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 all abilities — are all warmly welcomed!
UPCOMING PARENT WORKSHOPS
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 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 most of our time talking through participants’ specific situations. Babies warmly welcomed!
At a surprisingly young age, children internalize messages from our culture and from their families about body image. This workshop will focus on steps that parents can take from the beginning to help children and families develop healthy relationships to food and body image, avoid power struggles around food, address picky eating and enhance self-esteem. Participants will leave with concrete strategies and suggestions for raising healthy and confident children. Facilitated by Alisa Schwartz, PhD and Rachel Engelhart, RD, LPC.
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!
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 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.
Join us for coffee, the company of other new parents, and a relaxed conversation about returning to work . . . or not. Randi Braun, coach, speaker, and Founder of Something Major will walk through how to prepare for this transition, what questions to think through, and strategies for self care as a working mother. Randi is a thought leader whose insights on working motherhood have been featured in The Washington Post and Parents Magazine. Q&A is heavily encouraged so please come with your questions to this judgement-free conversation. Babies warmly welcomed!
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.
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.
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 fertility 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. Before and 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 with GLOE – the EDCJCC’s Kurlander Program for GLBTQ Outreach and Engagement
PAST WORKSHOPS (2019)
Join us for a candid workshop about the importance of early sexual health education as an issue of safety and as a path to later healthy relationships. Clinical social worker (and mom) Melissa Kilbride will provide simple ways to have conversations with your kids about these topics without shame and discomfort. With over 14 years of clinical experience and specialized training in sex therapy, trauma, and infertility, Melissa believes passionately in the importance of educating young children about their bodies and sex. Walk out the door an “askable parent,” ready to tackle these issues with your children.
Balancing your career and family goals can get really tricky really quickly! Join Randi Braun, Founder of Something Major Coaching, for a workshop exploring how to navigate these simultaneous career and family transitions. Topics will include setting goals (as well as tactics to achieve them), discussing your career path with internal and external stakeholders, strategies for attaining your next promotion or career milestone while expecting, “trying,” navigating fertility challenges, or managing life with small children, and tactical tips for managing time, stress, and care (both selfcare and childcare) while pursuing your goals.
Learn how to approach toilet training in a way that is developmentally appropriate and respectful to your child’s growing need to feel in control of his or her body, without unnecessary parental stress and anxiety. The workshop will also address ways to manage typical challenges that arise during the process. Led by Claire Lerner, a licensed clinical social worker and child development specialist.
Please join us for an informal discussion about various paths to adopting a child. Hear from an adoption lawyer, representatives from an adoption agency and the DC foster care system, and parents who have gone through it successfully. LGBTQ and straight, couples and singles, Jewish and non-Jewish — are all warmly welcomed. Come with questions!
“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.