Babble Best Picks:
Top 12 Listserv Parent Networks
Being a new parent can be an isolating, lonely experience, but signing up for a parenting listserv provides new moms and dads with an instant community. From finding out where to buy the best children's clothing and baby gear to getting support for mastitis or post-partum depression, parenting listservs offer help and advice 24-7. Even better, neighborhood listservs are a great source of information on local resources of interest to parents, such as which restaurants are toddler-friendly and where to get your stroller wheels repaired - and they're a great way to make new friends!
Here's a list of some of the most active and engaging parenting listservs from around the country. If your favorite isn't listed, make sure you tell us about it.
EAST COAST | Hudson River Park Mothers Group
Name of Moderator/Founder: Anna Grossman
Year Founded: 2004
Geographic Area: Lower Manhattan (Financial District, TriBeCa, South Street Seaport)
Number of Members: 1,600
Fees/Membership Requirements: $30/$55/$74, depending on the category of membership.
What you need to know: Becoming a mother was a difficult transition for 38-year-old Anna Grossman, who was a successful travel photographer before having kids. “I had issues adapting to parenthood and I felt alienated. I didn’t see anybody all day long,” she said. There wasn’t much of a local support system, so Grossman started the listserv. “All of [a] sudden, I met these wonderful women who were all going through the same thing as I was,” said Grossman. The group has flourished so much since that they now have two satellite groups: one in the UK and another in New Jersey.
What you should expect: Discussions about “all of the things that parents are polarized about,” said Grossman. “In other words, to circumcise or not, to sleep train or not, breastfeeding vs. bottle feeding, alternative medicine vs. traditional medicine, stay-at-home moms vs. working moms, traveling with a kid or without, private school vs. public school.”