Suggested Parents & Family Groups near California
The Contra Costa County Moms Meetup Group
The CCC Moms Group is a wonderful, supportive group of Moms who enjoy each other's company during twice weekly park playdates in Central Contra Costa County. We typically have weekly music groups, monthly Girls Night Out, family nights, field trips, quarterly book club, and other seasonal activities. We're a very active group; members MUST be interested in meeting and forming friendships with other moms and attend at LEAST one meetup per month.
•This group is open to stay at home moms and working moms (including moms-to-be) of children from newborn to those in kindergarten.
•All park meetups are at 10am (We have one Saturday morning and one Afternoon playdate per month)
•To help build relationships we have a limit of 125 members
•Membership is $20 per year (September thru September) and is payable via private PayPal. We do not accept cash.
Making friends can seem intimidating and hard, but it doesn't have to be! Come frequently to meetups, be social and friendly, and the rest will fall into place naturally. We are a drama free organization, so keep in mind common rules of courtesy, and you will find some wonderful friendships here.
Diablo Valley Homeschool Group
***Please note that all prospective members must first meet with the organizers at an event within 30 days of applying before membership requests are approved. Once you submit your information to join you will be contacted by one of our organizers with upcoming event information to attend. Please make sure to check your Meetup Messages so you don't miss out!***
This community is focused on healthy, long lasting friendships and shared learning. The purpose of this group is to bring together families in the Contra Costa County and surrounding areas to build friendships, a support network, and cooperative learning opportunities.
Our Code of Conduct: Because we have a multi-age group, we remind all families, especially the older children, that they are influencing the younger crowd and so we ask that they act appropriately. Our group does not allow name-calling, or destructive/disrespectful behavior. We are building a community of friends and we expect that everyone act in a respectful way (this pertains to children and adults).
Who are we? We are a group of families who share a passion for teaching our children through homeschooling. Our group is focused on school aged children (K-12) but younger siblings are welcome. We believe that children of all ages socializing together is a part of healthy development.
What do we do? We have weekly park days in the Contra Costa County areas. Additionally we have monthly Mom's Night Out and sometimes extend that to Parents' Night Out and Family Fun Nights. It is our goal to have other activities such as nature walks, movie nights, even co-op learning groups available for families to participate in. Families may participate in any and all events, but are welcome to opt out of any that don't meet their families needs or interests. We do require that all families attend a MINIMUM of one park day per month. This ensures building strong, lasting friendships.
When do we meet? We get together every Friday at 10 A.M. in the summer and 10:30 A.M. in the winter for weekly park day play groups. Additional events will be scheduled at various times.
Where do we meet? For most events we meet somewhere in the East and Central areas of Contra Costa County. We may occasionally schedule field trips that are outside of the county as well.
How can your family participate? Join our group! We are always looking to make great connections for children and parents - the more the merrier! Send us a request to join and tell us a little bit about your family. Then come to a meetup and start making connections!
Membership fees - We do require all families to pay membership fees of $10 per family for the year. For all new incoming families, you will have a 3 month probationary period to check out our group, make new friendships and discover if our group is a good fit for your family. At the end of that 3 month period, new families are required to pay the membership dues to stay active members.
DaVinci Homeschool Group
San Leandro, CA
The DaVinci Homeschool Group is a friendly & supportive group geared for families who are actively homeschooling. We have all ages, including a strong teen presence.
We are located in the SF East Bay Area, and meet primarily in San Leandro, San Lorenzo, Castro Valley & Hayward. Our weekly park day is on Tuesdays.
We are a secular group that encourages diversity and our members vary in homeschooling styles, religions, political views, family structures, and probably anything else you can think of.
This group identifies as a community. Communities exist and thrive when all members are active and engaged. We are not just a network or a calendar of events, we are here for the connection. The things we do are possible because we are all working together to make this a fun, caring, and supportive homeschool community. We want to help our children build lasting friendships and at the same time build those kinds of relationships for ourselves too.
Our weekly park day is an important part of our community and the best place to come socialize and connect with the group. We expect every member to be an active participant and require members to attend an event at least once every 60 days, but that number is a bare minimum which we hope members strive to exceed. Our intention is for those who join the group, to also be looking for a community that they can identify with and actively participate in. This group is more than just an online resource, we do need to see you in person. :)
We meet for field trips, art & craft activities, park days, holiday parties, nature walks/hikes, social activities, and lots of hanging out and having fun. We feel that activities for our children are very important, but we also think that it's important for the parent who stays home to get some time to themselves too, so we have a parent's book club and a reoccurring parent's night (or day) out.
We don't offer classes or structured learning situations. To learn about those type of activities offered in the Bay Area, we recommend joining the SF Bay Area Homeschool Network on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/groups/1537398423139116 or checking out Outschool classes at outschool.com.
We look forward to meeting you soon!
