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Parents of Tots

Building a Supportive Social Network

About Us

Parents of Tots was started in 1983 by a group of parents who wanted to have a local, social community for raising their children. Playgroups, field trips to area family fun spots, and parties were planned to create opportunities for interaction. Just as those parents knew decades ago that their children would form friendships and that the adults would have a chance for interaction and trading parenting advice, the same holds true for us today.

Originally, Parents of Tots was founded in Wakefield but the group soon found value in including surrounding towns. More activities, more parks, more outings but perhaps most importantly, more people to grow the group and diversify our membership.

Through the years, Parents of Tots, or PoT, has grown and flourished due to volunteer involvement. Parents bring their unique talents to the planning of each event, outing, and project.  There is a flexible structure in place that has both stood the test of time and grown through the years. PoT communications started as a simple calendar, then became a few page mailing, eventually growing into a monthly 20+ page newsletter.  Now it's an e-Newsletter, and articles have included all kinds of advice including nutrition, cooking, decorating, crafts, home organization, stress management, developmental guidelines, financial planning, and even limericks to evoke a smile.

Our organization's birthday is in September and we typically celebrate with a kickoff event. It's a chance for members who may not have seen each other as often during the summer months to reconnect, as well as an opportunity to introduce new friends to the group.

This is followed in October by our trick or treating Halloween party. Moms nights out, book club, playgroups, trips to area museums, play spaces, and parks, and visits to assisted living facilities all add options to the Parents of Tots' experience. Our holiday party, winter blues' bouncy party, and spring fling are favorite annual events.

Tot Time, a monthly play date, developed as an idea to help keep members connected. A theme is chosen, and the room decorated--crafts and stories occupy the children, and a fun snack completes the hour. Parent volunteers make this happen and it is funded by our membership fee. Tot Time started in 2007 and continues to be a popular activity for children and parents alike.

Monthly meetings, hosted in members' homes, allow the group a chance to communicate and plan. Parents of Tots is as strong as its active membership because everything operates on a volunteer basis. The flexibility of participating in the events and field trips that work for your schedule and the wealth of information offered in our publications and website give members a great resource. Making friends, contributing to the community, and reaching out to others on our parenting journey proves to be rewarding and helps us to be better parents.

PoT members stay connected through the monthly e-newsletter and our members-only Facebook group.  Our low $25 per year membership dues, which have not increased in over 15 years, make Parents of Tots accessible to most. 

Ready to sign up?  Join PoT by visiting our membership page.  Not ready to take the plunge yet?  Use the form below to subscribe to get occasional emails about PoT and events that are open to the public.  Or request a complimentary copy of our last e-newsletter by emailing pot.president@gmail.com

 

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