Upcoming Events

Parents Forum Meetup at Winthrop MA Library, 2 Metcalf Square

JOIN US:  July 25, August 8, August 22, 2017, 6:15-7:45pm

This Parents Forum meet-up offers facilitated, parenting-focused discussions that build positive behavior change through sharing experiences. It is for parents with children of any age who are interested in taking a good look at how feelings affect family life.

Many parents do a wonderful job raising their children but most of us struggle at least now and then. Our hope is that people who come to the meet-up will gain confidence and competence in their relationships.

The facilitators, Therese Ockenden and Eve Sullivan, are two parenting educators who are passionate about encouraging caring, honest and respectful communications in families. We see sharing experiences as a powerful way for parents to help each other and we want to share with you what research tells us about strong, successful families. We have learned simple strategies that you can use immediately.

Each meeting will start with a short exercise from the book “Where the Heart Listens,” written by Eve. Then a guided discussion will follow participants’ interests.

We will meet the 2nd and 4th Tuesday of each month at the Winthrop Library,

2 Metcalf Square, Winthrop MA 02152, 6:15 -7:45pm.

We started on July 11, 2017, next dates are July 25, August 8, August 22.

There is parking behind the library and on the street. The library is wheel chair accessible via the front door entrance/street parking.

Fruit, veggies, and water provided, participants welcome to bring a brown bag meal.

No childcare available. To cover cost of meet-up and snacks, suggested donation $5+.

Minimum number of participants: 5, maximum: 18.

Handouts will be provided.

Where the Heart Listens”, the Parents Forum handbook, will be available for purchase at $10 (list price: $18.95) but is not required.

Registration requested, but walk-ins are welcome.

Past Events

Parents Forum Meetup at Winthrop MA Library, 2 Metcalf Square

July 11, 2017, 6:15-7:45pm

This Parents Forum meet-up offers facilitated, parenting-focused discussions that build positive behavior change through sharing experiences. It is for parents with children of any age who are interested in taking a good look at how feelings affect family life.

Details are above under Upcoming Events.

May 15, 2017, 3-5:00pm

Parents Forum is pleased to announce a celebration of 25th anniversary, on Monday, May 15th, of International Day of Families, to feature a workshop “Spotlight on Conversation”* and a talk by Rev. Liz Walker, former WBZ television anchor, now pastor at Roxbury Presbyterian Church. Rev. Walker will speak on the theme of International Day of Families: “Families, Education and Wellbeing”.

The 3:00 to 5:00 pm event is cosponsored by Africans in Boston and will be held at The Porter Square Hotel, 1924 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge. Tickets are $25 in advance via Eventbrite.

To register go to Eventbrite http://bit.ly/2ogng0z.

For more information, please contact info@parentsforum.org or call 617-864-3802.

Venue: Porter Square Hotel, 1924 Mass. Ave. Cambridge MA 02140

April 4, 2017, 1:15 – 2:30pm

United Nations Conference “Intergenerational relations in an ageing worldhttp://bit.ly/2nJNHZc organized by the Permanent Mission of Hungary and IFFD.org at the 50th session of the Commission on Population and Development.

Location: United Nations Headquarters, New York , NY

Speaker: Eve Sullivan

Topic: “Parenting education: cornerstone of intergenerational solidarity”

We are waving the flag for parent peer support nonstop!

Many thanks to Ms. Katalin Bogyay, Ignacio Socías, Bahira Sherif Trask, Esuna Dugarova, Donna Butts, Alex Vazquez!

February 14, 2017

Love is actually * not * all you need! / Communications skills are essential

HealthWorks, Porter Square, Cambridge, Mass.

Lobby table with program information and survey on parents’ preferences regarding education and support

Spotlight on Conversation

Come hear about how to have effective and productive conversations!

We will meet in room 1-132 at MIT. Join us, share your ideas while enjoying pizza and beverages.

When: January 22, 2017 1:00pm – 3:00pm

Location: MIT 1-132

Registration: Open Attendance

Spotlight on Conversation

Come hear about new developments in Parents Forum offerings!

We will meet in the Michaels Store classroom. Look for the store entrance between Tags and Star Market, in the Porter Square Shopping Center (on the RedLine T).

When: September 12, 2016 2:00pm – 3:30pm

Location: Michaels Arts and Crafts Store, 37 White Street, Cambridge, MA, 02140

Registration: Open Attendance

 Beyond The Lock-Down: Social-Emotional Learning, School Safety and School/Community Culture

This promises to be a very rich discussion. The Wednesday, June 12, conference details, on the Social Emotional Learning for Massachusetts (SAM) site: http://www.sel4mass.org, include this background . . .

Educators are expected to keep students safe while maintaining challenging student environments. The call for safety often translates into additional hardware and protocols, but this fails to address the core issue: How to educate the whole child in a safe, inclusive culture, with limited resourcs and a multitude of competing initiatives. Social-Emotional Learning is an essential and invaluable contributor to a safe, inclusive school culture.

. . . and parents are key participants in these conversations.

NOTE ADDED: Registration filled up in just a few days, but you can sign up for the SAM mailing list, join SAM and stay informed of activities in this important effort at http://www.sel4mass.org .

When: June 12, 2013 12:30pm – 4:00pm

Location: Wellesley College Club, 727 Washington Street, Wellesley, MA, 02482

Registration: Registration Required (Sign-up via site)

 How to Tell Somebody Something They’d Rather Not Hear

Come share your strength and learn ‘How to Tell Something They’d Rather Not Hear.’
• $20 donation -sliding scale- requested for students, parents, other caregivers, and volunteers
• $30 for professionals.
Take Green Line C & Bus #65.
Space is limited: please reply to info@parentsforum.org. Tel: 617-253-7182.
If you can, come at 10:30 for a cup of coffee!

When: January 29, 2011 8:00am – 11:30am

Location: Boston Graduate School of Psychoanalysis, 1581 Commonwealth Avenue, Brookline, MA, 02446

Registration: Registration Required. Contact Parents Forum.



  • December 20, 2016Posted on  The Communication Initiative Network, December 8, 2016By Eve Sullivan, Jamesa Wagwau, and Aya Isumi, December 12 2016 – Small children cry out in distress and, while it is easy to tell that they need something, parents or caregivers may not recognize right away what solace or satisfaction the child needs. School-age […]

  • May 16, 2011Eve Sullivan will be interviewed May 27th on the Bill & Joel Show on WDUN.com (Gainesville GA). The subject: Talking with kids about war. Tune into AM 550 / 102.9 FM at 6:40am Wednesday, May 27, 2011 to listen in. ###

  • May 14, 2009The upcoming issue of Salaman Salama: Muslim Home and Family of New England, features a short article on Parents Forum and our recent cable access panel on ‘What Parents Need to Succeed.’ The newsletter is distributed at Islamic Centers and Schools and other locations, including stores and restaurants throughout Massachusetts and New England. ###

  • March 4, 2009Eve Sullivan and Christine Bates, both long-time MIT employees, received an MIT Excellence Award in recognition of their volunteer work in creating PARENTS FORUM. The award ceremony for PARENTS FORUM co-founders and 38 other award recipients was held in Kresge Auditorium on the MIT campus. ###

  • May 15, 2007‘Parent Is A Verb’ by Eve Sullivan appears as the ‘Guest Writer’ column in the May-August 2007 issue of NGO Network Magazine, a general interest magazine for the non-profit sector in Nigeria and sub-Saharan Africa.The magazine is published by NGO Guide 2000, a Nigeria-based NGO-Service Consortium, organizers of the Annual All Nigeria NGO […]