To learn more, please read our "About Us" page here: http://www.meetup.com/DaVinci/about/
**You should receive a message with details about upcoming park days within 48 hours. (If you haven't received a message and are concerned that we missed you, feel free to email us at firstname.lastname@example.org) Meetup may not send a message to your email address, please check your message center here on the Meetup. Thank you!**
Santa Maria Homeschool Group
Santa Maria, CA
The purpose of this group is to provide homeschool meet-up opportunities for families in Santa Maria. We will be planning park play dates as well as homeschool field trips. These meet-ups are a great opportunity for kids and parents to socialize and have fun. Often times at park days, a parent will offer a quick lesson or kids will present a project they have been working on. Attendees under the age of 18 must have a guardian with them at all times.
CIRCLE of Homeschoolers
Citrus Heights, CA
CIRCLE of Homeschoolers - (Children Involved in a Respectful Cooperative Learning Environment)
WHO ARE WE? We are homeschoolers. You can use an umbrella school, some families use a private school affidavit, most use a local homeschool charter school. Regardless of means, method, or philosophy we all just homeschool. We have kids of all ages from babies to teens and we plan a variety of activities that will appeal to all ages, as well as some that are specific to particular age groups.
WHAT WE DO AND WHERE? We typically have several events a week and for the most part they are held in Fair Oaks, Folsom, and Roseville then wherever else our adventures take us! Our events include park days, field trips, educational days, holiday parties, creek days, classes, etc. are held throughout the surrounding areas.
OUR ATMOSPHERE! To help our group thrive we need our group events to be harmonious. We like our events to be peaceful, inclusive, and filled with kindness. We try to avoid having an atmosphere that includes yelling, being unkind or harsh, or filled with drama. This goes for both the parents and the kids.
We do ask that all older kids remember that they are influencing the younger crowd and that they behave appropriately. We do not allow cursing, name-calling, or destructive/disrespectful behavior at our events. We can share information on our favorite curriculum and our favorite homeschool classes while our kids have a chance to learn and play together knowing that they are in a safe environment. If parents need to address issues with their kids, we ask that it is done so in a respectful way.
PARTICIPATION This group requires in-person participation and support from its members to be successful. We ask that each family contribute by hosting an event in some way: by setting up a field trip or tour, hosting a co-op, opening up their homes for an event, planning a park day, planning a themed park day, etc. With each family planning at least ONE event per year (you can even plan an event with a friend) we can greatly enrich our homeschool year. There are many ways you can help, just let us know what your strengths are and what you can offer to the group. When you know what you want to do, send me the information and I will post it on Meetup.
FEES This group does require an annual fee. Dues, $15.00 per family, are good through OCTOBER 2022. This will fund the Meetup.com site, but will also help the group by having people actually commit to being a part of it. Often free groups have lots of lookers without many active participants. By charging a fee, people tend to feel more committed and want to "get their money's worth" from the group by attending events and participating.
PROCESS TO JOIN We do require that you complete the profile questions (so we can learn about you), that you have a profile picture of yourself and/or your kids (this is so we can find you at the meetups), and attend an event or two before your membership is approved. Upon requesting to join, I will send you the details of the next three “Park Days” on our calendar, for a free trial if you will. Our Park Days can be simple to just get together and sometimes are themed and we are having a party or special activity. You do not need to arrive “on time” to Park Days as they are fluid and people come and go as their schedule allows. So if you will be an hour late that will be fine - the only exception is if it is a themed day because there will be a start time for activities so you may miss out if late. If that won’t bother you or your kids then still try to come! After attending at least one event should you decide the group is a good fit for your family, pay the annual dues, and the approval will be made.
LASTLY, WE ARE A NUT-FREE GROUP. Okay, we may be nutty homeschoolers, but because of the life-threatening allergies of some of our members, we do not allow nuts of any kinds (including peanut butter and other nut butters) at any of our events. If your food says it may be processed at a facility with nuts, it's okay to bring. If it contains nuts, it is not. [If you can only think of foods containing peanuts now and need an alternative; my kids like sunbutter (it’s made from sunflower seeds) better than peanut butter.]
If our group sounds like a good fit for you so far, please click above to join!! We look forward to meeting you and your homeschooling family soon!!
Bay Area Single Parents !
Mountain View, CA
Who We Are:
We are a vital and active community of single parents. Our group provides a low pressure way to connect with other single parents on hikes, kids activities, dinners out, events with other single families and more. We average 5+ events per week.
Parenting solo is not easy. The mission of this group is to get single parents and children out interacting with each other for fun, support and friendship, and to enhance lives in the process.
Note: this is not a “singles” dating group. While we do not discourage dating in the group, our focus is on activities and events that foster friendships and support for the parents and kids in our group.
Also, we do not allow former partners of existing members to join the group. See the "About BASP" document below for more information.
See the following pages for more information
Profiles without a full face photo, good introduction or interests and groups blocked will likely not be approved!
Our group sponsors are also single parents:
These individuals and businesses help keep this group going. Please patronize and thank them for the generous donations to our group.
Welcome to The Bay Area Single Parents Meetup Group!
