A mum says she has been left feeling 'anxious' after being left out by 'cliquey' school gate parents. The woman says she has been reduced to the tears due to the ongoing situation at her child's school, reports Hull Live.
She took to social media to share her woes after feeling left out by other mums, who have a strong social life. The mother, posting on Mumsnet, says she feels her child is also feeling the brunt of the exclusive parents.
She said: "The school my child goes to is extremely 'cliquey' and I just get ignored. They all go for coffees and some children go for tea to each others houses and my child has minor special needs and I just find the whole thing really difficult."
The woman also confessed she had been in tears speaking to her friend on the phone regarding the tough situation at the school. Many people were quick to offer their sympathy to the parent, with many saying they have been in similar situations.
One person said: 'I think it's like that at a lot of schools. My Mum tells me it was the same when she was taking me to school, all those long years ago.'
Another agreed, stating: "My daughters school has a clique. I do worry it will separate her from the other children and she'll be picked on.
"But there is nothing I can do. I have tried to start conversations with these Mums and they choose to not bother with me.
Meanwhile, others were quick offer their advice to combat the situation, including joining the parent teacher association (PTA). One said: "I found that joining my school's PTA was a great way to cross any barriers as there are mums and dads from across the groups."
Another agreed, stating: "I joined the PTA and am a governor, that's really helped me get to know everyone." Other people's advice focused practical tips for the mum the next time she was at the school gates.
One suggested: "Why not ask your child if he/she would like to invite a friend over. It doesn't have to be for tea first time round maybe work up to that."
And another said: "Could you try to say hi to at least one person each day - or even just smile at them? Try to think of open ended questions to ask such as "how is your little one settling in?"
"Or even make something up such as 'have you been to many kids parties round here? I'm not sure what to do for mine this year'."
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