For more information please contact Richie at richie@parentshelpingparents.org or 617-926-5008, ext 106.

 

PLEASE NOTE: OUR GROUPS ARE FOR PARENTS LOOKING FOR SUPPORT
WE PROVIDE A SAFE SPACE FOR OUR PARENTS. THEREFORE, OUR GROUPS ARE NOT OPEN TO OBSERVERS.

Parenting Group for Parents working with Department of Children and Family Services (DCF)
Thu Noon-1pm EST (Open)

This online parenting support group is for parents that are working with the Department of Children and Family Services. Meet and speak with other parents that are working through their action plans in hopes for reunification with their children. Certificates and letters of attendance awarded after attending 8 weeks of classes.

Grupo de apoyo en línea para padres de habla hispana​

Online Support Group for Spanish Speaking Parents
Tue 10:00am-11:00am EST (Open)

La crianza de los hijos es el trabajo más difícil del mundo. A veces, los desafíos y las luchas se vuelven abrumadores y crean mucho estrés y frustración para los padres. ¿Necesita algún comentario para sus preguntas? ¿Necesita ayuda con los pasos a seguir para reducir el estrés y poder ser mejor padre? Únase a nuestro grupo de apoyo en línea y obtenga apoyo para todas sus necesidades de crianza.

Online Support Group for Parents with Teens with Special Needs
Wed 4:00-5:00pm EST (Open)

Parenting during a pandemic is hard.  Parenting a teen with special needs during these stressful times often feels impossible.  This online group is for anyone who is raising a teenager who has special needs, whether those needs are behavioral, emotional, learning, physical, or medical.

Parenting Support Group for Mom's who were Formerly Incarcerated

We are accepting pre-registration: This group is not presently running.

Once we receive a certain number of registrations we will announce start date.

Wed 5:30-6:30pm EST (Open)

This parenting group is for mom's who have been incarcerated and are looking to rebuild their families and reconnect to their children.  A safe space for mom's to share their emotional struggles and challenges as they adapt to life after incarceration and get support from other mom's that are traveling a similar path in life.

To pre-register email richie@parentshelpingparents.org

Parenting an Adult Child with Substance Abuse Challenges Group

We are accepting pre-registration: This group is not presently running.

Once we receive a certain number of registrations we will announce start date.

This parenting group is for parents of adult children that are looking to get support from other parents who are sharing the same struggles and anxiety trying to support their adult children that are suffering with substance abuse challenges.

To pre-register email richie@parentshelpingparents.org

Lunch and Learn Online Parenting Group 
Fri Noon-1pm EST (Full, Waitlist)

Parenting is the hardest job in the world. At times the challenges and struggles get overwhelming and creates a lot of stress and frustration for parents. Do you need to get some feedback to your questions? Do you need help with steps to take to reduce stress so you can parent better? Take your lunch and come and join our community.

Meetup Monday Parenting Connection 
Mon 6:00-7:00pm EST (Open)

You just finished dinner, got the kids settled with their homework and you feel physically and emotionally drained. What a Monday! At times, the challenges and struggles get overwhelming and creates a lot of stress and frustration for parents so why not finish your Monday on a positive note and connect with other parents to see that you are not alone.

Informal Social Parenting Group
Thu 8:00-9:00pm EST (Open)

We’ll check in with each other, show support, share survival tips, talk about important topics, and have a laugh during this stressful, new-normal world we are living in.
Kids crying in the background or making silly faces in the camera are welcome!

Pajamas encouraged!

How to Install Zoom App on Iphone (Click here for watch video)

  1. Tap on the Apple App Store icon on your iOS device to open.

  2. Tap on Search at the bottom right of your screen.

  3. Enter Zoom in the search text box.

  4. Select ZOOM Cloud Meetings from the available app choices, and then tap on the GET button.

  5. The install process will start.

  6. Tap Open.

  7. In the Zoom app, tap Sign In

How to Install Zoom App on Android Phone

(Click here to watch video)

  1. Open the Google Play Store on your Android device.

  2. Search for ZOOM Cloud Meetings.

  3. Locate and tap the entry by zoom.us.

  4. Tap Install.

  5. Read the permissions listing.

  6. If the permissions listing is acceptable, tap Accept.

  7. Allow the installation to complete.

 

Online Group FAQ'S

Why should I try a support group for parents?

A Parent Support Group is a place where you can come to talk about your experiences and gain feedback without being judged or criticized.  The group can help you to develop positive parenting solutions in a respectful environment.  If you yearn for help and support to improve relationships with your children, a Parent Support Group might be the place for you.

 

​What is the cost of attending a group?

All groups are free.

Is it safe to participate in the virtual support group?
Yes, we use Zoom online meeting software which provides a secure connection to the group. All our meetings are password protected and only registered parents have the password.

Can I participate  without giving my name?
We only ask for participants first name and last initial for our reporting requirements. So yes, you can be anonymous in the group.

 

I am shy. Do I have to participate with video?
Absolutely not, if you don't feel comfortable you can participate without video or call into the meeting with your phone.

What about if I don't have a computer or Internet connection?
No computer. No problem. You can participate by dialing into a phone number for the meeting.


How can I be sure that the everyone in the group is a parent?
Our registration process ensures that all our group participants are parents.

​What is the difference between a Parenting Class and Parenting Support Group?

Parenting classes have an instructor who decides what the topic of discussion will be each week.  There may be assigned readings and speakers.  In a PHP Support Group, the parents decide what to talk about and are non-judgemental.  Only the parents in group can decide to invite an outside speaker.  If the Department of Children Families is requiring you to attend a parenting class, ask if a PHP Support Group would be ok instead.

​Do you provide proof of attendance?

After 8 weeks of attendance the the group facilitator will provide anyone with an attendance certificate for your participation in our Parent Support Groups

108 Water St

Watertown, MA

02742

Tel: 617-926-5008

Fax: 617-926-5011

info@parentshelpingparents.org

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