Parent Workshops & Support Groups

Expectant Parent Workshops

Newborn Sleep: What to Expect

Expectant parents will learn about the science of infant sleep, from before birth through the first year. Developmentally appropriate sleep patterns and expectations, common milestones, and options to support your baby’s sleep development will also be covered.

Feeding Your Baby: Breast & Bottle

All you need to know about initiating breastfeeding after delivery. We will discuss proper latch and positioning, feeding cues, how often to feed your baby, and how to solve common breastfeeding issues. We will also discuss bottle feeding for moms not planning to or unable to breastfeed or for those women planning to return to work.

Prenatal Yoga & Self-Care

Learn techniques for taking care of yourself before and after baby arrives.

 

We will discuss common injuries and irritations associated with pregnancy and infant care and learn some exercises which are easy to incorporate into your day to help prevent and treat these issues. Methods will include visualization, massage, and yoga, as well as other self care practices intended to help you cultivate a loving, accepting attitude during this amazing, challenging, and life-changing process. Class will include discussion and practice of techniques presented.

 

INSTRUCTOR: Nora Dybdal

The Benefits of Acupuncture, Acupressure & Mindfulness During Pregnancy

A brief overview of what an acupuncture treatment looks like and what it can help treat during pregnancy. You’ll get an opportunity to try a needle, and we’ll also discuss a few acupressure points (pressing certain areas with a finger or blunt object like a bead) that you can use on your own to help reduce nausea or bring a sense of calm back into your body.

Parenting Newborns to Preschool Workshops

An Overview of Positive Discipline

Are you struggling to manage your child’s behavior? Is this taking a toll on your relationship? With so many parenting approaches, how do you choose the best option for you and your child? Join us for an introduction to positive discipline where we’ll learn the key components to developing, or restoring, a positive relationship with your child(ren) AND feeling like an effective parent.

Peaceful and Positive Parenting for Busy Parents

This workshop will provide busy parents and loving caregivers an overview of a peaceful parenting approach that focuses on strengthening relationships rather than attempting to control young children’s behaviors. Parent will learn the three components of peaceful parenting and receive simple, effective, and evidence-based strategies to implement at home. We will put peaceful parenting into practice and address the most challenging times of the day: getting out the door, dinner time, and bedtime. There will be time for personal questions and answers.

Peaceful Parenting: A simple, effective, and relationship-building parenting approach

Today’s parents are inundated with often conflicting advice for how to change, “fix”, and control their children’s behavior. Many parents of young children are confused and overwhelmed by the myriad strategies for effective discipline, including time-outs, time-ins, counting to three, ignoring bad behavior, using star charts to reward good behavior, and guiding behavior through the use of natural consequences.

In this evening workshop designed for parents of young children one- to five-years-old, TLC will introduce the three main components of the Peaceful Parenting approach. Participants will apply the approach to better manage real-life parental challenges such as temper tantrums, hurting behaviors, and whining. Participants will leave the workshop with new insights into handling their own emotions, a host of practical parenting tools, and greater confidence in building a lifelong connection with their children.

Sleep Support Groups

Join experienced pediatric sleep consultant and child development specialist, Sarah Kerrigan, as she facilitates a drop-in support group for parents of children 0-4 years.

Come share your experiences and struggles around sleep with parents who can relate! Learn from the group, gain the support of others, and gather information on the science behind your child’s sleep as well as practical tips from our expert facilitator.

Little ones are VERY welcome to attend this unique group with a loving caregiver!

Supporting Sibling Relationships

Sibling rivalry is unavoidable and inevitable but the good news is there are proven and evidence-based solutions parents can implement to make an enormous difference in sibling relationships. Participants will learn simple and concrete strategies for minimizing conflicts and suggestions on how to foster loving and life-long relationships between siblings. This workshop is appropriate for families with children 0 – 7 years.

