Parenting Center Workshops

Our Parenting Center provides parents-to-be, parents, and caregivers with support, guidance, and enrichment 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.

Email Miriam if you need any special accommodations to attend one of our workshops.  Also email her with any workshops topics that you would like to see offered!

Upcoming Workshops: 

Thursday, June 29: Reconnecting with Your Center after Pregnancy Loss: A Workshop for Mind, Body, and Spirit
Wednesday, July 26: Parenting without Power Struggles

Check back here soon for more great workshops.  See our list of Past Programs below to get a sense of what's coming!

Looking for programs for parents-to-be or folks who want to be parents?  Check out our Before Baby and Family Building pages.

Also check out PACE, a great support group for women with babies ages 2 weeks to 5 months (not offered by the EDCJCC, but often meeting in our building)


Edlavitch DCJCC Parent Workshops

(Click on the workshop titles below for detailed descriptions, prices, and registration)

Reconnecting with Your Center after Pregnancy Loss: A Workshop for Mind, Body, and Spirit
Thursday, June 29, 7:00pm
Many women experience ongoing emotional and physical challenges following a pregnancy loss, and are often not afforded the time and space to process the experience. This workshop is designed to help you connect with your emotional and physical self after pregnancy loss. Our time together will consist of gentle movement, journaling, guided visualization, discussion, and mindfulness, all aimed at helping you to integrate the experience of loss, feel greater ease within your body, and find support and community.  Led by Emma Basch, licensed clinical psychologist, and Manisha Tare, occupational therapist and yoga teacher.
Parenting without Power Struggles
Wednesday, July 26, 7:30pm
"You need to eat four more pieces!" . . . "Bedtime NOW" . . .  "NO!  I do it!"  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, a licensed clinical social worker and child development specialist.

 

Past Parent Workshops (2016-17)

PARENTING WITHOUT POWER STRUGGLES
"You need to eat four more pieces!" . . . "Bedtime NOW" . . .  "NO!  I do it!"  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.

INFANT AND CHILD CPR
Make your family safer by learning life-saving skills from American Heart Association instructor Jay Gruber!

RAISING HEALTHY EATERS: HOW TO WIN THE MEALTIME WARS
Do you dread family dinners? Do you find yourself saying “just two more bites?” Are you sick of your kids turning their noses up at the dinner you made? 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.

TOILET TRAINING WITHOUT TEARS: AVOIDING THE PERILS OF THE POTTY
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.

GOODNIGHT, SLEEP TIGHT . . .
We all need more sleep!  Learn how to develop good sleep habits from the start, and how to address typical challenges that arise in helping children learn to soothe themselves to sleep and stay asleep throughout the night. 

MANAGING YOUR HOUSEHOLD SPENDING
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. 

STRESS-FREE PARENTING: HOW TO STAY CALM, COOL, AND CONNECTED (TO YOUR CHILD)
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.

DINNER IN 30: QUICK, EASY AND HEALTHY DINNER SOLUTIONS
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. 

BUILD YOUR BRAND: RESHAPING YOUR PROFESSIONAL IDENTITY AFTER KIDS
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.

BACK TO WORK AFTER  PARENTAL LEAVE? HOW TO CREATE A MINDFUL RETURN
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!

RAISING JEWISH CHILDREN: A WORKSHOP FOR INTERFAITH FAMILIES
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.

SCREEN SENSE: NAVIGATING SCREEN TIME FOR KIDS
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. 

SAFETY DAY AT THE J: INFANT/CHILD CPR AND PEDIATRIC FIRST AID
Make your family safer by learning the basics of Infant and Child CPR and/or First Aid (with a pediatric focus) with American Heart Association instructor Jay Gruber!

HEALTHY LUNCHES IN A SNAP
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!

MAPPING A VISION BEYOND PARENTHOOD
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.

PATHWAYS TO PARENTHOOD
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.

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Contact:

Miriam Szubin
Director of the Parenting Center
mszubin@edcjcc.org
p. (202) 777-3263
f. (202) 518-9420