Top 30 Parenting Listservs
No matter how many books and tips expecting parents may read, nothing fully prepares a new mom or dad for the reality of parenthood. Parenthood is wonderful, but it is also tough - full of long nights, lonely days, and lots of questions. From figuring out which pediatrician to choose to how to find the best place to consign your kids' out-grown clothes, parents need a network. Parenting listservs not only offer help and advice, but they provide moms and dads with an instant community. Read More ↓
Here's a list of some of the most active and engaging parenting listservs and websites from around the country. They were chosen based either on recommendations by users of local listservs or because they were among the most active networks on the internet. If your favorite isn't listed, be sure to nominate it! - The 5 Minutes for Mom Team
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EAST COAST | Bococa Parents
Bococa Parent’s Ranking
Names of Moderators/Founders: Carolyn Pravda (moderator), Katie Rosin Green & Sheryl Spivy (founders)
Region: Boerum Hill, Carroll Gardens, Brooklyn Heights, and Brooklyn, New York
Members: over 6,000
Fees/Membership Requirements: No fees, but must be a parent living in one of the listed neighborhoods
About the network: Bococa Parents is a resource for parents in the Brooklyn, NY area, discussing parenting and community topics ranging from parenting advice to playgroups and childcare. Members also share local events and organize low-cost activities all year round.
Why we love it: This listserv has maintained a very active board for several years, but we were most impressed by the group’s dedication to bring moms and dads together to form friendships for themselves as well as their children. Not only are the members of Bococa Parents actively sharing information and advice with each other online, but they organize in-person get-togethers (such as playdates and guest speaker meetings) on a weekly basis.