Written by Wendy Todd
If you live in the metro boston area and have children under age 10, unless you've been living under a rock you've heard the news that Isis Parenting announced very suddenly that it would be closing it's doors effective immediately last Wednesday.
My first reaction to this news was very personal - I was in total shock and then began to take a walk down memory lane, sifting through pictures from my Great Beginnings class in early 2007 and my second time moms class from spring of 2011. As it has for so many of us, Isis served as the outlet I needed to get out of the house and connect in those hazy early days of motherhood, when I wasn't quite sure if I was up to the task of keeping another human being alive for the next 18 years. Like many of you I forged lifelong friendships both for myself and for my kids, by walking through those doors in 2007.
Now, as a few days have passed and an influx of information has begun to hit our inboxes, I realize that as an organization, Parent Talk also has a reaction to the news of Isis closing. We had a long-standing relationship with Isis, and so many of our members also took classes, shopped or otherwise leaned on Isis during the early years of parenthood. They were part of our community and we hate to see them go.
In the coming days, weeks and months as you may be searching for options to fill the void left by Isis closing, Parent Talk offers the following resources:
Our Yahoo! Group - Any information that we get about other local entities offering discounts or make-up classes to folks that were currently enrolled in a class at Isis will be posted to our Yahoo! Group. We encourage members of the Parent Talk community to also post information they are aware of on the same string. For more information on the Yahoo! Group: http://www.parenttalk.info/members/offerings/online-discussion-group.php
Our Facebook Page - similarly we will post information that we received about discounts or make-up classes for folks that were currently enrolled in a class at Isis. We encourage members of the Parent Talk community to also post information they are aware of on our Facebook Page as well. Parent Talk's facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/ParentTalk
Our Playgroups - While not a facilitated playgroup like the Great Beginnings or Next Step classes at Isis, Parent Talk's play groups are a great resource to connect with other parents of similarly aged children: http://www.parenttalk.info/members/groups/playgroups.php