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The NIH Parenting Listserv -- an interactive e-mail list with more than 1,800 NIH members managed through the NIH LISTSERV office -- makes it easy for you to ask for and share information about child care and parenting issues with other NIH families.

Benefits of the NIH Parenting Listserv: 
The NIH offers assistance with finding parenting resources and child care services, but there are many gaps we cannot fill. The NIH Parenting Listserv enables you to draw on the combined experience of all the subscribers.

Looking for a nanny share situation? A good pediatrician or pediatric dentist? A child-friendly neighborhood? A good school system? Playgrounds or other activities? You can ask for information and share opinions on any parenting or child care issue.

Drawbacks of the NIH Parenting Listserv: 
The more active the list becomes, the more e-mail you will receive. Some of these messages will contain information that is very valuable to you; other messages will contain information that does not pertain to your situation at all.

You can minimize the impact of these multiple e-mail messages by choosing a digest subscription. Instructions on how to do this are included in the message you will receive when you actually subscribe to the list.

To Subscribe to the NIH Parenting Listserv:

Send an e-mail addressed to with the following text in the message body: 
subscribe parenting_list your name (substituting your first and last name for your name).

You will receive a confirmation when you are subscribed, with additional guidance about the list and its rules. Please read this guidance carefully. It contains useful information that will help you maximize the list's benefits.

Please Note: The NIH Listservs may not be used to sell items or services, seek sales, or solicit donations.  

The NIH Parenting Listserv does not have an automated feature for filtering the contents of a message.  Participants must "moderate" their own posts. Participants may voice their opinions, and are expected to be respectful of others' opinions as well.

When you reply to a post, the reply goes to the entire list.  You can choose to reply to an individual only by copying the email address in the "From" line and adding only that email address to the "To" line.

If you have any problems with your subscription or have further questions, you may contact Ms. Susan Borst, NIH Child and Family Programs Specialist, or call (301) 827-3250.