So, what on earth is The Parent Pause all about then?
The Parent Pause embraces all the things parenthood throws at us, but also encourages us not to give up on that part of us that needs nourishment as an adult. Whether it’s swooning over the latest Vogue, really “needing” to check out that new bar, or a kick about in the park.
WHAT DO WE DO?
We host and organise events that aim to enrich, support and connect like-minded people who happen to be parents. We also have a website and a blog which we aim to fill to the brim with useful information, honest reviews and more.
The Parent Pause was born out of a frustration at being unable to connect with like-minded parents in our local area for more than just baby chat. With ‘hip’ mum events in big cities like London and Manchester really taking off, we longed for something similar.
These aren’t your usual church-hall style groups, but are aimed at enriching, empowering and elevating mothers by bringing them together to hear inspirational speakers, take part in workshops, interesting talks and stories (child and non-child related), and to generally connect with each other in real-life-full-colour human reality!
Please don’t misunderstand us, there is a clear and important place for church-hall baby/toddler groups where the focus is on the children, the movement we are striving to be a part of moves the focus to the parent.
We feel the need to bring parental ‘self-care’ to Warwickshire, but most importantly, bring inclusivity of all caregivers, especially the dads. There’s such a big #sisterhoodinmotherhood movement right now, but we seem to have forgotten about the male contingent.
Busy dads, step-dads, stay-at-home-dads, single-dads; we’re all in the same boat. And let’s not forget grandparents, aunts, uncles: in fact, anyone who is raising or caring for children.
The Parent Pause aims to fill that gap that the typical ‘mum’s group’ leaves wide open. We aim to connect, be inclusive and off self-care opportunities for anyone who would like to join in.
The Parent Pause was established in 2017 by Natalie Bullard; mother of three, and Holly Milner; mother of two and stepmother of one.
We are based in Rugby, Warwickshire.