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Time for you (and baby)

We are very pleased to be taking part in the blog hop run by our good friend South Of The River Mum, who writes about life as a mum in the far off land of South London. She has asked us to write on the theme of Time For You. This is a theme close to our hearts. How, in this hectic life do you find time to be you as well as being mother/worker/wife etc.

We recently wrote a post about taking time out and spending me time in some lovely North London spas. So today we want to write about something different and tell you about some really great things we've done and heard of recently that are about doing something for ourselves - but with our baby too.

Firstly, we recently went to a really great event run by the excellent Culture Baby. The event we went to was one of their montly salon mornings, which are free and where you, together with your baby, can hear from musicians, artists, filmmakers and more. The week we went, we were lucky enough to hear an excellent violin recital (during which the babies all behaved spectacularly well) and a film maker showed some of her own short films followed by a discussion. To me, this was a welcome break from mother and baby groups which focus solely on the children. Here, we were engaging our brains at the same time as engaging our children. Culture Baby also does art gallery visits (a Tate visit is pictured above), guided walks with prams and photography courses. To find our more click here.

We have also recently heard about another organisation called Time For Mums who run classes for parents where you can take your children but learn something for yourself. At the moment they are due to start a photography course in Kensal Rise in January.

The very lovely Classical Babies run classical music concerts for parents and small children in Belsize Park every Wednesday.  There is a different performance every week from string quartets to opera performers. Call Antonia on 07966446152 for more details or email classicalbabies@yahoo.com.

There are not enough organisations like this but it seems that people are waking up to the fact that being on maternity leave doesn't mean you switch off your brain for the year and that there are lots of activities to do which can interest both parents and babies. 

These are the ones we know of, do you know of any other interesting things to do? How do you keep your brain alive when on maternity leave or whilst at home with kids? Do let us know.

Check out the other links in this blog hop to find out how other mums make Time for Me. Enjoy.

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