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.
WEST COAST | Golden Gate Mothers Group
Name of Moderator/Founder: Kathy Yu (Board of Directors rotates every 2 years)
Year Founded: 1996
Geographic Area: San Francisco
Number of Members: 4,000
Fees/Membership Requirements: $75 annual fee; must be a mother with a child under the age of 5.
What you need to know: Golden Gate Mothers Group might be geographically close to the Berkeley Parents Network, but it’s far different in style and personality. “We’re a very high-income demographic of working professionals,” says Kathy Yu, the current chair of the board for the all-volunteer organization. “I don’t know if Berkeley Parents Network would have so many discussions about getting into preschool.”
What you should expect: Besides preschool, other hot topics include cry-it-out sleep training, vaccination schedules and daycare vs. nannies. Members often post about other members’ nannies, Yu says. “Like, ‘I saw a nanny who wasn’t paying attention to the child.’ You can usually whittle it down to figure out who the nanny is.”