Medical Freedom Social Group
This is a social group for those that choose and/or support Medical Freedom. This is not a political group. We are a non-partisan, social group of like-minded individuals that believe in bodily autonomy and the right to be informed consumers and have choice in what we put in our bodies. This group is for social activities with the intention to build community and support for one another, while we enjoy and unwind together. We will have various events including Park Picnics, Game Nights, Hiking, and more. No hate speech of any kind will be tolerated. Key words: unvaxxed, unvaxed, COVID, prochoice, vaccination, unclean, jab, truthers, truth, pandemic, plandemic, world order, new world, reset, shedding, passports
MOMS Club-Simi Valley
Simi Valley, CA
Welcome to MOMS Club Simi Valley!
MOMS Club is a support group designed to meet the needs of today’s mother. We host a variety of activities including park days, play dates, field trips to various locations, community service projects, and seasonal parties. Don’t forget Moms Night Out, the best way to really get to know the other members in the group! Every member is encouraged to suggest activities for the monthly calendar. This ensures that the things you enjoy doing with your little ones can be shared with others. Of course children are welcome to all activities.
We are not simply a play group, but a group designed to support MOM. Our members are looking to make lifelong friends as well as create meaningful, lasting friendships for their children. We encourage lots of participation. The more activities you attend, the more you will benefit from the group.
We know that being an at-home mother means making a financial sacrifice, so dues to our local chapter are only $25 per year. Please feel free to email us if you’re interested in joining our group, or have any other questions regarding MOMS Club. We'd love to hear from you! MOMSClubSimiValley@gmail.com
Hope to see you soon!
MOMS Club Simi Valley serves moms living in Simi Valley!
To find a chapter near you...
The MOMS Club® is a nonprofit corporation and a 501 (C) (3) publicly-supported charity.
Alameda Family Collective
Alameda Family Collective (AFC) is a 501(c)3 non-profit group for local families with young children (under ten years old) who want to participate in and/or create opportunities to engage and enrich our community. Volunteers host playdates, holiday parties, educational nights, family picnics, book club, and service activities. Our goal is to connect and strengthen our diverse community by providing resources and opportunities to learn, serve, and be together.
To keep our community safe, we ask all members to sign up to Meetup accounts with real names. One sign up per family is sufficient; however, please include all adults' names who may attend events on their own, such as a spouse, partner, nanny, or grandparent. Please use an identifiable picture for your Meetup profile that includes all soloing adults (no sunglasses, please). If multiple adults from the same family are signing up separately, please make sure to note in the questionnaire to avoid double charging of the membership fee.
The membership fee of $25 per family will be required annually after a 30-day trial period on the Meetup group. We also offer full-year scholarships for those unable to pay at this time.
parental alienation support meetup (Sacramento area)
January 16 is this month's seminar & support group call by the Family Access organization, listed below. Click "read more" and scroll down for this and much, much more info related to parental alienation. This group is for parents (moms and dads) who have been unreasonably estranged from their children due to "parental alienation" (defined below). Adult children who were affected by this are also welcome. Typically our ex-spouses, the allied-favored alienating parents, have some combination of borderline, narcissistic or antisocial personality disorder traits, often including sociopathy / psychopathy. We will share experiences, strategies and support each other. Meetings are approximately monthly "Parental alienation" is a term which has been used to characterize a set of family dynamics in which a child is influenced by one parent into rejecting a relationship with the other parent, who is otherwise a normal-range and affectionally available parent. This typically occurs following a divorce, although the process can begin while the family is still intact. The more accurate term for "parental alienation" is "pathogenic parenting" (patho = pathological; genic = genesis, creation). Pathogenic parenting refers to parenting practices that are so aberrant and distorted that they produce significant psychopathology in the child. In professional psychology, the term "pathogenic parenting" is most often used in the context of distortions to the child's attachment system, since the attachment system does not spontaneously or independently dysfunction, but only becomes dysfunctional in response to problematic and "pathogenic parenting" practices. The correct clinical term for what has traditionally been referred to as "parental alienation" is pathogenic parenting involving a parentally induced suppression of the child's attachment bonding motivations toward a normal-range and affectionally available parent. An induced attachment system disorder. At the same time as the child entirely rejects a relationship with the targeted-rejected parent, they show a corresponding hyper-bonding motivation toward the allied and favored alienating parent, along with a range of characteristic psychopathology and impairment of development, much of which has been ignored by most of the mental health and legal systems, which lack specialized expertise in assessing, diagnosing and treating this worldwide issue. Pathogenic parenting is the issue of concern. The borderline / narcissist / antisocial parent is creating significant psychopathology in the child in order to meet the parent's own emotional and psychological needs. This is child psychological abuse, a child protection issue, not a custody issue. Seminar & Support Group call info: familyaccessfightingforchildrensrights.com/upcoming-events.html (free) Note that calls listed on the above site as "Support Call for Parents of Adult