Thank you for visiting Heights Kids Group! We are a community of 1,000+ families who live in the Heights area, a vibrant and friendly neighborhood in Houston, Texas.
We are an online resource, and also have playgroups organized by developmental stages. Playgroups host organized activities, we have a book club that meets every other month, and there are other group events from time to time. Members are welcome to organize new activities if they wish, and publicize them here, as long as they are specifically for HKG members. The ages of kids in the group range from newborns to high school-aged -- all Heights families with children are welcome. Please note: Families interested in joining the group must live in the following zip codes: 77008 east of Shepherd/Durham, 77007, and 77009.
To apply for membership, please complete the entire application form. You must list the names and contact information for two current HKG members who can vouch for you. If you do not know two current members, you may attend any HKG event (playgroup, book club, or other activity) and ask two current members for their contact information. Incomplete applications will be declined, as this is a security measure for our members. Applications are reviewed and approved weekly.
If you have questions or would like more information about the Heights Kids Group, please contact Kasia at firstname.lastname@example.org. Please understand that our organization is moderated entirely by volunteers who are parents themselves. While we hope to answer your questions as soon as possible, we cannot guarantee an immediate response. We appreciate your patience and understanding.
Rules & Guidelines
Heights Kids is both an online community and a neighborhood playgroup. We are a volunteer organization that supports and encourages the exchange of information, ideas, and experiences relating to parenting and life in the Houston Heights & surrounding areas. A group of volunteer administrators reviews and regulates communications on Tinyhood. All these volunteers are also busy moms who freely contribute their time and energy to ensure that this group continues to thrive. As Heights Kids grows, we ask that members consider participating by organizing activities to allow potential members to meet existing ones, and to strengthen our community.
The following policies govern the use of our online forum and community organization by the members of Heights Kids.
1. Membership is free and open to parents and expectant parents. The ages of kids in the group range from newborns to college-aged -- all Heights families with children are welcome. Please note: Families interested in joining the group must live in the following zip codes: 77008 East of Shepherd/Durham, 77007, or 77009. To apply for membership, please complete the entire application form on the Tinyhood website. You must list the names and contact information for two current Heights Kids members who can vouch for you. If you do not know two current members, you may attend any Heights Kids event (playgroup, book club, or other activity) and ask two current members for their contact information. Incomplete applications will be declined, as this is a security measure for our members. Applications are reviewed and approved weekly.
2. The membership list on Tinyhood is a convenience to help us connect to one another for Heights Kids-related reasons. It may not be used for any advertising, fundraising, or sales purpose. If the administrators suspect member contact information is being misused, they may issue a strike, as described below.
3. The subject matter on the main forum does not need to be strictly limited to issues concerning parenting. Instead, members should look at Heights Kids as a resource connecting similarly-situated individuals and families in the Heights and surrounding areas. Our focus is on pregnancy, family life, home management and maintenance, parenting, Heights issues and news and other issues directly affecting family and neighborhood life.
4. At present, there is no way to post anonymously. When this feature is added to Tinyhood, the administrators will announce policies and procedures about such posts. In the interim, members are reminded to be sensitive and discreet about posts that touch on sensitive topics. Members empathize with, assist, and advise each other, and we protect each other’s privacy inside the group as much as possible.
5. Selling your used baby equipment, toys, clothing, or household related items is permitted and encouraged, and restricted to the Marketplace section of Tinyhood. However, you may not sell or give away prescription drugs (i.e., birth control pills, fertility meds.) Please do not post ads in the general discussion forum. If you do, they will be removed. Doing this repeatedly will result in a strike.
6. The administrators will not become involved in Marketplace transactions or disputes about them; all communication, descriptions of items, terms of sale, etc., are matters for the buyer and seller only.
7. Members are encouraged to volunteer to host playgroups and other activities of interest to members. Examples include a book group, outing to the zoo, play date at the park, or a dinner for Heights Kids parents or families. These events must be open to all members and prospective members, but not the general public. They must be listed on the group calendar, and announced on the main forum. You may, however, limit the number of attendees if necessary. If you are unsure if the event you are contemplating is appropriate for the group, please contact an administrator.
8. The Important Files section of Tinyhood is a place where you can share files (photos, PDFs, etc.) with other members, and the administrators may post policy and procedures information there as well. The administrators may remove outdated files and anything inappropriate at any time.
9. Members are encouraged to join as many of the Subhoods as they would like. Subhoods are subgroups of Heights Kids that focus more directly on a certain age of child, an interest (book club), or a parenting topic (adoption). If you would like to add a Subhood, please contact an administrator with details about your idea.
10. The Administrators will not respond to questions or comments one member makes on behalf of another member, former member, or prospective member. Instead, the person with the question or comment should contact an administrator directly.
11. If you are offended by a particular post or feel it is inappropriate, please call it to the administrators’ attention. The posting will be reviewed amongst the administrators. Please see rule #13 regarding Political Forum posts, which have separate policies for offensive posts.
12. Before you forward an informational e-mail or news item to the group, we suggest that you independently verify the facts received from another source; a great place to start is www.snopes.com.
13. Political comments, political opinions, or links to political sites are restricted to the Heights Kids Political Forum Subhood. The Political Forum is loosely moderated and almost anything can be posted there. However, any threats to another person will be reviewed by the administrators and may result in a strike.
14. Members who own or work for local businesses should use the Resources section to list their business and may post ONE message to the General Forum announcing their business and soliciting reviews. If you are recommending a business or service, you MUST disclose any benefit you receive. If someone else in the group asks a question/has a need that could be answered/helped by your business, it is OK to tell them about it in the public forum thread. You may also post information about your business in the Marketplace section.
15. Heights Kids members are asked NOT to represent themselves individually as a spokesperson for the group as a whole. Because we are a diverse group, there are too many different opinions for one person to speak for the group.
Strike Policy and Guidelines
If any of these policies are violated, the administrators or moderators may issue a strike. Your first strike will result in being removed from the group and all subhoods for thirty days, including online access. Your second strike will result in being removed from the group permanently.
1. The following types of forums/threads are strictly prohibited: a) Jokes, b) Chain emails c) Spam (repeated copies of the same message or incessant irrelevant posts), d) Political comments, political opinions or links to political sites (a separate political forum exists for these) and e) religious comments or any theological beliefs.
2. No drama. Any member who is repeatedly disruptive to the group, to an individual member, or to the moderators, will be removed from the group.
3. Posts containing profane language; advocating violence; denigrating others’ religions, political beliefs, race, ethnicity, or lifestyle; attacking other members; or otherwise found to be offensive will not be tolerated. Members should conduct themselves with courtesy and respect.
4. It is required as a condition of membership that you be reachable by phone and e-mail by the administrators.
The administrators may revise these policies from time to time.