Classic PSP Discussions

Here are some of the Classic PSP Threads for a trip down memory lane.

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Is Santa Claus real?

The ins and outs of creating (or not creating) the Santa Claus myth.




Being a stay at home parent – the good, the bad, the ugly

Considering stay at home parenting? One parent did at the is the advice they received.




Swingers Posts -- PSP Classic Discussions

A nostalgic look back at the old thread of "swingers"-- a PSP Classic!

Date: Thu Jul 29, 2004 12:41 pm
Subject: something sexy?
We are one of you, a really nice slope couple with kids who occasionally
indulges in some soft swinging. We thought we'd put it out there, if there
are other folks who might be curious about this. We are not part of what
they call the "lifestyle," but have had a few really fun experiences that
have spiced up our lives. We are mid 30's, and some of you may know us, so
we have made sure to keep ourselves anonymous, and we ask that you do as
well, to keep discretion. (we made a new email account). We don't know if
anyone is interested, but we thought this would be an ideal place to meet
like-minded, bright, imperfectly attractive, professional, thoughtful and
friendly people. We're not sure how to go about this exactly, so if anyone
has any input (please be nice) or interest, let's communicate. We can be
reached at xxxxxxxxxxxxxx. Single moms are of course encouraged to
say hi also.
Look forward to seeing what might come back.
A & A

Date: Thu Jul 29, 2004 4:19 pm
Subject: Re: [parkslopeparents] something sexy?

I consider myself a forward thinking, liberal Park Sloper, but PLEASE!!!! If
this is a legitimate post, you are both out to lunch. Have you checked the
name of this listserve lately? PARKSLOPEPARENTS! Last I knew it was about
and support and an exchange of information focused on PARENTING in PARK
Did it ever dawn on you that kids might read some of these postings? Find
another outlet folks!



Pregnant Sloper in Subway Seat Shocker!

When I told friends and coworkers I was pregnant, after congratulations I got one of two responses: “New Yorkers are so nice; I was always offered me a seat.” Alternately, “New Yorkers are so rude; no one ever offered me a seat.” One friend, a problem-solver, said, “I was never offered a seat until I wore a t-shirt that said ‘Future Yankees Fan’, then I always got a seat.” I was tempted to buy a commuting t-shirt but came up with a different idea to figure out how nice New Yorkers really are. My last two weeks of work I’d log how often and who would offer me a subway seat.



Primal Ice Cream

As the creators of the smash-hit YouTube video "Sh*t Park Slope Parents Say," and thus the voice of those rare few in Park Slope that are raising children, we feel an obligation to clarify the official Park Slope Parents position regarding the banning of ice cream from said Park.



To Own or Not To Own A Car in New York

To own a car, or to not own a car in Brooklyn - that is the question...



Jury Duty in Brooklyn

What you need to know about jury duty in Brooklyn - from serving, postponing and more.



Classic Boy's Hat Thread

The full boy's hat thread (identites removed). This post was picked up by New York Magazine, Gawker, and many other outlets-- why? Lots of reasons. Even though it helped 'brand' us as "those" Park Slope Parents it also has laughter, compassion, and lightness along with some of the less than noble aspects!

Date: Mon, 20 Mar 2006 12:25:27 -0500 (EST)
 Subject: Found: boy's hat


Friday, at the corner of 11th street and 8th ave, adorable navy blue or maybe black fleece hat with triangles jutting out ofit of all different colors. Sorry did not post right away.
For older child.


Date: Mon, 20 Mar 2006 17:34:48 -0500
Subject: RE: Found: boy's hat
I'm sorry, I know that you are just trying to be helpful, but what makes
this a "boy's hat"? Did you see the boy himself loose it? Or does the hat in
question possess an unmistakable scent of testosterone?
It's innocent little comments like this that I find the most hurtful...
What does this comment imply about the girl who chooses to wear just such a
hat (or something like it)? Is she doing something wrong? Is there something
wrong with her?



Child Modeling: Origins, Agencies, and Realities

So you have a cute child. So cute, in fact, that strangers tell you your kid should model. You're thinking about it—but where to begin? What is it like being a "Stage Mom"? It is worth it? Parents share where to start, what the casting experience is like, and the realities of child modeling.