Alienated Children" are closed unless you sign up and wait on a long list for your turn to be one of the five parents on the call. Other calls open to anyone. isnaf.info/meetings/ ($10) December 2020 update: "Don't take anything personally" - a hard but important lesson, here presented on pages 44-49 of a 90 page pdf: [https://pdfkeep.com/en/personal-growth/The-Four-Agreements-Don-Miguel-Ruiz.pdf](https://pdfkeep.com/en/personal-growth/The-Four-Agreements-Don-Miguel-Ruiz.pdf) One way to find additional support in COVID times: on meetup.com, search for "parental alienation," change the distance setting to "any distance," and you'll find some other groups elsewhere offering support via zoom or teleconference. Some of our members have come to this group via the same route. November 2020 update: on the importance of appearing emotionless and boring to your sociopathic ex: [https://www.psychologytoday.com/us/blog/outsmarting-the-sociopath-next-door/202005/the-silver-bullet-in-custody-battle-sociopath](https://www.psychologytoday.com/us/blog/outsmarting-the-sociopath-next-door/202005/the-silver-bullet-in-custody-battle-sociopath) - also google "gray rock" check out this group: isnaf.info (International Support Network of Alienated Families) - they have monthly aupport group calls, a grief program and more. a great new book: Outsmarting the Sociopath Next Door, by Martha Stout, Ph.D., 2020 March 2018 updates: Live Facebook Video Chats with Director Ginger Gentile are back! How do we build a winning movement to reunite families? Director Ginger Gentile shares lessons on how to build a global movement that will reunite families #erased by divorce courts. What has worked in other countries? How do we get people to support children's rights to have both parents in their lives? Join us each Tuesday at 5pm EST 8pm PST on Facebook. You can ask questions live. Videos are always available on [www.ErasingFamily.org](https://l.facebook.com/l.php?u=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.ErasingFamily.org%2F&h=ATOeVRZTE0MnzXrbFwGZnM9QqnOZqYvx3MTpGdkmXsGiwu7P0oKq5ypan4rPCxxl6B9jfpv526QZO4_QaJKg99HBAt1G7MwPD6GK71GYrRyCiXt7s6aAPuci) and [www.Facebook.com/ErasingFamily](http://www.facebook.com/ErasingFamily) an adult alienated child's website - includes podcasts: [https://danalaquidara.com](https://danalaquidara.com/) February 2018 updates: A couple of websites for those who had relationships / children with psychopaths: [http://www.parentingtheatriskchild.com](http://www.parentingtheatriskchild.com) Liane Leedom is a psychiatrist who married and had a son with a psychopath. Her book "Just Like His Father?" is about parenting kids who have a genetic risk for anti-social behavior, as well as ADHD and addiction. [http://aftermath-surviving-psychopathy.org](http://aftermath-surviving-psychopathy.org) A superb site with the top experts contributing; also has some great podcasts on the topic. In October 2017 the Parental Alienation Study Group had its first open conference; you can watch the presentations by the experts here at the PASG youtube channel: [https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCOYr0F6mXaUY1d_ntv-_Lvg/videos?disable_polymer=1](https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCOYr0F6mXaUY1d_ntv-_Lvg/videos?disable_polymer=1) August 2017 updates: Karen Woodall's long-awaited book "Understanding Parental Alienation: Learning to Cope, Helping to Heal" is finally available and has good advice for those who still have some contact with their child, also Karen was a former alienated child herself: [https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0398091757/ref=ox_sc_act_title_1?smid=ATVPDKIKX0DER&psc=1](https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0398091757/ref=ox_sc_act_title_1?smid=ATVPDKIKX0DER&psc=1) Erasing Family Documentary: learning about this upcoming film and help to support it: [http://erasingfamily.org/](http://erasingfamily.org/) Also at the link you can watch the director's previous film "Erasing Dad" (Borrando a Papa, spanish with english subtitles, produced in Argentina, available on youtube) Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg has given an emotional UC Berkeley commencement address and written a book, "Option B: Facing Adversity, Building Resilience, and Finding Joy," about coping with devastating loss (her husband died abruptly two years ago), which are both inspirational and relevant to the situation of the target parent of alienated kids: [https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kcoBoVR1uVI](https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kcoBoVR1uVI) [https://www.amazon.com/Option-Adversity-Building-Resilience-Finding/dp/1524732680/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1502336322&sr=8-1&keywords=option+B](https://www.amazon.com/Option-Adversity-Building-Resilience-Finding/dp/1524732680/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1502336322&sr=8-1&keywords=option+B) Mommy Interrupted Radio Show is a good listen, with host Kristi Beck, who was erased from her daughter's life. A variety of ways to access by internet, I get shows off youtube and convert to mp3, but there's sure to be a more direct way to get them. Listening to the comments of adult children of alienation, who have returned to the long lost parent, is always good. In addition to Karen Woodall and Ryan Thomas, mentioned below, three others are Dorcy Pruter [http://www.consciouscoparentinginstitute.com/](http://www.consciouscoparentinginstitute.com/) Amanda Sillars [https://www.emmm.org.au/](https://www.emmm.org.au/) and an alienated daughter (don't know her name) who writes Mother Erased: a Memoir, which is a blog at [https://thefourthagreement.wordpress.com/](https://thefourthagreement.wordpress.com/) She recently indicated that she will start a podcast on behalf of alienated children. A word of caution about Dorcy Pruter: she has a valid message and important things to say, but also no formal training or education, is a former "life coach" and has chosen to monetize what she has to offer in a (to me) disturbing scam / multilevel marketing-type way involving absurd amounts of money charged for little substance. I've seen her in person and would say listen to whatever you can on the internet for free - there is value, but