We are saddened to hear of the closure of Isis Parenting. The response from parents over social media about the closure and the ending of parenting classes, resources, and support is powerful.
The Children’s Trust knows that parent support is vital to the development of emotionally and physically healthy children. Families thrive in nurturing communities where parents feel supported in their roles as caregivers and have someone to talk with to share the joys and the challenges of parenting.
We encourage all parents to seek parent support at any time during their children’s lives.
Here are some ideas on how to do so.
- Reconnect with parents who you may have attended a playgroup with in the past. Set up a time to call to catch up on changes in your lives and stages your children have gone through.
- Create a Facebook Page or Group for parents in your area to discuss organizing a playgroup or as a way to connect while looking for a new playgroup.
- Organize a social gathering for the families in your neighborhood. Keep it simple. Having coffee is a great way for parents to connect without spending a lot of money.
- Meet new parents. Introduce yourself to other parents at your child's school or afterschool activity, at the library, in your neighborhood, or at your work. Parents share a natural connection through shared experiences and it can be easy to spark a conversation with other parents.
- Find a parents group. Read bulletin boards at your child’s daycare, afterschool program, and extra-circular activities to find parent groups in your area and/or check your pediatrician’s office or hospital. Consider joining an online parenting group.
- Renew your library card. Visit your local library and check out parent books and pick up other informational resources.
- Learn new information. Subscribe to an online parenting newsletter, read parenting magazines, or attend a parenting class. Connect to online resources such as onetoughjob.org.
- Find a Children’s Trust funded program in your area. Visit our website at childrenstrustma.org.
Other resources for parent support
- Boston Central's list of Parenting Resources across Massachusetts.
- Parents Helping Parents Help with parenting skills and family relationships through parent support groups jointly facilitated by parents and specially-trained volunteers from professional health and human services.
- Find a Coordinated Family and Community Engagement (CFCE) Program in your area. CFCEs are funded through the Department of Early Education and Care and are locally based programs serving families with children birth through school age.
- Join a parenting Meetup. Find or create a group of like-minded parents in your community or region.
- At least for now, Isis is providing free access to their Breastfeeding, Sleep and Expert Speaker webinars on their Online Learning page.
- Parental Stress Hotline: 24 Hours, 7 Days. (800) 632-8188. Support and referrals for parents with children of any age, as well as for other family members, care givers, friends and relatives.