Never in history has it been more important to stay connected online. Working from home, social distancing and homeschooling can be isolating and overwhelming, so we’ve found over a dozen Facebook groups you can join to reach out and connect with other parents in the Boston community. Read on to find that support, shared knowledge and camaraderie are just a few clicks away in a local online group for parents.

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Boston Moms
This group of over 7,000 members is for moms in Boston and the South Shore area to connect for support and playdates (especially!) and to share interesting articles and advice pertaining to being a mom.

Boston South End Parents
Parents in the South End neighborhood of Boston can connect in this Facebook group to share area resources.

Somerville (and beyond) Parents
This is an informal group for parents in the Somerville, MA area. This group is designed to make it easier for parents to arrange get-togethers, seek advice, share articles or resources, and just get acquainted. Nannies, grandparents and other people who care for children are also welcome.

Boston Autism Moms/Dads
This is a support group for families of children with autism. The group's intention is to help parents share information about educational, medical and social supports and services. 

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Boston-Area Special Needs Parents
This group welcomes parents of children with special needs who live in Boston and its immediate surroundings. It is intended to help families in very close proximity connect on social, educational and medical issues; serve as a networking opportunity for parents who may wish to conveniently connect in person as well as online; and assist in the hyper-local share, resale, and trade of unwanted or excess medical supplies, durable medical equipment, and other specialized equipment that serves children with special needs.

Brookline Parents
This group draws parents from the Brookline neighborhood to arrange meet-ups, buy and sell kids items, offer advice and get to know neighbors with similarly-aged kids. 

Arlington Parents
This is a discussion group for parents and caregivers in and around Arlington, MA on topics related to parenting, children, caregiving, families, school and more. The group numbers over 6,000 members. 

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Newton Parents
This robust group of over 8.000 members is for parents in Newton, MA to communicate about local programs, classes and offerings. 

JP Families
This group is a grass-roots list organized by Jamaica Plain parents and guardians and those working towards adding children to their family who want to connect on Facebook, ask advice and find resources. Its local area is primarily Jamaica Plain, Roslindale, West Roxbury, Roxbury, Mission Hill and parts of Brookline/Dorchester/Hyde Park/Mattapan.

Boston Desi Parents
This group brings together parents who are interested in socializing and sharing Indian culture with their children. 

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Gay Dads of Greater Boston
This group aims to bring together gay dads raising kids in the greater Boston area and it adjacent cities and towns, so that their children can get to meet each other, play and develop a positive self-esteem. Also, gay dads can develop long-term friendships, allowing them to share support and ideas on how to raise happy, well-adjusted kids proud of their family composition

Braintree Moms
The Braintree Moms group has been set up as a resource for expectant, new and experienced moms (as well as female guardians) that are currently living in Braintree, MA or those planning on moving to the area. 

Quincy Moms
This group supports moms in Quincy, Braintree, Weymouth, Hingham and beyond.The group shares school information, tips for families and support for those living in the area. 

Bedford, Massachusetts Moms & Dads Group
This page is for Bedford parents to communicate on all things related to kids: from school-related events, weather cancellations and special programs to parents trying to get rid of old kids' toys, clothes etc. Here you can find recommendations for babysitters and summer camps.

 

Do you have a parenting group that you’d like added to this list? Send an email to kate@redtri.com

—Kate Loweth

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