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Parent Talk: Parent Groups: Yay or Nay?

Do new parents need advice from other parents?

When I read about the upcoming , it brought back memories of those early years of parenting. I was one of the first of my friends to have a baby and really had no clue what to expect. I read all of the books and took every prenatal class that was offered from childbirth education to yoga. Eventually I put all of my research together to write City Baby Brooklyn.

Looking back, the most important thing I did as a new mom was join a New Parent’s Group at Urban Monster, a neighborhood kid’s store that has long been shuttered. Every Tuesday morning at 10 a.m. we would sit on the floor of the shop with our babies in bjorns, infant carriers, on blankets or in our laps, and we’d talk about everything from choosing a nanny, going back to work and how we hadn’t slept in weeks.

What was the best thing you did when you were a new parent? If you are a new parent, are there any new parent groups you can recommend in the area?

If you are expecting, feel free to leave a question in the comments section. I’ll answer it and I invite any parents to answer it too.

I look forward to hearing your thoughts!

Aubrey Hardwick March 11, 2011 at 07:02 PM
The best thing I did was simply reach out to other mothers in the playground. I met several of my best friends that way! It definitely feels a little like dating at the time. I remember asking a couple moms (or they asked me), "Can I get your number?" and feeling kind of awkward. But it's worth it because other moms are the best resource, hands down.
Teri March 11, 2011 at 10:58 PM
The Neighborhood Playspace at Christchurch in Cobble Hill where I met YOU! And Erin! And Allison! And Kathleen! And Lee! And Kara! And Nurit! And Kamila! And.......my Mommy Posse. Thanks to all for the wise advice and hearty laughter in those early, hazy, crazy days (daze). Your love was nurturing like warm nipple balm ~ or I should say cold cabbage leaves, since this is "The Patch."
Teri March 12, 2011 at 02:56 PM
Also, the Neighborhood Playspace is where the seeds for Big Movies for Little Kids were first planted. Reach out th other moms, you never know what will happen! If you haven't been, check out this awesome classic film series for children. The perfect introduction to cinema for your babe: http://bigmoviesforlittlekids.blogspot.com/
Viv March 12, 2011 at 09:44 PM
I almost joined that same group at Urban Monster, but the trek in the dead of winter put me off. I never did join a group but I did wind up randomly meeting some great ladies (among them Robin - who led me to you!) who remain my close pals today. It's totally like cruising, except you're clutching a Bjorn instead of a beer.
Teri March 13, 2011 at 02:42 PM
Urban Monster was like an oasis in the desert of new parent alienation. It was a lifesaver 8 years ago. Where do today's Mamma's go?

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