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Welcome to GardenMoms - one of Boston's best parenting resources!

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 (the soon-to-be GardenMoms) 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 well over 2000, and now includes members from almost every Boston neighborhood, as well many parents who live outside the city. New GardenMoms (and, of course, new GardenBabies and a few GardenDads) are constantly joining our ranks.

Since its inception in 2002, GardenMoms has become an important resource and support network for countless parents, both new and experienced. We are fortunate to have a terrific, dedicated group of members who share their advice, humor, warmth, and support. Welcome to our group!

Returning Members: Your username is the email address that you submitted when you registered with Big Tent. (Please note that the moderators do not have access to your personal log-in information or password).

NOTE: If you're a current member but can't remember your Big Tent password, go to the login page on Big Tent (https://www.bigtent.com/log_in). Directly below the big orange sign-in button, there is a link to reset your password.

Questions? Email us at GardenMoms.Moderator@gmail.com. We'll answer you as quickly as we can - but please remember that our moderators are all busy working moms (with several kids each!) who are working on a completely volunteer basis - so please be patient!

Upcoming Events

The Tilt-Down Fence Public Arts Installation in Fields Corner, Dorchester

Sat Sep 3 – Sun Oct 2, 2016 EDT

Come Join Us at The Tilt-Down Fence at Fields Corner in Dorchester for our Opening Event on site!
Our events programming for the day include:
-Free Ice Cream from Chill on Park
-Vietnamese American Civic Association (VACA) Information Session with Q A Resources
-Community Potluck with the Vietnamese Network at Thang Long and Vietnamese Community
-Giant Puppets from the Puppeteer's Cooperative with Leslie MacWeeney from Living Art (11 AM)

In collaboration with architects, RISD BROWN students, 5 weavers, and a total of 12 production volunteers,The Tilt-Down Fence, a public arts project dealing with the topic of immigration, is coming to Fields Corner, Dorchester on Saturday, September 3rd!

BR A CE is the creator of The Big Hammock, The Mattapan Mobile Farm Stand, and now The Tilt-Down Fence.

The Tilt-Down Fence is a public art installation of five series of ladders that transform into picnic tables and activate an underused green space in Fields Corner, Dorchester to bring communities together. The Fence is a metaphor [the economic ladder] that has a purpose - a climbing structure and a framework for adults to gather, support and network towards upward mobility.

This is BR A CE's fourth public art project. The goal of Tilt-Down Fence is to create new conversations about cultural exchange, immigrant communities, and their contributions. The MBTA has provided us with permission to site Tilt-Down Fence by the Fields Corner T Stop on 494-496 Geneva Avenue. The public art installation partners with local organizations such as: Viet-AID (Vietnamese American Initiative for Development), VACA,(Vietnamese American Civic Association) ABCD (Action for Boston Community Development), Chill On Park, Thang Long, The Puppeteer's Cooperative, and The Immigrant Advancement Office to bring various programs and events to the community through the lively art platform of The Tilt-Down Fence.

Events include: information sessions held by local organizations, question and answer resources from the Immigration Advancement Office, free ice cream on Opening Day, a Potluck hosted by Vietnamese Organization Thang Long, puppet shows, children's story-reading, and much more! All events and resource sessions are free to the public, and will happen every Saturday in September. Please see the flyer attached below for a more detailed description of the events.

Please share the news and come join us at the grand opening at 10AM for The Tilt-Down Fence on Saturday, September 3rd at Field's Corner in Dorchester!

BR A CE: Building Research Architecture Community Exchange is 501(c)(3) non-profit organization bringing public art to the community. Tilt-Down Fence could not have reached Dorchester without the support through various grants and donations. The Tilt-Down Fence was granted a total of $11,000 through The Awesome Foundation, The Boston Society of Architects, The Boston Foundation, and Viet AID, and we have currently raised 30% of the $6,660 fundraising campaign we started on Indiegogo. We are still looking for donations to help with our efforts. If you haven't already, please visit our Indiegogo site and support awesome public art! We have 10 days until our opening on September 3rd!

For a sneak preview of what will come to Fields Corner our process story behind The Tilt Down Fence, please take a look at our website below:

http://br-a-ce.org/projects
Event Page: https://www.facebook.com/events/1759543107620601/

If you have any questions regarding the Tilt Down Fence, BR A CE, or the event this Saturday, please feel free to call (213)-273-6030 or (617)-669-1109.

Childcare at Flywheel Sports

Tue Sep 27, 2016, 9:30–11:30 am EDT

Flywheel Sports offers FREE onsite childcare for non-mobile babies (via Sensible Sitters; www.sensiblesitters.com) during the Tuesday/Thursday 9:30am and 10:30am class times.

Simply sign up for childcare here: www.flywheelsitting.com

You will receive a confirmation email from Amanda (Boston Office Manager) for your child's spot. Should you have any questions, please don't hesitate to contact Amanda at amanda.ciolino@sensiblesitters.com.

Next week: BE THE PARENT YOU WANT TO BE! Learn the Think:Kids Collaborative Problem Solving Approach

Tue Sep 27, 2016, 6:30–8:30 pm EDT

Do you ever feel frustrated with your child? Find yourself shouting often and imposing punishments or rewards in reaction to challenging behavior? Do you wish you had a more effective parenting approach that also helps to build a better relationship between you and your child? Think:Kids Collaborative Problem Solving approach, based in MGH's Department of Psychiatry, provides parents with concrete tools to better understand and parent their kids (ages 3-18) in the face of day-to-day challenges – e.g., getting to school, homework, screen time, sibling relationships – and more serious challenges. It’s based on the understanding that many kids lack the skill, not the will, to behave well – specifically skills related to problem solving, flexibility and frustration tolerance.

The Think:Kids Collaborative Problem Solving Approach helps parents to:

* Shift their thinking and approach to foster positive relationships with their child
* Reduce their child’s challenging behavior
* Solve problems collaboratively and proactively
* Build their child's skills in self-regulation, communication and problem-solving

Trainings start next week. For more information and to register for a CPS overview group (evening or daytime) in Brookline, Cambridge, Needham or Belmont, please visit: BeTheParentYouWantToBe.weebly.com

Free New Moms' Group each Wednesday

Wed Sep 28, 2016, 12:30–2:30 pm EDT

First Time Moms, 12:30-1:45
for moms and their non-crawling babies. Come meet other new moms for company, tips, and the shared experience of raising a newborn baby.

Breastfeeding Q A, 1:45-2:30
ask a certified lactation counselor your questions about latch, weaning, normal eating/sleeping patterns, pumping

(The 1st group usually morphs into the 2nd. This is a mom-space for the full 2 hours, and moms come and go anywhere within that window).

For all moms - breastfeeding or not - with non-mobile babies. m

For more information, please go to
http://www.amomisborn.com/support-groups.html
Free - but a $5 donation welcome!

Childcare at Flywheel Sports

Thu Sep 29, 2016, 9:30–11:30 am EDT

Flywheel Sports offers FREE onsite childcare for non-mobile babies (via Sensible Sitters; www.sensiblesitters.com) during the Tuesday/Thursday 9:30am and 10:30am class times.

Simply sign up for childcare here: www.flywheelsitting.com

You will receive a confirmation email from Amanda (Boston Office Manager) for your child's spot. Should you have any questions, please don't hesitate to contact Amanda at amanda.ciolino@sensiblesitters.com.