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. Email MiriamS@washingtondcjcc.org with any workshops topics that you would like to see offered!
Wednesday, December 9: Screen Sense: Setting the Record Straight
Sunday, December 13: Preparing for Childbirth: A Crash Course
Tuesday, January 12: Goodnight, Sleep Tight
January 24 and 31: Beyond Mommy: Living a Life That's Authentically You
Tuesday, January 26: Babysitter Speed Dating
Wednesdays, February 3-March 23: Preparing for Childbirth: Prenatal Education for the Modern Family
Sunday, February 7: Safety Day (Infant/Child CPR and/or First Aid)
Tuesday, February 16: Dinner in 30: Quick, Easy, and Healthy Dinner Solutions
Also check out PACE, a great support group for women with babies ages 2 weeks to 5 months (not offered by the DCJCC, but meeting in our building)
Washington DCJCC Parent Workshops
(Click on the workshop titles below for detailed descriptions, prices, and registration)
Screen Sense: Setting the Record Straight
Wednesday, December 9, 7:30pm
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. Led by Claire Lerner, a licensed clinical social worker and child development specialist.
Preparing for Childbirth: A Crash Course
Sunday, December 13, 9am-6pm
Prepare for your birth, your way! This one-day independent childbirth class prepares you for labor and delivery, common interventions, navigating the hospital, and pain management. Perfect for those who are too busy for a multi-week class, but with all the information you need for a great birth. Taught by Nicole Bruno, a certified doula and childbirth educator.
Goodnight, Sleep Tight
Tuesday, January 12, 7:30pm
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. Led by Claire Lerner, a licensed clinical social worker and child development specialist.
Beyond Mommy: Living a Life That's Authentically You
Sundays, January 24 and 31, 2:00pm
Whether you are seeking balance between family and career, looking to (re)enter the workforce, or trying to rediscover your authentic self after the transformations of parenthood, this workshop will be a place to explore and discover without judgment. This two-part series for moms, led by a Georgetown-trained coach, will focus on filtering through the noise of our lives and finding what brings us true joy and purpose. Participants will learn how to center themselves, be more present, and listen to their inner wisdom. Everyone will leave with tangible tools for taking the next important life steps.
Babysitter Speed Dating
Tuesday, January 26, 7:30pm
At this event, parents will be introduced to UrbanSitter, an online resource that connects parents with babysitters through people they know. After getting a couple of tips on how to find the best babysitter, parents will have the opportunity to interview at least 10 different sitters at 5 minute intervals. Sips & nibbles will be provided!
Preparing for Childbirth: Prenatal Education for the Modern Family
Wednesdays, February 3-March 23, 7:00-9:15pm
Prepare for your birth, your way! This comprehensive 8-week series will cover pregnancy nutrition and activity, relaxation, labor anatomy/physiology, and pain management, as well as practice exercises designed specifically for labor and delivery. While focused on preparing for a natural childbirth in a hospital setting, Preparing for Childbirth also includes thorough and judgment-free discussion of all labor and delivery scenarios, including epidurals, inductions, and c-sections. Taught by Nicole Bruno, a certified doula and childbirth educator.
Safety Day at the J (Infant/Child CPR and/or Pediatric First Aid)
Sunday, February 7, 2016
Infant and Child CPR: 9:30am to 12pm
Pediatric First Aid: 1:00 to 3:30 pm
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!
Dinner in 30: Quick, Easy, and Healthy Dinner Solutions
Tuesday, February 16, 7:30pm
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.