Whether you are still expecting, or your little bundle has already arrived; having support is a necessity. Needless to say, it’s quite easy to get swept up in the emotion that comes along with being a parent. Mom support groups not only provide a listening ear: they are usually filled with parents who deliver much needed sleeping advice, potty training advice, parents who post about local parenting events, and parents who sell some sweet baby items. Here are some great mom support groups in Brooklyn.
Brooklyn Cultural Single Moms Support Group
Brooklyn Cultural Single Moms Support Group is a support group for single moms of all ethnicities. This group is proud to represent the mom, who is performing both the mommy and the daddy roles. If you are a single mama, who loves taking the little one to Coney Island, the Beach, and Museums, then this group is for you. This group caters from ages three months to six years old. Visit meet up.com/brooklynculturalsinglemoms for more information on the group’s activities and to request to join the group.
Brooklyn PPD Support
Molly and Chris are two moms who struggled with Postpartum Depression and Anxiety and created Brooklyn PPD Support in 2006 to provide a peer support group where pregnant and postpartum women can get support if they think they are at risk for PPD, are experiencing symptoms and need further help and resources, or are in the care of a therapist and want to attend the group as part of their treatment plan. This group is free, and was created to provide emotional support, and a listening ear. Visit brooklynppdsupport.org for more information and meeting dates and times.
Parents Helping Parents
Sharon C. Peters is the director of Parents Helping Parents, located at 669 President Street. Parents Helping Parents offers help to all families: those facing transitions as well as those sorting through everyday challenges through topical workshops and ongoing support groups such as Parents of children with Special Needs and Parents of children with Tweens/Teens. Practical suggestions help parents find solutions to problems that have been hard to unravel at home. Parents get to talk about what has or hasn’t worked for them and try new strategies to move their families forward.As a step, birth, adoptive, married and single mother, Sharon has raised five children, several coping with special needs and acts as a family coach to families, giving children and parents the tools they need to deal with ongoing issues. Website:www.phponline.org for more information and upcoming workshops.
Despite the abundance of stay at home moms in Brooklyn, it is quite easy to feel secluded from other adults. Between diaper changes, feedings, and the much needed nap schedules, there seems to be little to no time to socialize. No worries, Moms Club, is there for you! The Moms Club core goals are: to provide support for mothers who choose to stay at home to raise their children, to provide a forum for topics of interest to mothers, to help children within the community, and to perform at least one service project yearly helping needy children. Website:www.momsclub.org for more information. For Park Slope moms, visit momsclubofparkslope. To find a chapter near you e-mail moms club directly at firstname.lastname@example.org
Of course, how could Brooklyn Mamas have a Support Group post without our beloved Yahoo Groups? (I am a happy member of two!) We have listed just few of the groups, please check out yahoogroups.com to find the yahoo group for your neighborhood.
To post to the Advice/Discussion list, send an email message to:
- Park Slope Parents – email@example.com which provides access to parkslopeparents.com message boards
- Park Slope Adoption Network – Park_Slope_Adoption_Network@yahoogroups.com
- Bay Ridge Parents – Bay_Ridge_Parentsfirstname.lastname@example.org
- Bedford Stuyvesant – email@example.com
- BoCoCa Parents (Boerum Hill, Cobble Hill, and Carroll Gardens) – firstname.lastname@example.org
- Brooklyn Heights Parents – email@example.com
- DUMBO Parents Organization – firstname.lastname@example.org
- Williamsburg/ Greenpoint Parents – email@example.com
- Bushwick and Ridgewood Parents – firstname.lastname@example.org