Parenting Workshops

Parenting Center Workshops

Our Parenting Center provides parents-to-be, parents, and caregivers with support and guidance as they prepare for and raise their young children. Our workshops offer practical skills and solutions, advice, and community-building opportunities. LGBTQ and straight, couples and single parents, Jewish and non-Jewish, biological and adoptive, people of any color or ability — are all warmly welcomed!

Upcoming Workshops

Oct
6
Wed
Why Is My Child In Charge? (VIRTUAL)
Oct 6 @ 8:00 pm – 9:30 pm

Led by Claire Lerner

Kid having tantrumThis workshop, based on Claire’s 2021 book, Why Is My Child In Charge?, will explore the common mindsets that prevent parents from responding to their children in the most loving and effective way during challenging moments, including tantrums, power struggles, and bedtime battles. Awareness of these mindsets—the lens through which parents filter and respond to their children’s behaviors—will empower you to make critical mindshifts to see your child’s behavior more objectively, to respond with sensitivity, and to develop strategies that translate into adaptable and happy kids, and calm, connected, and in-control parents.

 

Oct
14
Thu
Raising Anti-Racist Children (VIRTUAL)
Oct 14 @ 8:00 pm – 9:30 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 (October 14, 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 (October 21, 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

Oct
28
Thu
Parent Coffee: Gentle Sleep Secrets for Newborns (IN PERSON)
Oct 28 @ 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!


MASK AND VACCINATION POLICY:
 Effective September 1, all visitors entering the EDCJCC’s building are required to show proof of vaccination. Participants at outdoor events will not be checked for vaccination status, but it is our hope that regardless of where we gather, we continue to prioritize the health and safety of our community. Additionally, mask wearing inside of the EDCJCC will also be always required by everyone, except while eating or drinking in designated locations. For more information, visit edcjcc.org/covidsafety.

Nov
17
Wed
Adoption: Starting the Process (VIRTUAL)
Nov 17 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Please 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

Dec
8
Wed
Welcoming Jewish Children
Dec 8 @ 8:00 pm – 9:00 pm

How do I welcome my baby into the Jewish community? What’s a mohel and how do I find one? How are the traditional welcoming rituals similar and different for boys and girls? When and how do I announce the baby’s name?  Join EDCJCC Children and Families staff Lindsay Kagin and Miriam Szubin — who have welcomed two girl and three boy babies between them — for a virtual workshop on Jewish rituals, traditions, and options for a bris (a Jewish religious male circumcision ceremony) and simchat bat (celebration of a daughter). You’ll walk away with information, resources, and connections to a community of other parents-to-be of Jewish babies.

Please note that we define “Jewish baby” however you do! All are welcome.  

Past Workshops

Click here to explore past workshops offered through the EDCJCC Parenting Center.