don't spend a dime (for example, there's a very good interview of her and Craig Childress on Mommy Interrupted Radio Show, 4/16/2017). H.G. Beverly's book "The Other Side of Charm: Your Memoir" is a unique portrayal of intimate life with a charming psychopath for a spouse, through courtship and marriage, divorce, alienation of the children . . . written entirely in the 2d person voice ("you . . .") If you've experienced this, it's very insightful and rings true. The blogs of Karen Woodall and Craig Childress remain my best daily source of inspiration and understanding on this issue: [https://karenwoodall.wordpress.com/](https://karenwoodall.wordpress.com/) [https://drcraigchildressblog.com/](https://drcraigchildressblog.com/) Also Dr. Childress' website: [http://drcachildress.org/asp/site/parentalalienation/index.asp](http://drcachildress.org/asp/site/parentalalienation/index.asp) End of August 2017 updates To start getting a state of the art understanding of what you and your children are really dealing with: [http://dr-childress-i...](http://dr-childress-index.droppages.com/) Karen Woodall has the best advice re: how to interact with these kids if you still have some contact. These 4 blog posts (on empathic responding) are some of my favorites: [https://karenwoodall....](https://karenwoodall.wordpress.com/2014/01/29/when-children-reject-you-using-empathy-to-challenge-the-alienation-process/) [https://karenwoodall....](https://karenwoodall.wordpress.com/2014/02/03/preparing-for-empathic-responding-with-an-alienated-child/) [https://karenwoodall....](https://karenwoodall.wordpress.com/2014/02/10/sowing-the-seeds-of-doubt-first-stage-empathic-responding-with-an-alienated-child/) [https://karenwoodall....](https://karenwoodall.wordpress.com/2016/01/30/helping-terri/) The book "The Power of Validation" by Karyn Hall and Melissa Cook is also helpful for learning this, especially for those of us who were rarely validated ourselves as children. These are two blog posts every target parent should read, about taking care of yourself in light of the trauma that is being inflicted on you: [https://karenwoodall....](https://karenwoodall.wordpress.com/2016/10/08/helping-the-hopeless-caring-for-the-alienated-parent/) (responses are great, too) [https://drcraigchildr...](https://drcraigchildressblog.com/2015/04/03/coping-with-the-trauma-of-parental-alienation/) Karen's 2d blog (apparently discontinued, but still has good stuff up), described as for those: "who are on the journey beyond where they can rescue their children and who are learning how to wait and hope and seeking to live a congruent life whilst doing so. . . . my journey on that road beyond the court process and into the world where parents wait for their children to get free. I will be sharing stories on here from parents whose children did get free and will be interviewing children as well as their parents about those things which helped them most. Here is where those who wait are welcome. Here is where we will not push the river but learn how to help it flow. [https://acongruentlif...](https://acongruentlife.wordpress.com/) Ryan Thomas is an adult alienated child who eventually saw the light, reconciled with his dad and now coaches targeted parents: [http://www.ryanthomas...](http://www.ryanthomasspeaks.com/) Two more: [https://sites.google....](https://sites.google.com/site/centralohiopa/) [http://april25.org/...](http://april25.org/) Consider joining the National Alliance for Targeted Parents and becoming an informed part of the movement to end this: [http://www.targetedpa...](http://www.targetedparent.com/) Karen's advice to the mother of a completely alienated adult daughter who can't tolerate mom's presence rings true to me: "From her perspective, she is likely to be under so much pressure/charm/threat/anxiety/distortion within her relationship with her father that she is unable to see anything any differently and that is the legacy her relationship with her father has handed to her. For now. Until one day the sense of cognitive dissonance she is currently able to bear, may fracture for one reason or another – his death perhaps, her contact with someone who challenges her, the coming to consciousness of the underlying dynamics he is burying with his controlling behaviours. In real terms, as she is an adult, there is little you can do other than to live well and healthily knowing it is not you, it is him and leaving all the possibilities for her return open without spending time by the door waiting for her. Your live must be lived and lived well. Her life has its own trajectory which will include, at some point, questions, anxieties, hauntings and other signs that she may follow one day. Alienated adult children who are convinced [the problem] is you can grow to become toxic, and protection from the double whammy of father and daughter ganging up against you is an absolute must in situations like yours." The above quote is in the comments from this controversial post: [https://karenwoodall....](https://karenwoodall.wordpress.com/2017/05/30/parental-alienation-as-a-false-allegation/) It's worth reading the post and all the comments. The claim that one's child has been alienated against you is sometimes untrue, or not fully true to that the extent the target parent thinks, as explored in the post. Thanks for reading and feel free to message me with comments or questions. David
Westside of Los Angeles Gifted
Santa Monica, CA
Welcome! We are a group of families with intellectually gifted children on the Westside of Los Angeles. We started this group because we were surprised to find very little in the way of a gifted community on the Westside. While all children are unique in their gifts and challenges, highly to profoundly gifted children often have a hard time finding true peers because of their asynchronous development. Our main goal is to facilitate long-lasting friendships and a supportive community among local member families, so we ask that members live on the Westside or be within a realistic driving distance to be able to meet with us regularly. Among our group, there is a significant and growing number of gifted homeschoolers and unschoolers, and we will gather regularly for parents' night out, monthly weekend park days, enrichment and field trips.
