If you’re reading this, you’ve likely learned that parenting is pure, utter joy. Let me rephrase. Parenting has moments of pure, utter joy. It also has moments that are overwhelming, frustrating and lonely. It doesn’t matter if you’ve been a parent for a week or a decade, the joy of raising and loving kids is complicated by, well, just about everything!
Today we’d like to introduce you to a local support network, Newton Mothers’ Forum. (And good for you if you’re already part of this tight-knit group!)
The Newton Mothers’ Forum (NMF) recently celebrated its 20th anniversary and is an inclusive group that encourages conversation about diverse philosophies on parenting and families. They welcome mothers who work full or part-time, or stay at home with their children.
NMF is a non-profit organization created to help mothers meet and get to know each other, share ideas and information, and build a community for themselves and their families. Their local outreach programs are focused on raising various donations to help children and families in the community.
Annual membership dues are $185 for the year. Membership runs from October 1 – September 30. The money collected contributes to the operating budget, which covers speakers, food, drinks, mailings, and events.
Our signature event is our Mothers’ Night Out (MNO). We host a series of seven MNOs each year which include a guest speaker and a catered dinner. In addition, we meet up for one or two informal MNOs without a speaker. Also included in your dues are many other events:
For you: Be Active Club, small group socials, monthly Book Group and Salon discussion groups
For you and your partner: Progressive Dinner, Holiday Party, Oktoberfest Party, Wine & Cheese Tasting Party, and a winter-themed party
For you and your kids: Community Halloween Party, winter holiday celebration, Valentine’s and St. Patrick’s Parties, along with meet-ups for activities like picnics, concerts and apple picking
Non-members are welcome to attend our Mothers’ Night Out, at a cost of $30, which is then applied to your membership if you choose to join within 30 days.
Members live in Newton and beyond; they’re open to and welcome residents of all towns.
To join the Newton Mothers’ Forum, please sign up on BigTent using the link below. You will need to register and complete membership forms. Check your e-mail for an invitation from “Big Tent” once you sign up.
Next Event: Monday, 2/5 Moms Night Out:
Our next Moms Night Out is Monday, February 5 from 7-9pm.
Members, potential members and guests are always welcome with non-members paying a $30 guest fee. The evening includes a buffet dinner from a local restaurant (with vegetarian and gluten-free options available), time for socializing, a keynote speaker and our community spotlight (each month we have a non-profit speak for a few minutes about their mission and how our members can help them – often partnered with a donation drive). We ask non-members to RSVP by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
Our MNOs are held at the Carroll Center for the Blind, Technology Center, 770 Centre St, Newton, MA 02458.
Our Community Spotlight will be Birthday Wishes which provides birthday parties for homeless children and our keynote speaker will be:
Rebecca Givens Rolland – Creative Coaching: helping people capture their memories in writing
Rebecca Givens Rolland is an award-winning writer, clinician, and education lecturer. Her talk will focus on the writing process, effective storytelling, and transforming lived experiences into words. Rebecca is the author of numerous short stories and three poetry collections. Her nonfiction writing has appeared on USA Today, Salon, The Huffington Post, Edutopia, and WBUR’s Cognoscenti. As a creative coach, Rebecca has worked with multiple writers on developing groups of poems and short fiction, as well as revising entire manuscripts. In addition to her creative work, Rebecca teaches at Harvard and works as a speech pathologist at Children’s Hospital Boston. Fluent in French, she is raising her children bilingually alongside her husband Philippe.