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A NOTE FROM PSP ABOUT CORONAVIRUS:
PSP is providing online meetups during this period of social isolation and will continue to help people stay connected and bonded.  We are having special online meetings with OB-GYNs, pediatricians, and mental health professionals. We will weather the COVID-19 storm together!   

"This collective has always been greatly appreciated but in the time of pandemic it’s like a lifeline."

"Thanks for all you do to keep such a loving space alive.”

Park Slope Parents (PSP) is a community of 6,500+ families in Brooklyn, NY. Since 2002, PSP members have shared advice on everything from childcare and camps to hairdressers and healthcare. We've coped with teething, terrible twos, the tween years, and more. We have over 100 specialty groups, including cooking, gardening, allergy, LGBTQ, crafting, single/divorced/separated, middle school, high school, and even a new college discussion group!

Park Slope Parents recognizes that families take many forms, including two-parent families, single-parent families, blended families, same-sex families, foster families, multi-racial families, adoptive families, and more. We have a "family" membership based on the multitude of different compositions of both caregiver(s) and child(ren). 

 

Our Membership Benefits:

Discounts at more than 300+ local businesses (explore the full list here).

Advice/Community Group. The PSP Advice/Community group has all things parenting, community and urban living. Stay connected to the whole neighborhood through the PSP Advice/Community Group!

Classifieds Group. The PSP Classifieds group is our buy/sell/trade group that includes nanny posts, real estate posts, and teens for hire.

Our Pregnancy and Baby Groups. Get help from other new parents going through what you're experiencing. We've been helping new parents embark on the journey of parenthood for more than a decade.

Our Specialty Groups for online and in-person gatherings with people who share your interests. Groups include Stay-at-Home Parents, Cooking, Gardening, Tweens, SDS (Separated/Divorced/Single) Parents, LGBTQ, bilingual groups and more.

Park Slope Parents Events. PSP holds over 350 events a year. View our calendar here
. Even during COVID-19, we are doing virtual meetups, webinars and more!


Career Help. Not only do we have a General Career Networking Group with over 2,000 work-minded people, we also have more than 20 career sub-groups such as law, fashion, small business, fine arts, tech, and many more.


PSP has become instrumental to the Brooklyn community and has been featured in the New York Times, NPR, New York Magazine, Wall Street Journal, and other media.


Eligibility to join is limited to parents and expectant parents who reside in Park Slope and surrounding brownstone neighborhoods, including (but not limited to) BoCoCa, Prospect Heights, Kensington, Windsor Terrace, Downtown Brooklyn, Ditmas Park, PLG, Ft. Greene, and Bed-Stuy!

STEPS TO JOINING


PLEASE add membership@parkslopeparents.com to your safe senders and contact list to make sure you get our emails!  If you don't hear from us or have trouble applying, let us know at that address!



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What our members are saying:

 


"PSP is up there for me with Amazon Prime, Instacart, my therapist, and wine: LIFE SAVERS!!"


"It is so helpful to hear other people's experiences rather than just googling things!"

"I have found the Working Moms Group an invaluable resource about balancing the demands of family vs. career and I'm always inspired by the advice and discussion that is circulated."

 

"I think PSP is the most amazing community and resource and has been invaluable to us while we've been living in Prospect Heights." 

 

"Man, this $50 PSP fee has paid me back and then some! : )"

 

"I need my PSP!"

 

"Since I joined June 2012 babies almost 8 years ago, you and the community you helped create have influenced my life in every possible way."

 

 

"I can see where a parent group may be thought of as intimidating... holding yourself up to other parents' parenting standards, but what is so great about a group as broad as PSP is that within that large community, you find people who fit your parenting style, and you make connections and friendships with people going through the same exact stage of life as you."

 

"I’ve gotten a lot of emotional and practical support from this group over the years… you should know that the community has helped me in so many ways, and I’m super grateful for you and your work…You’ve managed to create a space where – from what I can tell – people feel licensed to show and be their best selves in the name of helping one another. It’s really wonderful. Thank you!"

 

"Joining my baby group put me in touch with a group of women who literally live in a 4 block radius (along with some pretty amazing women who live ages away, you know, South Slope), who had babies within days of me. Having this group to connect with in the early days made all the struggles of the unknown and the isolation so much easier to handle. Now two years later, I have made some of my closest friends through the group... we have created a support network that I am so grateful for." 

 

“A little more than 3 years ago, pregnant with my daughter, I tramped all over Brooklyn sourcing everything I needed to prepare for a new baby from folks in the community who had outgrown their infant-gear. We were well supported from people we didn't even know and have been able to pay that forward as our kid has grown up. Thanks for all you do to keep such a loving space alive.”

 

“I've used PSP for everything from buying/trading clothes to finding a designer for a friend's project. Right now the only thing keeping me sane through 2 days of bungled PreK orientation is the email chain with other parents from the same school that connected through the PreK spreadsheet. But my favorite is my 4 year old recently declared amongst her best friends a boy whose mother I met at a PSP meetup when she was 6 months old and who we've been hanging out with ever since!”

 

“I had so much anxiety about my son's (in retrospect, very minor) health issues when he was an infant and repeatedly turned to PSP for support and advice. Every time I received an outpouring of love. I would've made it through that first year either way but this community lightened my load and made it so much easier. Thank you for creating this space!”  

 

“PSP is a rare community where kindness, inclusivity, and a spirit of welcome are the norm. Four years ago I felt trepidation on my way to my first baby group meetup, thinking that the others might be cliquish or judgmental. Nothing could have been further from the truth! I couldn’t believe how easy it was to join in conversation, create new friendships, and feel part of the community. Since then I’ve been to many, many meetups with my sons or on my own and have always experienced the same universal positive regard and welcoming attitude on the part of each and every PSP member I’ve encountered. It feels good to be part of an organization that pushes us to connect, to offer each other generosity and openness. It’s not an understatement to say that PSP has made me more of an extrovert because I always know that participating will be a good experience!”

 

“I distinctly remember getting ready to attend my first meetup for my baby group while I was still pregnant. I really didn’t want to go, I was tired, it was hot, these were strangers. I told my husband I was only going so that our unborn son would have friends one day. I had no idea that it would be me that ended up with the important friendships, and become part of an incredible group of brilliant women. We became mothers together and their love and support and humor have gotten me through sleeplessness, teething, tantrums, school, work, breastfeeding, pumping, expanding families, a global pandemic, and everything in between. I can’t wait until we can all gather together again in person and toast 6 years of friendship.”

 

“After 9 long years, I completed my dissertation this summer! I owe a huge thank you to you because I found statistical analysis help on PSP. A few years ago, I posted asking for help and a fellow parent responded immediately! We met at a cafe with her infant strapped to her body and she helped me figure it out! Years later, I reached out to her and she helped me complete the project! PSP even helps with PhDs!”  

 

“I’ve been a member for over 10 years now, and meeting other moms through PSP when my boys were newborns was life-saving—and ditto finding the support and friendship of the PSP-SDS community when life took me there as well. I don’t know how I could have survived without either!!"

 

“PSP connected me with the dozen women who supported me through pregnancy, post partum, breastfeeding, toddlerhood, preschool and now kindergarten. I couldn’t have stayed sane without those women. They will forever be my friends because of the things we went through together, even though many now live outside the city. Your parenting group gave me a small village in a huge city. Thank you.”

 

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