In addition to regularly scheduled parent meetings, we will also have occasional family activities and host special events like parent education seminars. For the homeschoolers in the group, we will have group activities, field trips and workshops. Parents of gifted and twice-exceptional children ages 0-17 are welcome to join (formal identification not necessary but it is helpful for screening purposes). For more info regarding how to identify giftedness based on characteristics, check out the information available at an excellent resource for gifted families, Hoagies' Gifted website, or see the Gifted Development Center's Gifted Characteristics Scale). Here is a link to a list of some helpful books on giftedness: Gifted Identity's Recommended Reading List.
This group is meant to be an active, in-person meet up for gifted families to connect. Therefore, we encourage members to attend at least one event within 30 days of joining. If you are interested in planning or hosting an event, please get in touch with us and we will help you coordinate.
One of the greatest challenges in childhood will be coping with the understanding of how different the gifted child is from their age-mates, and even from other gifted children. Finding ways for your gifted child to interact with true peers is one of the surest way to help them (and you might find the same goes for you, too!). Let's find a safe haven for gifted parents (yes, giftedness stays with you for your entire lifespan!) and children to feel accepted for who they are, intensities, sensitivities and all! We look forward to heart-to-heart talks amongst parents while our kids have fun and make new friends!
Educators often see giftedness as an advanced capacity to learn. But, as parents, we all know that this is a very narrow understanding of giftedness. Giftedness is a unique neurological difference that stays with you all your life. Intensity, sensitivity and overexcitability are primary characteristics of the highly gifted, often classified using psychiatrist Kazimierz Dabrowski’s “overexcitabilities” framework. The further along the IQ spectrum these children are, the more intense they are likely to be.
The gifted child is more aware, more sensitive and more capable of taking in life experience and therefore, more vulnerable. No matter how advanced their intellectual understanding is, it is likely to outstrip their emotional coping skills because of limited life experience. Gifted children have astounding educational, social, spiritual and emotional needs stemming from their intensity and asynchronous development. Sadly, it is painfully common that gifted people, their families, teachers and medical professionals are unaware of the special emotional needs of the gifted. For 2e children (intellectually gifted and have learning differences or disabilities), the duality of their exceptionality can be doubly challenging for their families and themselves.
Westside of Los Angeles Gifted is a parent volunteer-run organization. For the security and privacy of our members, we ask that you fill out our Meetup questionnaire to tell us more information about you and your family so we can verify that you are a parent of a gifted child. Once you become a member and we can confirm the above, you will be given instructions on how to join our active Facebook page, a wonderful benefit of membership. Through the group, you will have access to information from our community including advice, social opportunities, professional resources and recommendations, recommended reading and more. If you have questions about your specific situation, this is the place to ask and receive feedback and support from our wonderfully supportive members.
PLEASE READ BEFORE JOINING. BY JOINING, YOU AGREE TO THE FOLLOWING:
1) Code of Conduct: We are an inclusive and diverse group and we ask that all of you remember that we are all doing our best for what's right for our own children. Members should be considerate of other members and be responsible for their own family's behavior and safety and help foster a friendly and nonviolent atmosphere. Please do not engage in bullying, harassment, flaming, or other aggressive behavior in person or online.
In order to maintain a positive community, we ask that children (and parents alike) please behave and communicate in a friendly and cooperative manner, respect everyone's differences, and be open to conflict resolution amongst yourselves. WLAG founders/moderators cannot act as mediators. Should a conflict arise (whether parent-parent, parent-child, child-child), the direct parties involved are responsible for conflict resolution. If circumstances arise while at a Meetup or on Facebook, we will intervene only if necessary in the interest of the group.
2) RSVPs: Please only RSVP if you truly intend to attend an event. Members who immediately sign up to hold a spot only to eventually back out are preventing other members from making plans and attending an event. While we understand that circumstances preventing attendance happen, please update your RSVP to give at least 24 HOURS NOTICE if you unable to attend an event to give people on the waiting list a chance to attend in your place. If you're going to be late, notify the organizer either by posting a comment or contacting the Event Organizer.
