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 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.
“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.
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.
Past Parent Workshops (2016-19)
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!
The toilet training process should not and does not have to be fraught with conflict or worse, shame. This workshop will address ways to approach toilet learning in a way that is developmentally appropriate and respectful to the child’s growing need to feel in control of his or her body, and that frees parents from unnecessary 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.
Wondering how and when to introduce solid foods to your baby? Join us for coffee, the company of other new parents, and a conversation about how to give your child a healthy start to solids, while being mindful of potential allergens, time constraints, and more. Facilitated by Amy Jablin Forseter, Certified Health Coach and mother of three. Babies warmly welcomed.
Do you dread family dinners? Do you find yourself saying “just two more bites?” Are you limited to the few meals that you know your kids will eat? In this workshop we will discuss the reasons behind kid pickiness and we’ll explore ways to make meals (and mealtime) more appealing for your children and yourself. Led by Jessica Braider, CEO The Six O’Clock Scramble
Make your family safer by learning the basics of Infant and Child CPR with American Heart Association instructor Jay Gruber!
We all need more sleep! Learn how to develop good sleep habits in your baby or toddler, and how to address typical challenges that arise in helping children learn to soothe themselves to sleep and stay asleep throughout the night.
Get your household spending under control! Lori Atwood, RFC, will discuss where and how to cut back without changing your lifestyle drastically. She will also talk about how to save for things that come up every year, like camp, vacations and school fees, and give you specific tools to help you stay on track even if you’re not a budget or spreadsheet whiz.
Parenting is stressful, right? Do you feel like you are rushing from one thing to the next and always multitasking? Do you want to stop yelling and to connect with your kids in more positive ways? Led by two Duke-trained integrative health coaches, the workshop will give you tangible tools, specific strategies, and proven techniques to help manage stress, parent with more patience and presence, and create a more positive relationship with your children.
Does the dinner-time scramble make you crazy? In this workshop we will focus on tricks and tips for getting a healthy dinner on the table in 30 minutes or less. We will discuss the roadblocks to making dinner (kids underfoot, prepping ingredients, clean-up, etc.) and how we can overcome them. Participants will learn how to make a weekly meal plan and will leave with recipes and approaches that are easy, fun, and healthy.
Are you re-entering the workforce after an extended parental leave? Gearing up for a career switch as you balance work and family? If you are thinking about transitioning at work in any way, join us for an interactive discussion on establishing your professional identity and developing yourself into a persuasive and effective brand. This workshop will provide concrete guidance, including tactics and accountability measures for moving forward with your career vision.
Come learn practical and effective strategies for planning your return to work after maternity or paternity leave, so that you can ease your concerns about the transition, focus on your baby, and make calm, thoughtful choices. Open to anyone currently expecting a baby, anyone on maternity or paternity leave, or anyone within the first several months of returning to work. Experienced returning parents also welcome!
This workshop will address what interfaith families can do to make Judaism relevant for themselves and their children, and to help their children develop a strong Jewish identity, while at the same time being respectful to the partner with another religion. Join Dr. Marion Usher, an interfaith family expert, to navigate this complicated process, get concrete ideas and strategies, and address about your concerns.
Babies today are born into a world of digital devices, and parents have the daunting role of trying to navigate this new reality – specifically, how to make good decisions about their children’s screen use. This workshop will describe what the research tells about the impact of digital devices on children’s development through age 6, and guidelines for usage based on the science.
Do you feel like you are always scrambling to get lunches made? Do you pack the same lunch every single day? Are there daily battles over what goes into the lunchbox? In this workshop you will learn how with a little planning, and almost no effort, you and your kids can be eating quick, easy, and well-balanced lunches that everyone can feel good about!
Are you having a hard time envisioning what your future could look like now that you have children? Are you trying to figure out your ideal work/life balance? Join professional leadership coach Tamar Lechter as she guides you through visioning exercises and helps you to uncover your personal and professional ideal. All participants will leave with their own vision boards as well as personalized next steps for getting on the path to achieve that vision.
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. This symposium will include experts such as a fertility doctor, an adoption expert, a mental health provider, a rabbi, a legal expert with experience facilitating egg donor and gestational carrier agreements, and more! 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.