Parenting Groups: What to Expect

One of the great things about living in New York City is our access to just about everything. From shopping to social outings, there is so much at our fingertips. Parenting groups are no exception, and new moms might not know what to expect when joining such a group (and many more moms have never even considered the idea). Finding such groups is easy: websites like MeetUp and Facebook have details on local groups, and churches, pediatricians and friends can also be great sources to find groups near you. While parenting groups may not be identical, most will share many characteristics. Parenting groups are a great place to meet new friends who are probably going through some of the same things that you are. They're also a great place to ask questions, get advice and hear ideas about how other moms and dads are navigating parenthood for the first time.

Most groups meet for 30 to 60 minutes and are held after business hours or on weekends. Bringing parents together creates a support system and helps parents feel less alone. Many groups offer get-togethers for moms and their kids throughout the week, as well as fun events, like a monthly Mom's Night Out. Groups often include park play dates, informational speakers, outings to museums/amusement parks, arts & crafts play dates, and a way for children to grow up together and soon have their own friends!

Groups are usually free or involve a very nominal membership or drop-in fee, so we encourage parents to take a look at the groups that are convenient and make some new friends!