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!

Upcoming Workshops:
Tuesday, December 9: Defiance, Tantrums, Aggression, Oh My! Effectively Coping with Challenging Behaviors
Sundays, December 7-March 1:
Bradley Method® Pregnancy and Childbirth Education
Tuesday, January 20: Choices and Challenges: Experiences of Employed and At-Home Mothers 
Sunday, February 1: Safety Day at the J: Infant/Child CPR and First Aid
Thursday, February 5: Managing Your Household Spending
Tuesday, February 10: Sibling Strategies: Navagating the Challenges of Multiple Children
Mondays, February 23-April 13: Beyond the Bump
Tuesday, March 10: Parenting Without Power Struggles

Washington DCJCC Parent Workshops
(Click on the workshop titles below for detailed descriptions, prices, and registration)

Defiance, Tantrums, Aggression, Oh My!  Effectively Coping with Challenging Behavior
Tuesday, December 9, 7:30pm
Defiance, opposition, tantrums, and other challenging behaviors are a natural part of the development process as children learn to cope with difficult feelings and learn to accept limits.  This workshop will focus on how to tune in to the underlying meaning of your child’s behavior and how to respond in ways that help your child learn to cope in positive, pro-social ways.  Led by Claire Lerner, a licensed clinical social worker and child development specialist.


The Bradley Method® Pregnancy and Childbirth Education 
 
Sundays, December 7-March 1, 5:00pm
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.


Choices and Challenges: Experiences of Employed and At-Home Mothers

Tuesday, January 20, 12:30pm
FREE! But Pre-Registration Required
Bring your lunches and pre-crawling babies to a discussion with Deborah A. Kahn, author of The Roads Taken: Complex Lives of Employed and At-Home Moms.  Dr. Kahn’s research explores the long-term perceptions of the diverse choices that women make in balancing paid work with motherhood.  She will share some of the findings from her fourteen-year study of employed and at-home mothers, and lead a judgement-free discussion about some of the complicated decisions faced by new mothers in the realm of work-life balance. We will provide drinks and dessert!

Safety Day (and Babysitter Meet & Greet) at the J: Infant/Child CPR and First Aid
Sunday, February 1, 2015
Infant and Child CPR: 9:30am to 12pm
Pediatric First Aid: 1:00 to 3:30 pm
Make your family safer, and meet potential babysitters at the same time!  The DCJCC Parenting Center is teaming up with UrbanSitter to bring you a terrific multitasking opportunity.  Learn the basics of Infant and Child CPR and/or First Aid (with a pediatric focus) with American Heart Association instructor Jay Gruber.  In between the CPR and First Aid sessions, enjoy a meet & greet event with refreshments and the chance to meet some of UrbanSitter’s newly CPR-certified local sitters. Everybody wins when parents and caregivers both know these crucial skills!


Managing Your Household Spending
Thursday, February 5, 7:30pm
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. 


Sibling Strategies: Navigating the Challenges of Multiple Children
 

Tuesday, February 10, 7:30pm
This workshop will help parents understand the roots of sibling conflict and offer approaches to help siblings work through the inevitable challenges they encounter in forging their lifelong relationship. Led by Claire Lerner, a licensed clinical social worker and child development specialist.


Beyond the Bump 
Mondays, February 23-April 13, 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.


Parenting Without Power Struggles
Tuesday, March 10, 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.

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Contact

Miriam Szubin
Parenting Center Director

miriams@washingtondcjcc.org
p. (202) 777-3263
f. (202) 518-9420