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!
Sunday, October 19: Sex After Kids
Wednesday, October 29: Goodnight, Sleep Tight
Wednesday, November 5: Babysitter Speed Dating
Sunday, November 16: Infant and Child CPR (and Babysitter Meet & Greet)
Wednesday, November 19: Baby Care Basics
Tuesday, December 9: Defiance, Tantrums, Aggression, Oh My! Effectively Coping with Challenging Behaviors
Sundays, December 7-March 1: Bradley Method® Pregnancy and Childbirth Education
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
Washington DCJCC Parent Workshops
(Click on the workshop titles below for detailed descriptions, prices, and registration)
Sex After Kids
Sunday, October 19, 4:00pm
Child and family development expert Marsha Greenberg will address obstacles to maintaining a healthy sexual relationship after having kids, and discuss strategies for reconnecting in the face of the daily stressors and shifting dynamics of parenthood.
Goodnight, Sleep Tight . . .
Wednesday, October 29, 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.
Babysitter Speed Dating
Wednesday, November 5, 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!
Infant and Child CPR (and Babysitter Meet & Greet)
Sunday, November 16, 10:00am
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 life-saving skills from American Heart Association Jay Gruber, then choose to stay for a meet & greet event to enjoy refreshments and meet some of UrbanSitter’s newly CPR-certified local sitters. Everybody wins when parents and caregivers both know these crucial skills!
Baby Care Basics
Wednesday, November 19, 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
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.
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.