I know many moms, doulas, educators, and friends who have enjoyed TCM’s blog post: Moms Groups Around Town. But lately people have been asking about groups for dads and partners.
Many of the groups in the Moms Groups list are also open to partners, but here are some groups that are tailored just for partners and dads. Please let me know if you are aware of others!
On Friday evenings, Enlightened Mama hosts a Friday Night Happy Hour which happens on a rotation. Depending on which week of the month it is, you’ll find a different group there. The rotation is as follows: 1st Friday Mamas, 2nd Friday Dads, 3rd Friday GLBTQ Families, 4th Friday Couples.
ECFE (Early Childhood Family Education) also offers classes just for dads and partners. Check with your local school district to learn more. Here is more information on the Minneapolis and St Paul classes. Minneapolis has classes for specific populations, including: Daytime Dads and GLBT Families. Other districts may also have similar classes.
Minnesota Dads at Home has various play groups, dads nights out, online discussions, and other activities geared toward stay-at-home dads.
The Queer Birth Project offers an expecting and new parent group on the 2nd Saturdays of each month at the Walker Community Church (3104 16th Ave S, Minneapolis, MN 55407) from 10:00 am to 11:30 am. This is a donation-based community event for LGBTQIA families with little ones ages 0-3, as well as expectant and trying families looking to build community! Each month there will be a local speaker or topic for discussion, but the purpose of the event is to socialize, build community, and find support from other queer and trans families.
Free Parent-Infant Class: In this class, children play and explore in an environment created to support their development of language, movement, and independence. They are supported by their parents and Montessori Guides. Parents share and learn together, interact with and observe their children, and discuss topics of child development and parenting. The class is held at Lake Country School in south Minneapolis. More information, class dates and registration can be found at http://lakecountryschool.org/parent-infant-class.
Birth & Soul LLC offers a Father Support Group the first Sunday of every month from 11am-12pm. It’s by Tim Neumann, M.A. of Minneapolis Support & Fatherhood Science. This is an opportunity for fathers to learn more about and discuss issues related to fatherhood including fears about their birth participation, couple conflict, stress management, child development, and their experiences during the birth.