There are an estimated 50,000 book groups in the country, according to this piece in The Telegraph about the book group as a Great British Institution.
I wonder how many other mother-and-toddler book groups there are. I wonder if they all share that same careful balance of thoughtful literary discussion and potty training tips.
This March marks three years in the life of the New Parents’ Book Group and not only have our babies grown into their own little people (NB: new babies always very welcome!), but our group has taken on a life of its own too.
The array of snacks to keep the kids occupied seems to grow more elaborate each month, but then again, the children are also learning to entertain themselves in beautiful and I’m sure entirely educational ways. No doubt the regular exposure to contemporary art is the explanation for James wanting to get the paints out at every (bloody) opportunity.
Speaking of which, my latest parenting cheat, which suits this wet weather, is the nearby leisure centre on a Sunday morning. For a mere £1.50, James can tear about the soft play for a good hour, while I shut out the wall of sound, attempt to curl up on a hard plastic chair and drift away with the latest book club read. Fun times for all.