hear that she is having personal problems. Oh well, I offered to help...I tried to get involved w this group for months and months and even persisted after no one showed for my playdate, because I really wanted to be involved in helping new mamas to be successful nursing, and my son really needs to be around other gently raised children. (Tho I now know that this is not necessarily LLL, as the leader spanks her children). Whatever. I have given up on this.
Anyway, thanks Mamas for your thoughts. (BTW, I found some "love beads" to wear when nursing and ds will hold onto those. My hand would be better than beads, but it is these he prefers).