The Wellesley Mothers Forum offers numerous events for its members and their families, with most events occurring September through June.
Our Lectures and Seminars are held monthly from October through May. Held at the Wellesley Country Club, lectures focus on broad topics relevant to all our members. Lectures begin with a social hour with wine and hors d'oeuvres, followed by a two-hour presentation, including a question and answer session.
Previous speakers have included: Dr. Harvey Karp, pediatrician, child development specialist and Assistant Professor of Pediatrics at USC School of Medicine; Michael G. Thompson, Ph.D., psychologist, school consultant and author; Maria Trozzi, M.Ed., Assistant Professor of Developmental Pediatrics at Boston University School of Medicine, Director of the Good Grief Program at Boston Medical Center and author; Alan Kazdin, Ph.D., Professor of Psychology at Yale University and Director of Yale’s Parenting Center and Child Conduct Clinic; former President of the American Psychological Association and author.
Seminars focus on more specific topics like sleep issues, potty training and sibling rivalry. Typically held at the Wellesley College Club, seminars are more casual and include a 30-minute social time with water, soda and hors d'oeuvres. The speaker’s presentation is typically 90 minutes, including a question and answer session.
We encourage all members to join a Playgroup, which the WMF helps facilitate. Being a mom can be amazing and exhausting. Joining a group with whom you can share concerns, ideas, advice, and just relax and have fun with new friends and their children can be very fulfilling. Playgroups are assembled according to your child’s age and your availability. Generally, the playgroups meet weekly, rotating among the members’ homes. We also offer playgroups specifically for nannies to attend.
Our Working Moms Group is very active. The group provides working mothers – full-time, part-time or those interested in returning to the workforce – a fun and informal community to share ideas and best practices about the challenges of balancing career and home life. This group meets monthly for dinners at local restaurants or cocktail parties in members’ homes.
We arrange Children and Family Events monthly. These events are very popular and are a wonderful way for families to spend quality time together and to make connections with other families in the community. Annual events include a Fall Carnival, Halloween Party, Holiday Party, Vacation Week events, Police and Fire Station Tours, and a Morses Pond outing.
We coordinate Mom’s Night Out events several times throughout the year. Events have included spa nights at local salons, cookie swaps at a member’s home and cocktail parties with entertainment.
For our Moms with Newborns Support Group, we have partnered with Isis Parenting to offer our new mom members a free drop-in group with parenting experts. The series is designed to address early child development issues, reduce isolation and help provide a foundation for building parenting skills and strategies.