Calendar

Oct
6
Thu
Beyond the Bump
Oct 6 @ 6:30 pm – 7:30 pm

BEYOND THE BUMP
6 Thursdays, October 6-November 10, 6:30–7:30 PM
IN PERSON at the EDCJCC
$152 for the six-week session; EDCJCC Member Rate $122
Facilitated by Catherine Coogan, Ph.D.

Pregnant for the first time? Looking to create a community with other expecting moms to exchange ideas and find support? This group will meet weekly in person at the EDCJCC for six weeks to provide a safe and facilitated space for moms-to-be to discuss their experiences and learn from one another.  We will explore several topics, including: concerns about childbirth and parenting; balancing family with work outside the home; navigating new relationships with your partner, parents, and in-laws; and recognizing post (and pre)-partum depression and anxiety.  The group will be kept small so that connections can be fostered and maintained easily.

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Oct
20
Thu
Parent Coffee: Finding a Nanny 101 (IN PERSON)
Oct 20 @ 10:00 am – 11:00 am

Join us for coffee, the company of other new parents, and a relaxed conversation about finding the right kind of childcare for your family.  Sarah Marks, founder and president of Nannies by Sarah, will discuss the pros and cons of different childcare options and the benefits of hiring a nanny, and will share strategies for hiring a nanny that meets your family’s needs. Bring your questions – we’ll spend a lot of time talking through participants’ specific situations. Babies warmly welcomed!

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Second Thoughts: Adapting to Baby #2 (VIRTUAL)
Oct 20 @ 8:00 pm – 9:00 pm

SECOND THOUGHTS: ADAPTING TO BABY #2
3 Thursdays: October 20, October 27, and November 3

8:00-9:00 PM
$47 for the three-week session
Facilitated by Taylor Lerner, Psy.D

Are you expecting baby #2? Looking to create a community with other second time parents to exchange ideas and find support? This group will meet weekly via Zoom for three weeks to provide a safe space for second time parents-to-be to discuss their experiences and learn from one another. We will explore several topics, including: managing your big kid’s (big!) feelings before, during, and after welcoming the new baby; kid-care and self-care with two; navigating new relationships and new roles; and the complicating factors of Covid-19.
The group will be kept small so that connections can be fostered easily, even in a virtual space, and also so that in-person meet-ups can be organized if the group wants.

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Nov
3
Thu
Raising Anti-Racist Children (VIRTUAL)
Nov 3 @ 8:00 pm – 9:30 pm

Raising Anti-Racist Children
2 Thursdays, November 3 and 10, 8:00 PM

Raising children to build a just world is a life-long process, as well as a difficult challenge for parents to navigate. Join us for a two-part series with expert educator Dr. Nabina Liebow, who will take us through the learning and practical steps necessary to raise anti-racist children and help us create a cohort of race conscious parents in our community.

This workshop is designed for anyone who wants to understand how white supremacy and white privilege affect all parts of our lives and how to bring these ideas into conversation and action in parenting. It is meant as a beginning to this work, rather than to be comprehensive or all-encompassing.

Although we understand that life is unpredictable, we request that you commit to both Part 1 and Part 2 of this workshop in order to honor the learning process and receive the full benefit of this workshop. Attendance will be capped in order to create an intimate cohort of parents.

Part 1 (February 3, 8:00-9:30 PM): Discussing race and racism with your children is a vital part of antiracist and race conscious parenting. But some people might feel a little rusty on the basics! In the first part of the workshop, Dr. Liebow will give a “Crash Course in Racial Literacy” to provide an important framework and context for race conscious parenting. This session will go over the basics of anti-racist thought and ideology, as well as challenge participants to explore their own biases and thought processes before they are able to address these ideas with their children. By the end of this session, participants will gain a deeper understanding of race, white supremacy, white privilege, and antiracism.

