Parenting Center Workshops
Our Parenting Center provides parents and caregivers with support and guidance as they raise their young children. Our workshops offer practical skills and solutions, advice, and networking opportunities. Email MiriamS@washingtondcjcc.org with any workshops topics that you would like to see offered!
Tuesdays, April 22 through July 8: Bradley Method Pregnancy and Childbirth Education
Mondays, April 28 through June 23: Beyond the Bump
Wednesday, April 30: Grandparenting 101
Sunday, May 4: It Takes a Village: Family Planning, Fertility Issues, and Jewish Communal Support
Wednesday, May 7: Baby Care Basics
Thursday, May 22: Limit-Setting with Love
Thursday, June 12: Managing Household Spending with Lori Atwood
Sunday, July 13: Infant and Child CPR
Wednesday, July 16: Babysitter Speed Dating
Washington DCJCC Parent Workshops
(Click on the workshop titles below for detailed descriptions, prices, and registration)
The Bradley Method® Pregnancy and Childbirth Education
12 Tuesdays, April 22-July 8, 6:30pm
The Bradley Method® teaches mothers and coaches to use natural breathing, relaxation, nutrition, exercise, and education throughout their pregnancy, labor, and delivery. This Bradley class runs twelve weeks long and covers a specific topic each week, including pregnancy nutrition, birth plans, labor, and basic newborn care, in addition to ongoing instruction on nutrition, exercise, positive communication, and coaching. Students will also learn a different relaxation technique each week and be assigned weekly physical and relaxation exercises.
Beyond the Bump
8 Mondays, April 28-June 23, 7:30pm
Pregnant for the first time? Looking to create a community with other expecting moms to exchange ideas and find support? This group will meet weekly for eight weeks to provide a safe and facilitated space for moms to discuss their experiences and learn from one another. We will explore several topics, including: concerns about childbirth and parenting; balancing family with work outside the home; navigating new relationships with your partner, parents, and in-laws; and recognizing post (and pre)-partum depression. Facilitated by Heather Diamond, Psy.D.
Wednesday, April 30, 7:00pm
Becoming a grandparent? Not sure what’s changed since you had your own babies? This workshop will cover topics such as current trends in infant care and safety, how to be (and not be) helpful to the new parents, how to navigate changing family dynamics, how to be a long-distance grandparent, and how to equip your home to encourage visits. Led by Neva Powers, RN, Perinatal Instructor at Holy Cross Hospital.
It Takes a Village: Family Planning, Fertility Issues, and Jewish Communal Support
Sunday, May 4, 10:00am
This workshop will cover a variety of topics related to the complex process of starting a family, with discussions led by licensed professionals in financial planning, genetics, medicine, and counseling. Everyone is welcome and encouraged to attend, regardless of life stage, sexual orientation, marital status, and fertility experience. Take-home resources and a light lunch will be provided.
This workshop is cosponsored by the DCJCC Parenting Center and DC Minyan. This project was also made possible by a #MakeItHappen micro grant from the Jewish Federation of Greater Washington and Emanuel J. Friedman Philanthropies. #MakeItHappen is a global initiative of the Schusterman Family Foundation. For more information, visit makeithappen.schusterman.org.
Baby Care Basics
Wednesday, May 7, 7:00pm
This hands-on workshop will cover topics such as safe sleep, diapering, swaddling and other comfort techniques, feeding, baby proofing, well baby checkups, and sick baby care. Recommended for expectant parents, grandparents, and caregivers. Led by Neva Powers, RN, Perinatal Instructor at Holy Cross Hospital.
Limit-Setting with Love
Thursday, May 22, 7:30pm
This workshop will focus on how to set and enforce clear limits in a loving, empathic way, and to cope with the difficult feelings that naturally arise for both children and parents along the way. Led by Claire Lerner, a licensed clinical social worker, child development specialist, and Director of Parenting Resources at ZERO TO THREE.
Managing Household Spending with Lori Atwood
Thursday, June 12, 7:30pm
Lori Atwood, RFC, will show you how to get your household spending under control! Lori will go through the three biggest "trouble spots" in a family's monthly budget and discuss where and how to cut back without changing your lifestyle drastically. She will also give you specific tools to help you stay on track.
Infant and Child CPR
Sunday, July 13, 10:00am
Make your family safer by learning the basics of Infant and Child CPR with American Heart Association instructor Jay Gruber!
Babysitter Speed Dating
Wednesday, July 16, 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 and nibbles included!
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