VIRTUAL WORKSHOP: The Other Kind of Smart: Enhancing Your Child’s Emotional Intelligence
Apr 6 @ 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm

Emotional Intelligence is essential for academic and life success, perhaps even more so than cognitive ability.  This involves awareness and understanding of one’s own feelings, skills to manage strong emotions, and the ability to relate to the emotions of others. Join two Kingsbury psychologists (virtually) to learn how parents can coach their children through the turbulent world of childhood emotions to develop stronger emotional awareness, greater self-control, and closer connections with others.

Raising Tough Targets: What Parents Can Do to Keep Kids Safe from Sexual Abuse
Apr 23 @ 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm

Sexual abuse and prevention is an uncomfortable subject. Unfortunately, it’s also something we parents have to think about, as we constantly entrust the safety of our kids to schools, camp, religious institutions, sports, babysitters, and other care settings. How can you know whether your child is in an environment that takes sexual abuse prevention seriously? What are the key questions to ask and red flags to look for, and how do you feel confident raising this issue in the first place? What can you do to teach your child to identify risks and speak up with their concerns? How do you make your child a “tough target”?

Join Meira Ellias, a mom, Clinical Social Worker, and Psychotherapist with deep experience in sexual abuse trauma and prevention, for a candid workshop with the goal of empowering parents with education and real-life tools to handle these difficult issues.


VIRTUAL WORKSHOP: Surviving or Thriving While Remote?
Apr 23 @ 8:00 pm – 9:00 pm

With the spread of COVID-19, teams and businesses across the globe have suddenly gone remote with minimal planning.  With schools closed and work open, working parenthood feels different and has become more stressful than ever.  Join executive coach, and founder of Something Major, Randi Braun, for a “Surviving or Thriving While Remote?” virtual workshop.  This workshop will help individuals thrive while balancing personal, family, and business needs in this unprecendented moment.  Drawing on Randi’s practical experience from her executive coaching work, participants will learn:

  • Tactics for effective communication and time managment, both top down and bottom up
  • Strategies for balancing personal and family needs with business needs

Each participant will walk away with a framework for designing an individualized “Thriving While Remote” plan.

Parent Coffee: Taking Your Own Newborn Photos — Learning from a Pro
Apr 30 @ 10:00 am – 11:30 am

Join us for coffee, the company of other new parents, and a relaxed conversation about how to take your own newborn photos using your phone or camera. Kimberly Goldwein, newborn and family photographer of Kimberly Goldwein Photography, will walk you through the basics of taking beautiful, natural light portraits of your newborn and assist you in taking practice shots of your own baby using your phone or camera. Babies and phones/cameras are warmly welcome but not required to attend this session.

Pathways to Parenthood
May 20 @ 7:00 pm – 9:30 pm

Thinking about growing your family or looking for support after struggling to conceive?

Join us for an informal discussion about different paths to family building. Our panel will include a fetility doctor, representatives from an adoption agency and the DC foster care system, a lawyer who facilitates egg donor and gestational carrier agreements, and parents who have built families in a variety of ways.

After the panel, there will be time for informal connecting and community building.

LGBTQ and straight, couples and single parents, Jewish and non-Jewish — are all warmly welcomed.  Come prepared to ask questions — and plug in for support.

Co-presented by the EDCJCC’s Parenting Center & GLOE – the EDCJCC’s Kurlander Program for GLBTQ Outreach and Engagement

Parent Coffee: Gentle Sleep Secrets for Newborns
Jun 4 @ 10:00 am – 11:30 am

Join us for coffee, the company of other new parents, and a relaxed conversation about your baby’s sleep.  Gentle sleep coach Jessica Dodson of Starlight Sleep Coaching will discuss how sleep develops during infancy, why it can be so difficult and what you can do to make it easier for both you and your baby. Learn gentle steps you can take to help shape your child’s sleep from their earliest months and how to avoid common pitfalls that can lead to restless nights. Bring your questions – we’ll spend most of our time talking through participants’ specific situations.   Babies warmly welcomed!

Parenting Without Power Struggles
Jun 16 @ 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm

“You need to eat four more pieces!” . . . “Bedtime NOW” . . .  “NO!  I do it!”  Power struggles are maddening for parents, and not good for children either. Putting these struggles in a developmental context, this workshop will provide strategies for how to encourage your child’s growing need to assert independence while still maintaining your control and authority. Struggles around mealtime, potty training, cooperation and others will be addressed.  Led by Claire Lerner, a licensed clinical social worker and child development specialist.