Part 2 (February 10, 8:00-9:30 PM): In the second part of the workshop, parents will learn strategies for helping their child develop an antiracist consciousness and how to apply concepts learned in the first session to raising their children.

This program is brought to you by the Edlavitch DCJCC Parenting Center and Morris Cafritz Center for Social Responsibility

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Nov
9
Wed
Adoption: Starting the Process (VIRTUAL)
Nov 9 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

ADOPTION: STARTING THE PROCESS
Wednesday, November 9, 7:00 PM

Before Baby programsPlease join us for a virtual discussion about various paths to adopting a child.  Hear from an adoption lawyer, from representatives from an adoption agency and from the foster care system, and from parents who have built families through domestic, international, private, agency, and public routes.

LGBTQ and straight, couples and singles, Jewish and non-Jewish, people of all colors — are all warmly welcomed.  Come with questions!

Co-presented by GLOE – the Kurlander Program for GLBTQ Outreach and Engagement

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Nov
17
Thu
Parent Coffee: Gentle Sleep Secrets for Newborns (IN PERSON)
Nov 17 @ 10:00 am – 11:00 am

GENTLE SLEEP SECRETS FOR NEWBORNS
Thursday, November 17, 10:00 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!

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Dec
7
Wed
Toilet Training without Tears (VIRTUAL)
Dec 7 @ 8:00 pm – 9:30 pm

TOILET TRAINING WITHOUT TEARS
Wednesday, December 7, 8:00 PM
Led by Claire Lerner

Many parents today are terrified of the toilet training process, having heard horror stories from friends about the power struggles and stress they encountered. This workshop will address ways to approach potty learning in a way that is developmentally appropriate, respectful to the child’s growing need to feel in control of his or her body and which frees parents from unnecessary stress and anxiety. The workshop will also address ways to manage typical challenges that arise during the process.

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Dec
15
Thu
Parent Coffee: Motor Milestones in the First Year (IN PERSON)
Dec 15 @ 10:00 am – 11:00 am

MOTOR MILESTONES IN THE FIRST YEAR
Thursday, December 15, 10:00 AM

Join us for coffee, the company of other new parents, and a relaxed conversation about purposeful play and how to help your little one reach their motor milestones. Shawn Leis, pediatric physical therapist and founder of Little Feet Therapy, will discuss purposeful play positions to encourage your child to reach their motor milestones, when these milestones should be reached, and when to reach out to a medical professional for additional assistance. Bring your questions – we’ll spend a lot of time talking through participants’ specific situations. Babies warmly welcomed!

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Feb
9
Thu
Beyond the Bump
Feb 9 @ 6:30 pm – 7:30 pm

BEYOND THE BUMP
6 Thursdays, February 9-March 16, 6:30–7:30 PM
IN PERSON at the EDCJCC
$152 for the six-week session; EDCJCC Member Rate $122
Facilitated by Catherine Coogan, Ph.D.

Pregnant for the first time? Looking to create a community with other expecting moms to exchange ideas and find support? This group will meet weekly in person at the EDCJCC for six weeks to provide a safe and facilitated space for moms-to-be to discuss their experiences and learn from one another.  We will explore several topics, including: concerns about childbirth and parenting; balancing family with work outside the home; navigating new relationships with your partner, parents, and in-laws; and recognizing post (and pre)-partum depression and anxiety.  The group will be kept small so that connections can be fostered and maintained easily.

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Mar
21
Tue
VIRTUAL WORKSHOP: Parenting Without Power Struggles
Mar 21 @ 8:00 pm – 9:30 pm

VIRTUAL: PARENTING WITHOUT POWER STRUGGLES
Tuesday, March 21, 8:00 PM

Kid having tantrum“You need to eat four more pieces!” . . . “Bedtime NOW” . . .  “NO!  I do it!”  If this sounds familiar, you are not alone.  Power struggles are maddening for parents, and, it turns out, 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, licensed clinical social worker and child development specialist.

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