Family collective
Standing together, loving one another, believing we can make life better for all
What is Family Collective?
This is a community founded to give families opportunities to stand against the isolation of capitalism by connecting more deeply with one another and other families who share similar values. We believe that all people of all ages are inherently good and that in an ideal society, it would not be hard to remember this. However, in our stressed environments, we find that pop-up and online hangs geared primarily for young families with children ages infant - 10 years old help us reset our sense of ease and love with one another.
Standing together
Family Collective is a place to be yourself and find honest connections with others in a community based in support. We aim to not judge, rather listen and learn. To not compare or shame, rather to accept and understand.
Ending Oppression
We are a family-based group striving to create opportunities for family units to be spaces of anti-oppressive, feminist lead, inherent values-based homes from which all family members grow rather than the often oppressive structures that reinforce societal oppressions within families.
Righting our World
We work together and alongside one another to end system oppressions and make our society more fair, loving and just. We host events of all sorts - for grown ups, children and families, to help work towards our ideals.
Our actitvities
Join our community
Book Club for Moms
Family Dinners
Pop-Up Events
Social Activitism
Weekend Playshops
No need to read - Gather, discuss, share and learn
Feminist Book Club for Moms
No Reading Required!
2017-18 Residency at New Women Space
No Reading Required
We don't all have time to read. Some do, some don't. That's ok. Together, we will discuss relevant parenting topics while building friendships. Each month we will hear a summary of the book chosen for that month then have time to thinking through the information and our values on these often difficult parenting topics. The goal is to help us feel a little more informed, relaxed and in-charge when leading our families.

How we pick the books: Books are chosen that help clarify the reader's values and offer perspectives in alignment with our overall vision. When possible, books are written by women and trans* authors, authors of color, and are available on audible.com in addition to in print.

Welcoming all Femme-Identified Parents & Caregivers
Moms, women, trans* parents and non-binary moms - you are all welcome. This book group title uses the word Mom to add power to and prioritize non cis-male parents in our discussions about parenting styles and concerns; all too often male-identified people are visibly in-charge of family dynamics. When femme people gather to share ideas and discuss relevant issues, often that added support can contribute to righting this injustice in families. Our hope is that these book club discussions help contribute to the goal that all families members are respected and empowered - children and parents of all genders.
Our Fall 2017 Reading List

October - How our Children's Brains Work
Book: The Whole Brain Child by Daniel J. Siegel MD and Tina Payne Bryson PhD
Book club date: Sunday October 15, 4-6pm *Note: Changed from Oct 8*
Register: Oct Book Club Registration
Book club summary notes: Whole Brain Child Notes

November - Raising Sexually Healthy Children
Book: From Diapers to Dating by Debra Haffner
Book club date: Saturday November 12, 10am - noon
Register: Nov Book Club Registration
Book club summary notes: Diapers to Dating - The Zine

December - Discipline and Rules
Book: No Drama Discipline by Daniel Siegel*
Book club date: Saturday December 16, 10am - 12:30pm**
Register: Dec Book Club Registration
Notes: coming soon

January - Navigating Technology
Book: Screen Smart Parenting by Jodi Gold
Book club date: Saturday January 21, 10am - 12:30pm
Register: Jan Book Club Registration
Our Spring 2018 Reading List
February - Parents Make Books, about Sexuality
A surprise: This month, we will make the books guided by Amanda Finuccio
Book club date: Sunday February 18, 10am - 12:30pm
Register: February Book Club Registration
See book examples and info about Amanda: Parents Make Books

March - Education and Play

Book: Play: How It Shapes the Brain, Opens the Imagination, and Invigorates the Soul by Stuart Brown
Book club date: Sunday March 25, 10am - 12:30pm
Register: March Book Club Registration

April - Talking about Race
Book: So You Want To Talk About Race by Ijeoma Oluo
Book club date: Sunday April 22, 10am - 12:30pm
Register Now Open: April Book Club Registration

[Postponed until the Fall] - Gender Identity, Gender Roles, and more
Book: Parenting Beyond Pink & Blue: How to Raise Your Kids Free of Gender Stereotypes by Christia Spears Brown
Book club date: TBD
Register: coming soon

June - Resiliency

Book: Rising Strong, by Brene Brown
Book club date: Sunday June 10, 10am - 12:30pm
Register: June Book Club Registration


Location and Other Info
  • Location: New Women Space, 188 Woodpoint Rd. • Brooklyn, NY, 11211
  • $10 fee: Sign up online or pay at the door. Covers donation to space and incidental costs. For those using the babysitting, we ask suggested, additional $5-10 donation towards babysitters.
  • Food: We have tea and small snacks. We invite you to bring coffee and food with you.
  • Who attends? We are generally a group of 5-12 parents of infants through middle school age, although parents of any age children are welcome. We also welcome other significant caregivers such as grandparents, nannies and close family members.
  • Babysitting: The book club meets upstairs in the lounge and downstairs is a safe, open area with high quality, loving and fun babysitters for your children. If you're interested in babysitting, email in advance so we can plan ahead - info@familycollective.org. We usually have 2-5 children, generally under three years old, and two babysitters. We can not guarantee space for walk-in babysitting.
    • Children joining during the discussion: Your very young ones are welcome to be with you during the book club - nursing, in your arms, in strollers. Older children are also welcome in the discussion if you both are comfortable with that. You are also welcome to plan on using babysitting but bring them up with you as they need.
    • Try it! If you'd like to come and try the babysitting or having your child with you, please do. No pressure to stay if it's not working.
  • All are welcome to attend one, some or all of the book groups.
  • Advanced registration helps us. We know that deciding last minute often matches family life better. However, if you can, registering in advance helps. Alternatively, sending a quick email to us that you hope to come also helps - info@familycollective.org. If you do register, know that you can get your money back up to one day before the club meets.
  • Add your name to the mailing list - We will keep you updated. See below for sign up.
Friday Night Dinners
We gather on occasional Friday nights to, in the spirit of Jewish shabbat - reconnect, rest and rejoice. We meet in different locations - outside, someone's home, restaurants, and more. Dinners are early and all friends and family are invited.
Weekend PlayShops
We get away from our daily lives to deepen our connections with our family and build new relationships through rest and play. Some retreats have a focus while others are open or based on the activities of the season. All are organized within and anti-racist, anti-oppression and feminist leadership model.
Next Retreat:
Spring 2017 - date tbd...Check back soon.
Catskill Lodge, NY
Join us at the Catskill Lodge. Hearty country breakfast, your choice of a room that best works for your family, and workshops for all ages around Political Resistance in today's socieity. Check back shortly for dates and more information.
http://www.catskilllodge.com/
Pop Up Events
We have various pop-up events in response to need and interest. A book talk for grown ups about parenting issues, an outing for the family, a play opportunity for children. Currently we have a book club series at New Women Space.
Social Activism
The underpinnings of this work is the belief in social justice and commitment to anti-oppressions, intersectionality and young people's empowerment. You can join up with us to attend different protests, marches and teach-ins. We also gather in other ways that are part of supporting and furthering the movement. We are always looking for new ways to be involved and to support our fellow families in this work.

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