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Old 21-06-2009, 10:25 PM   #1
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Hello, i'm sophia i live in Bristol.
I want to start a baby group for alternative mums cause im fed up of the "looks" i get from other mums at baby groups...
Let me know if your interested or know anyone
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Old 21-06-2009, 10:42 PM   #2
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Hello, i'm sophia i live in Bristol.
I want to start a baby group for alternative mums cause im fed up of the "looks" i get from other mums at baby groups...
Let me know if your interested or know anyone
pleaseeee

Good luck with that. Only problem is you still get those looks among the alternative scene, usually goes along the lines of ' my tattoos are better than hers'

There is always someone judging someone
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Old 21-06-2009, 10:53 PM   #3
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Hello, i'm sophia i live in Bristol.
I want to start a baby group for alternative mums cause im fed up of the "looks" i get from other mums at baby groups...
Let me know if your interested or know anyone
pleaseeee

hey Sophia you might want to rethink the next impulse to get 'I am a slut' down your forearm next time you hit the VKCherry.
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Blimey if you strugle in Bristol there is no hope for anywhere else. When I come to Bristol I find its a nice break from getting stared at in Cheltenham.

I think there must be an accepting group out there somewhere in Bristol. By starting one that is purely for the alternative scene its no better than the people that might not want tattooed people in there group.
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am I the only one who thinks this is a wind up??
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am I the only one who thinks this is a wind up??
Didn't strike me as one, but then I know how hard it is to be accepted in a new area when you look a little different.
When I do "normal things", ie fat club, welsh classes etc, I tend to cover up so my ink isn't the first thing I get judged on. I assumed this chick had encountered the same kind of thing.
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I do those thinks too (fat club, the gym, etc) but I don't cover up - I'm proud of my ink and if people stare, so be it. A lot of the time its just fascination cos they want to see what you've got and ask about it and they're too shy.

If they're rude enough to point and nudge I just wave at them to let them know I've seen them doing it

I don't have kids yet though, so not encountered the snobbery about tattooed mums, but I have heard that my partners boss, a head mistress (he's a teacher) once commented at the school gates that she did not want the children of "people like that" coming to her school. She was pointing at a woman with red hair. Not even tattoos.

Allan nearly lost his job there and then but another teacher calmed him down!

So no doubt it happens, but you just need to rise above it because all mums will be judging each other I'm sure - the ones that are swearing in front of their kids, smoking, wearing the wrong track suit, pushing the wrong buggy, driving the wrong car...... blah blah blah.

Fuck 'em. As long as you're a good mum the rest is irrelevant.
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why would it be a wind up?

honestly, I don't think it matters if you're tattooed, purple-haired or blue-skinned... particuarly when it comes to the school gates, if you're not the mumsy-drink-coffee-at-11.00 type then you struggle to make friends. Ask anyone, I bet their first day at the school gates/health club was just as nerve wracking!

I'm sure it is harder if you choose not to be a sheep and look different from the regular crowd, but none of us are stupid... we all know it's human nature to judge a little on first impressions, you'd be lieing if you said you'd never done it yourself... but if that's a choice you make, maybe you just gotta accept you're going to have to work a little harder to get beyond those first impressions... dive into the group and let people know you're more than just ink and hair dye!

I tend not to socialise but I'm forced to do the dreaded school run twice a day... I've been doing it 3 years now and I still never talk to anyone. It's a proper little village school, very tightly knit, all twin set and pearls... last year a new girl started and her mum has very bright waist length dreds and dresses very alterative... I chuckled to myself think, I wonder what the twin-set's will make of her... they love her! I see her chatting to everyone who walks past her, it made me feel a bit stupid. Since I had baby, I've made the effort to talk to everyone who stops to coo at her... folk aint all that bad.
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Sorry didn't mean to imply anyone is stupid, just trying to offer some support to the OP
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Sorry didn't mean to imply anyone is stupid, just trying to offer some support to the OP
lol dont be daft love ... i totally agree with you that most people stare because they are fascinated or curious
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