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.
SOUTH | Dallas/Ft. Worth Moms
Name of Moderator/Founder: Jamie Hodges/Nicole Eades
Year Founded: 2002
Geographic Area: Dallas/Ft. Worth
Number of Members: 4,400
Fees/Membership Requirements: The site is free, but you must be a mom in the DFW area. A $20 membership comes with additional benefits and access to private forums.
What you need to know: Looking for mommy friends, Nicole Eades started DFW Area Moms after giving birth to her first daughter in late 2002. Jamie Hodges joined the group a few months later, after her first daughter was born (she now has three girls). Hodges then took over the group’s leadership in 2008 when Eades moved on.
What you should expect: Some of the most interesting discussions go on in the private forums for members who have “been around for a while,” according to Hodges. Anything to do with circumcision, breastfeeding vs. formula feeding, nursing in public, sleep training and c-sections spur spirited debates as well. But remember to spell check before posting: “There are a lot of members who will “go off over grammar and spelling mistakes,” says Hodges.