If there are multiple last-minute cancellations, they may be considered a "no show," as determined on an individual basis subject to the discretion of the Meetup Organizers. If you demonstrate three no shows within a time period of a year, you risk being removed from the group subject to the discretion of the Meetup organizers. Also, please do not show up to events without an RSVP. Some of our events may not have the capacity to include more than the attendance limits and in order to preserve good relationships with venues and vendors, we must adhere to this rule.
3) Advertising/Off-Topic or Inflammatory Posts/Research Recruitment: We do not allow members to post or message other members in order to advertise or sell products/services or build a customer base. Any off-topic posts (topics outside of those involving parenting and educating our children, giftedness and related subjects), derogatory or inflammatory posts, business or school promotion posts, research subject recruitment and the like will be deleted. Any person wishing to post/collect information as part of a research study must contact the admins who will review the request and post it if they feel it is appropriate. If you see any inappropriate posts, please message the organizers/moderators of our group know.
4) Confidentiality: Given the sensitive nature of this group, please keep what is posted (especially the location/date of Meetup events) as confidential and refrain from forwarding anything posted here without first receiving the original poster/organizer's permission.
5) Posting Events on Meetup: If you are interested in hosting or organizing an event, please contact the organizers for approval and so we can help you put it on our Meetup calendar.
6) Facebook Group Membership: One of the best benefits of our group is our online support group. We strive to screen all members prior to approval through approving only members of Meetup who have answered our questionnaire, friends of members or others we can confirm are really parents of gifted children (versus solicitors or bots). Look out for instructions in our welcome email on how to join the Facebook group. Please do not add people to the Facebook group unless they are a partner/guardian.
Please check the Files section in our Facebook group for member-recommended gifted-friendly professionals, activities, enrichment, schools, homeschooling info, book lists for sensitive readers, etc.) that may be helpful to you.
Disclaimer of Liability:
By participating in events of Westside of Los Angeles Gifted, you hereby assume all risk and impose no liability to Westside of Los Angeles Gifted or any of its organizers, members and their guests.
If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us. We look forward to getting to know you and your families!
We are a warm and welcoming group of moms that get together for playgroups, playdates, field trips, Mom's Night Outs, and much more! Most of all, this is a place where moms can connect and build lasting friendships for themselves and their kids. Most of our moms are from Moorpark, but we welcome moms from any of the surrounding towns. Most of our activities take place during weekday mornings and early afternoons. Our kids range in age from 0-8. Our group is a great way to meet new friends, especially if you're new to the area. We look forward to meeting you!
We meet every member before they join the group--this is just a safety precaution and not an interview. We have yearly membership dues of $11. You will have a 60 day trial membership with us to make sure we are the right group for you. We look forward to hearing from you!
Please make sure to check your spam folder after you request to join, unfortunately many of our emails end up there.
Single Moms by Choice-Los Angeles
Los Angeles, CA
This group provides a community of support for Single Moms by Choice (also known as SMC or Choice Moms), thinkers and triers who are living in Los Angeles County. A SMC is a woman who makes the deliberate choice to become a mother (most commonly through use of donor insemination, egg donation, or adoption/fostering) knowing from the outset that she will be the sole parent of her child.
Women who are thinking about becoming a single mom by choice, actively trying to become pregnant, or already are a SMC are welcome to join us. We host monthly gatherings and play dates for the kids that are open to all members along with meetups for thinkers/triers who have questions and need support. Our goal is to provide deeper connections between thinkers/triers and SMCs to help you navigate the pathway to and throughout motherhood, answer questions and to create a larger community in Los Angeles for SMCs and their children.
We know that how one becomes a single mother may encompass many other situations (divorce, separation, widowed, conceived using a partner no longer in the picture, etc.). For women who are single parents in the more traditional sense or are co-parenting, there are many other groups and resources available to support you but this group would not be appropriate.
https://www.singlemothersbychoice.org/ We encourage you to join this national network and to participate in the discussion forums for additional resources and support.
Sacramento Hikers with Kids
Get together with other hikers with kids. If you have an idea for a hike and would like some company, everyone is welcome to initiate an activity and we’ll gladly post it. “Plan the hike and they will come". Our average hike is generally 2-5 miles and there is usually a nice lake or picnic area for folks to stop short and catch us on the return if our little hikers would rather collect pine cones or chase lizards. We also do less hikey stuff like picnics, roller skating, swimming, etc. All ages are welcome. A brief BIO and your PICTURE are required. We do not require a fee to participated, but if you'd like to contribute to help offset our expenses, we sure appreciate it. Enjoy!
