Monthly Archives: January 2015

BROOKLYN MOMMY GROUPS!

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written by Jen #supermom

 

You have your friends, you have a strong social network near and far.  Friends to go to brunch with, to shop with, to hang and watch movies with.  THEN…your world turns upside down in the most amazing way and you become a first time parent!  Those friends are still your friends of course, but you really want to talk to other new moms and dads about what you are going through.  Other parents that you can share advice with, that you can go to for support, and for laughs most importantly.  Ones that will find your poop and spit-up stories mildly interesting.  For the first time in your life you need “mom friends”!

Being a new mom and dad can cause a bit of anxiety, so it’s reassuring to talk to others that are going through the same things. Thankfully there are several mommy (and daddy) groups that help bring together a network of new parents of babies around the same age.  These are a few of the different options that we have available here in Brooklyn:

 

* Park Slope Parents:  By far the most popular among new moms in our area, this site can help you link up with other parents of a specific birth month, season (“Winter babies” for example),  or with a shared interest (they include stay at home moms, separated/divorced/single parents, LGBTQ, bilingual groups, etc). $35 to join.  http://www.parkslopeparents.com/Help-Joining-Groups/psp-baby-groups.html

* Moms Club: Stay-at-home parents meet up for playgroups, picnics, and all sorts of activities.  As a non-profit, this organization depends on contributions from the members, helping plan and facilitate the different events.  http://www.momsclubofparkslope.webs.com/

* Bococa Parents: Covering neighborhoods of Brooklyn, this parent group organizes events and activities for new parents and their families.  Must have a Yahoo account to sign in, but membership is free:  https://groups.yahoo.com/neo/groups/bococa_parents/info

* Families First Brooklyn:  For the Carroll Gardens, Cobble Hill and Boerum Hill communities, this non-profit offers both classes and support groups for parents.  More of a support group then casual PSP meet-up, these groups are run by a specialist and charge a fee.  http://www.familiesfirstbrooklyn.org/new-moms-support-group.html

* Mommybites.com: An online community for parents to sign up for online classes (preparing for a sibling or potty training 101 for example), they also help facilitate the connection of moms through support groups.  Not to mention it’s a great site to read up on parenting articles.  http://mommybites.com/

* NYC Dads Group:  Hey, what about something for all the new dads out there???!  NYC Dads Group helps support dads through group play dates, special events, dad’s night out and educational workshops.  http://www.citydadsgroup.com/meetups/

* And there is always meetup.com, which hosts all different kinds of meetups, including those for new moms and dads.  If you don’t find the right group for you, there’s always the option of starting your own!  http://www.meetup.com/

 

For a listing of parent groups throughout the different Brooklyn neighborhoods, check out:  http://pipandpea.com/2014/02/25/just-moved-to-brooklyn-heres-the-first-thing-you-need-to-do/

Another fantastic way to meet outside of a mommy meet-up group is in a class like  “Baby and Me Yoga”, taught at independent yoga centers or the YMCA. There are always opportunities to meet new friends in music classes like those taught at Music Together or Music for Aardvarks.  Or, through South Slope Pediatrics’ many classes or social events!  I always say meeting new moms/dads and making those connections can feel a bit like you’re dating again.  Sometimes you just hit it off immediately and other times it feels awkward and unnatural. Hang in there…you’ll eventually hit it off with other new parents and might even make new life-friends!  I know I surely have.

 

JANUARY EVENTS IN AND AROUND THE SLOPE!

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written by Jen #supermom

It’s totally freezing, the holidays are over… you desperately need things to do with your little ones!  Here are some events that will help get you through the rest of January – from skating, checking out yucky things, learning about important history, rocking out, to puppets… there is something for everyone!

* Icky Fest 2015 at the Brooklyn Children’s Museum: On Saturday, January 10th from 11am-5pm you can come check out all things gooey and gross – from insects to yucky sea creatures, learn about reptiles, carnivorous plants and dance to a special performance by the Trummytones…and MORE!  All ages.  http://brooklynkids.org/index.php/festivals/ickyfest2015

* Character Skate Series at the Lefrak Center (Prospect Park): Every Sunday in January at 2pm there are special WNET Kids Club THIRTEEN character skate series.  Skating, arts & crafts and meet and greets on the ice with your child’s favorite characters like Martha Speaks, Berenstein Bears and Digit from Cyberchase.  Children 2-8 YO.  http://lakesidebrooklyn.com/event-calendar-month/

* Folk Sing-a-long with Katy Stone @ The Park Slope Public Library:  On Monday, January 12th at 11:30am there will be a sing-a-long for babies and toddlers.  Be sure to arrive at least a half hour early to get a spot!  http://www.bklynlibrary.org/calendar/folk-sing-long-katy-stone-park-slope-library-011215.   Also at the library on all Wednesdays in January at 10:30am is Rock Out with Adam, a chance for your babies and toddlers to sing and dance with Adam!  Again, be sure to arrive at least a half hour early to get a ticket, these classes are in high demand!  0-5 yrs. http://www.bklynlibrary.org/calendar/rock-adam-park-slope-library-011415

* Martin Luther King Weekend at Brooklyn Children’s Museum:  “Let’s Join Hands” on Saturday January 17th and Sunday January 18th at 11:30am – come see how Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. joined hands on a march for freedom. Learn about ideas of diversity and tolerance through storytelling, songs and crafts.  For ages 5 and under.  For the older children, on Saturday the 17th and Sunday the 18th at 12:30pm, the Brooklyn Children’s Museum will be hosting “Let’s March”, where you can watch footage of Dr. King’s march, create posters for peace, and march together through the museum!  Ages 4 and up.   In addition there are several screening times for “Our Friend, Martin”, an animated film about two teens who are sent back in time to meet MLK.  All ages.  For times and details on all, visit: http://www.brooklynkids.org/index.php/calendarofevents/featuredprograms/calendar

* School of Rock Winter Show at The Rock Shop (249 4th Ave):  On January 17th from 2-6pm come see students ages 7-17 from the School of Rock perform your favorite punk rock and 90’s music. Food and drink are available at the venue.  $10 entry, kids 4 and under are free.  Recommended for ages 3+.  http://brooklyn.schoolofrock.com/event/end-of-season-performance-show

* Sleeping Beauty @ Puppetworks (338 6th Ave):  Between January 17th and March 29th at 12:30 and 2:30pm every Saturday and Sunday, come see Sleeping Beauty performed via puppetry!  Child: $8, Adult: $9.  Ages 4+.  http://www.puppetworks.org/default.html

* Frosty at the Brooklyn Central Library (10 Grand Army Plaza):  On Saturday January 24th from 1-2pm, your favorite snowman comes to life in a show for the whole family, based on the classic tale.  All ages.  http://www.bklynlibrary.org/calendar/events-youth-and-families-central-library-dweck-cen-012415

Lastly, when you just need to get out and play somewhere else other than your living room, here is a link to indoor play spaces in Brooklyn (BAX, Congregation Beth Elohim and Juguemos a Cantar being right here in Park Slope): http://www.achildgrows.com/indoor-play-spaces-in-brooklyn/

Hopefully these events will help you survive what can be a very trying time of year with a small child!