Welcome to GardenParents — formerly GardenMoms — one of Boston's best resources for parents of young children!
In 2002, an owner of the Garden of Eden restaurant in Boston’s South End noticed several regular customers who were either very pregnant or had brand-new babies. Although we didn’t know each other, the Garden proprietors threw a brunch for us — and we’ve been hanging out together ever since. We were sad to see the Garden of Eden close in 2008, but feel fortunate that the mom-to-mom connections we first made at that brunch are still going strong — and growing by the day.
Our group has grown from seven moms to many thousands and now includes members from every Boston neighborhood, as well many parents who live outside the city. Our range extends from Boston proper to inside 495. Although our group was started by mothers, it is open to parents (mothers, fathers, and guardians) and expectant parents.
Please note that the group is not open to those who want to join solely to promote events, services or products, nor is it open to those who wish to use GardenParents for marketing or research. GardenParents is not open to childcare professionals (nannies, night nurses or babysitters) or daycare providers unless the providers are parents of small children.
Questions? Message us through Tinyhood. We'll answer you as quickly as we can - but please remember that our moderators are all busy working parents (with several kids each!) who serve on a completely volunteer basis - so please be patient!
Rules & Guidelines
GardenParents Guidelines At A Glance
Please review full guidelines attached below
-Use Your Real Name in Your Profile: No screen-names or first initials allowed. Your last name, email, and physical address will only be visible to moderators. Your first name and first initial of your last name will display in your posts and when members view your profile.
-Tone and Content:All posts are expected to use a respectful, courteous tone, even on emotional, challenging, or heated topics.
-Subject Lines and Tagging: Please use a CLEAR topic in your subject line and be sure to tag the message with the proper category.
-Search Before Posting: Please search the forum threads and the RESOURCES section before you post basic questions.
-Volatile Topics: Parenting can be difficult, and we'll have plenty of differences of opinion. Please don't hit "send" when your emotions are running high — take some time to calm down before you post.
-Consider if GPs is the right place for your post: GPs messages go out to thousands of members throughout greater Boston within the I-495 limit. For local specific posts, please consider a local parent group, NextDoor, or Craigslist.
-Please do not give out your member IDs and passwords to anyone--Allowing someone else to use your login to access the group is grounds for immediate membership suspension.
Guidelines for Business Solicitations and Caregiver Search and Due Diligence can be found in the full guidelines attached below.