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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MIDWEST | Neighborhood Parents Network
Neighborhood Parents Network’s Ranking
Name of Founder/Moderator: Sarah Cobb, Executive Director
Region: Chicago, Illinois
Fees/Membership Requirements: $45 for a one-year family membership
About the network: Originally established in 1980 as the Northside Parents Network, a Chicago non-profit organization, NPN has been growing and thriving for over 30 years. It started when a small group of parents decided they needed a good support group to raise their families in urban Chicago, and so they came together to build a network of parents. NPN has adjusted and grown with the changing technology and is now an active website with approximately 700,000 page views per month – that many eyes scanning your posts means someone’s going to have an answer for your question, whether its on local schools or the best summer activities in your ‘hood.
Why we love it: We love that NPN has created an intimate, helpful community within the big city. Raising a family in an urban environment comes with unique questions and concerns, from where to find a nanny to where to send kids to school, and NPN offers the answers to those questions through the collective experiences of its members.