When did you start your group?
We set up Mum’s the Word in January 2016 and our first family dance party was held in May 2016 followed by our first #MamasMeetUp in June 2016.
What was your reason behind setting up Mums the Word?
We are sisters and always wanted to set up a business doing something together around our children. Natalie was on maternity leave from her job in events and had recently moved back to Tunbridge Wells. She had been to Mum events in London that just weren’t happening in Kent – so we thought why not set up our own Mum and family events here in Tunbridge Wells! And the rest is history!!
What geographical area do you cover?
For the first 12 months we covered Kent but in June 2017 we branched into Sussex, holding Meet Ups in Brighton too – we are looking to expand to other areas in 2018 – watch this space!
What kind of events do you organise?
We describe ourselves as hosting meet ups and live events for Mums & families and that includes our family dance parties (Halloween is our next BIG event) #Mamas Meet Ups which we host in Tunbridge Wells & Brighton (these also happen in the evening without kids for certain topics!) and our Mum’s Night Outs which are a real opportunity for Mums to kick back and let their hair down.
What has been your highlight so far?
Our highlight has got to be all the amazing women we have met since launching Mum’s the Word – we’ve met so many Mum’s doing hugely inspiring things and it’s really empowering, we’re enjoying being part of such a supportive network of women. Plus how lovely is to make new friends aged 35 and 39!
What has been your biggest challenge since being a mum?
Juggling and trying to maintain some semblance of life/work balance. We definitely don’t get it right most of the time and it’s tough when you are a fairly new business but we’re trying our hardest to readdress the balance!
Why do you think communities that support Mums are so important?
Laura – My son is coming up for 9 and when he was little there was no instagram community and very little in the way of Mum groups (other than toddler groups which are more about the needs of the babies/children than the Mums) Being a mum is TOUGH (whatever age your children are) we’re all in it together and things are SO much easier if we support one another and acknowledge that some days it’s OK, not to be OK and other days will be fantastic!
Are you working full or part time, or are you a full time mum?
Natalie works part time on Mum’s the Word but also works as a freelance events organiser when she can! Laura runs a PR agency full time (school hours) and works on Mum’s the Word in the evening/weekends…
Where is the best place to visit in your area?
We absolutely love Penshurst Place (especially in the Autumn) they organise great Halloween pumpkin trails and craft activities and it’s become an annual tradition to go every half term.
What is your top tip for juggling work/family?
Never be without your to do list! We love lists and have them for every part of life – school, work, house etc!
Thank you so much for answering the questions and giving us an insight into Mums the Word Online.
We look forward to watching your business grow.