West Coast Watercraft Enthusiasts, Adventure Riders & Beyond
Marina del Rey, CA
The WCWCC, A Division of West Coast Watercraft Riders in California (SOCAL) Jet Rider Nation California, Arizona and Nevada!!! California based organization, JetSki Adventurers and Enthusiasts on the West Coast and Beyond… Our Personal Watercraft Adventure Riders are in Southern California, Northern California, Oregon, Washington, Canada, Utah, Nevada, and Arizona. We have made new connections in New York, Florida, Ohio, Tennessee, South Carolina, Louisiana and Texas. West Coast Watercraft was founded in 2012 by a group of experienced ocean, lake and river PWC enthusiasts who enjoy riding and exploring waterways throughout the entire West Coast and Beyond. Speaking of the ocean my first trip to Catalina was in 2005!!! The WCWCC is an adventure destination watercraft riding entity in SoCal, Southern and Northern California and continuing our 10th consecutive year as the hottest and respected organization in SoCal with over 40 planned rides a year!!! Since we are a Watercraft Riding entity, we have no restrictions on what types of watercraft's aka PWCs are used at our events and there are NO FEES to join. The WCWCC is a lifestyle branding PWC group associated with Jet Rider Nation, IJSBA, Pro Rider Magazine with over 50 sponsors that provide our club members with discounts. Being a member is free there are no fees or hidden costs. The WCWCC wants our members to participate and have a great time on the water. The WCWCC offers organized, non-organized jet ski rides and events all year around. Our PWC group visits, Catalina Avalon, Catalina Two Harbors, Long Beach, Newport Beach, Dana Point, Oceanside, San Diego, Mission Bay, Marina Del Rey, Channel Islands Harbor, Ventura, and Santa Barbara. When riding these areas, we always stop and take in the amazing view of the coastal communities and admire the scenery. Our away trips include Lake Shasta, Columbia River, Laughlin, Lake Mohave, Lake Havasu, Parker Strip, Blythe, Yuma AZ including a stop at Walters Camp (A WCWCC Sponsor) and well as our NorCal division offering over 1800 miles of river ways where you can see the Golden Gate, Napa Valley, Fisherman's Wharf, The Dead Fleet (retired ship are stored) Sacramento, and Stockton. In July 2021, the WCWCC did their 2nd cross country trip to Tennessee, South Carolina, Florida, New Orleans and Texas. Although we drove 8000 miles round trip and covered more than 2000 water miles, the members that participated still can't stop talking about the trip and we are already planning a 2022 trip again. Our 2022 riding schedule is already posted thanks to our newly formed committee. Lots of exciting untouched areas that the WCWCC will explore during their adventures. **YouTube Site:** **[https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCiz56OiTrj3HEsb86SVcaPg](https://youtu.be/msz32P_jXVI)** **Facebook: [https://www.facebook.com/WestCoast.Jetski.PWC.CLUB/](https://www.facebook.com/WestCoast.Jetski.PWC.CLUB/)** **Instagram: [https://www.instagram.com/wcwcc_pwc/?hl=en](https://www.instagram.com/wcwcc_pwc/?hl=en)** **YouTube: [https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCiz56OiTrj3HEsb86SVcaPg](https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCiz56OiTrj3HEsb86SVcaPg)** **Website: [www.wcwcc.com](http://www.wcwcc.com)** **WCWCC Club Sizzle:** [https://youtu.be/WYkv1QJd8ew](https://youtu.be/WYkv1QJd8ew) **[© 2022 West Coast Watercraft](http://www.pwcwestcoast.com) (#WCWCC, #WCWCC_PWC)**
MOMS Club of Yorba Linda
Yorba Linda, CA
MOMS Club of Yorba Linda is the local chapter of the International MOMS Club Nonprofit Organization. MOMS Club stands for Moms Offering Moms Support and our chapter offers a variety of play dates, park days, story times, and Moms Night Out events to create a forum of support and help you establish new friendships with moms and children in Yorba Linda. We also engage in a service project each year to support our local community.
If you live in the 92886 and 92887 zip codes, we would love to have you join us!
Click the "Contact Us" link or email MOMSClubofYorbaLinda@gmail.com and we will send you additional information about joining. You can also view our website for more information www.momsclubofyorbalinda.wordpress.com
To find a MOMS Club in your area, please visit <a>www.MOMSClub.org.</a>
Just 4 Wives
Santa Barbara, CA
SB Wives is a place to begin new friendships, expand your circle of friends, make unexpected connections, learn new things, and just have fun.
This group is not just a socializing group of Wives. The goal is to create a group of wives with meaningful true friendships.
The plan is to meetup at different spots around SB, dinners, brunch, spa day, hiking, biking, wives/couples get-a-way.
If you are looking to meet some awesome and happily married couples, join us.
I believe Married People Need Married Friends.
Peninsula Empty Nesters
Have you recently sent a child off to college (or coming soon)? Are you feeling a strange void? Wondering what to do with your free time? The Peninsula Recent Empty Nesters are a group of friendly, dynamic adults who enjoy a wide variety of activities now that our kids have moved out and we have more free time. While socializing, it's easy to discuss the challenges and joys of parenting a college student and share insights learned along the way. Come celebrate or commiserate this exciting new chapter with us.
Some of our past events include: potlucks in members' homes; wine tasting and picnic in Napa; music in the park; hike to a local winery; cooking together in a member's home and private jazz concert. We encourage all members to suggest new events and guest host them.
We are currently recruiting more members, especially dad nesters to balance out the ratio of male to female members. Singles and couples are welcome. I hope to see you at an upcoming event.