Happy 12th Birthday, PSP!


PSP turned 12 this week! Wow!  12 years of Park Slope Parents! We’ve had some highs and lows, so we thought we’d look back at some of our most memorable moments....


Swingers Post  (2004)

An often overlooked classic thread in which someone made a serious request to swap nookie with another couple and a fun back and forth ensued!

Starting PSP CLassifieds (2004)

Two years after the start of PSP we split into two different groups, relegating our buy/sell/trade/nanny/real estate messages to another site to make things more manageable. This is our busiest list, with an average of 2750 messages a month!

Threatened with a Lawsuit (2005)

Did you know we had to shut down the archives after being threatened with a lawsuit?  Who imagined we had such an effect on the community?

4. Boy’s Hat  (2006)

Someone posted about a finding “boy’s blue hat” and received a response that all because it’s blue, that doesn’t necessarily make it a boy’s hat.  A wild and crazy discussion of good intentions, gender bending and more unfolded. It earned PSP some notoriety as it picked up media attention in outlets like New York magazine and Gawker!

Our Fabulous PSP Volunteer Facepainters (2006-present)

We’ve taught over 50 volunteer moms (and a few dads) how to facepaint for our Fall Festivals and Spring Flings. Factor in those face painters over 10 events with 6 facepainters over 4 hours doing 12 faces per hour and you’ve got almost 3,000 faces! And we’ve gone from great to fabulous!

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Nanny Surveys (2008 - present)

Membership fees help support this nationally known survey of how much pay, holidays and vacation, responsibilities, and has been a force in helping employers and nannies have a better relationship. Families have come to rely on this as a go to source for how they can do right by their nanny.

Career Networking (2008 - present)

With over 2,500 parents who work online and off, our Career Networking forum has helped thousands of members over the years find freelancing work, work/life tips and accounting advice, plus lots more. Plus our famous “Shmoozefests have helped make business partnerships and alliances happen in the community.

Ice Cream Ban  (2012)

A classic thread where someone asked about the legality of pushcart vendors in the park, the media mistakenly cross-referenced it with a 2010 NYTimes article about banning ice cream trucks, and Park Slope parents were charged as “guilty” for being wimps.

Hurricane Sandy (2012)

Park Slope Parents showed the world how “community” is really done.  Drives for towels to clothes, back packs, and food helped the hardest hit areas of Brooklyn weather the aftermath of Sandy. Even the media featured our efforts!
Thanks to our PSP members for rallying.

Pregnancy Groups (2014)

After local shop Boing Boing stopped organizing pregnancy groups, Park Slope Parents stepped in to make them happen.  

Halloween Parade (2008- present)

Park Slope Parents formed the PSP Puppeteers and helped make giant puppets with the help of the Puppeeteer’s Cooperative. We’ve got a growing collection that comes out each year to march in the parade!

600+ Membership Discounts… and growing (2009 -present)

Membership has it’s benefits and we have local, growing businesses as well as big names like Zipcar discounts and free Time Out New York subscriptions.  Find 'em all HERE.

Shit Park Slope Parents Say (2013)

A great video that hits the nail on the head on so many stereotypes about Park Slope parents.  Don’t miss PSP making a Buzzfeed list either!

Watch the Shit Park Slope Parents say here.


Help Raise Money for a Bathroom Attendant at Washington Park, Brooklyn



Last week’s discussion about lack of access to bathrooms at JJ Byrne Playground made it clear that we need more staffing at Washington Park. The first step in this process is hiring a seasonal worker—at a cost of approximately $17,500. Below is a link so you can help make that happen.



The Brainstorm Behind Sh*! Park Slope Parents Say

PSP helped make a great video (Sh*! Park Slope Parents Say) that hits the nail on the head about so many stereotypes about Park Slope parents. But before the video was an awesome brainstorm and exchange with our members.



What are the 7th Ave Stores and Businesses you LOVE?

PSP members recently shared their favorite local businesses to the Advice List.

Don't forget to shop local when you can, don’t forget to take advantage of the 600+ discounts available as part of your PSP membership, and support our local businesses & community!

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Here are PSP member favorite local spots: