Parenting Center Workshops

Our Parenting Center provides parents and caregivers with support, guidance, and enrichment as they raise their young children. Our workshops offer practical skills and solutions, advice, and networking opportunities. 
Email with any workshops topics that you would like to see offered!

Upcoming Workshops:
Wednesday, September 17: Toilet Training Without Tears: Avoiding the Perils of the Potty

Sunday, October 19: Sex After Kids
Sunday, November 9: Goodnight, Sleep Tight
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 

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

Toilet Training without Tears: Avoiding the Perils of the Potty
Wednesday, September 17, 7:30pm
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. Led by Claire Lerner, a licensed clinical social worker and child development specialist.

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 . . .
Sunday, November 9, 2:00pm
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.

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.

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Miriam Szubin
Parenting Center Director
p. (202) 777-3263
f. (202) 518-9420