 

The workshop will include:

  • Siblings 101: spacing, birth order, and temperament, gender differences
  • Tools to prevent sibling rivalry and jealousy
  • Strategies to build sibling bonding
  • Suggestions how to decrease competition and fights over possessions
  • How best to intervene during challenging moments
  • Take-home parent resources
  • Time for personal questions & answers

 

*Please note: The Loved Child hosts a separate event for preparing older siblings for the arrival of a new baby sibling called Welcoming the New Baby with TLC. This unique workshop has two parts: Part 1: Parents and siblings (2.9 – 7 years) participate in hands-on activities and create take-home gifts to prepare the older siblings for the arrival of the newest sibling. Part 2 The parents-only workshop addresses how best the parents can prepare the family for the new baby, how best to prepare the siblings for the upcoming (possible) separation during the birth, the introduction of the siblings to the baby, and the first days/weeks at home with the new baby and older siblings. If interested in this workshop, please click here.

Toilet Training with TLC: Ready? Set? Go!

Are you wondering if it is time to introduce potty training at home? Are you wondering which potty chair to use? How about the choice between Pull-Ups and underwear? And what about rewards- praise? M&M’s? Sticker charts? We will be addressing all these common questions, and much more, during our TLC Parent Workshop on Toilet Training.

 

At The Loved Child, we realize parents can feel overwhelmed by the well-meaning but often contradictory advice from friends & family and the numerous online resources and books. We understand each child has his/her own unique temperament style and deserves a clear, simple and stress-free toilet training approach. Wherever you may be on your child’s toilet training journey we welcome you to join us for an informative, supportive and fun evening. There will be plenty of time for personal questions and group support.

 

This workshop is appropriate for loving parents & caregivers of children one year and older.

 

Tuning in to Your Baby’s Temperament

Participants will review each of the 9 traits of temperament, complete a temperament survey, and discuss how best to anticipate, prepare, and support children individually.

Welcoming the New Baby with TLC: Preparing for the Baby Sibling

Preparing the family for a new baby can be simultaneously joyful and stressful.

This TLC 2-part series is geared toward both the expectant parents and siblings (2.9 years and older).

 

  • At the 1-hour family workshop, we will explore what the addition of a new baby means for everyone in the family through books, a variety of hands-on activity stations, and take-home arts & crafts projects (shhhhh, families will also create a gift for the new baby too!). The class price includes all materials in addition to a new take-home picture book for the family to explore at home.

 

  • At the parent workshop the following evening, parents will receive support and education how best to prepare the family for the arrival of the newest baby. In addition, the workshop will include suggestions how to prepare the sibling(s) for the separation from the parents during birth; recommendations how to introduce the sibling(s) to the new baby; and a group discussion focused on the first weeks/months at home including possible parenting challenges. There will be time for personal questions & answers.

 

All registrations are per family, and include both the whole-family morning workshop and the parent-only evening workshop.

TLC Workshops at Community Locations:

An Overview of Positive Discipline @SolBe in Chestnut Hill

Are you struggling to manage your child’s behavior? Is this taking a toll on your relationship? With so many parenting approaches, how do you choose the best option for you and your child? Join us for an introduction to positive discipline where we’ll learn the key components to developing, or restoring, a positive relationship with your child(ren) AND feeling like an effective parent.

 

The location for this workshop is:

SolBe Learning
631 VFW Parkway
Boston, MA 02467

Supporting Healthy Sleep Habits for Toddlers & Preschoolers – @SolBe in Chestnut Hill

Sleep changes in many ways over the first several years of a child’s life. What used to work well for your baby might not for your toddler!

Along with biological changes, other parts of a child’s development play roles in what sleep looks like.

Common sleep challenges in the toddler & preschooler years might include:
– Long, drawn out bedtimes full of requests for more, more, more!
– Struggles with reducing or eliminating night time feedings.
– Continued or new night time wakings, sometimes related to new fears.
– Changes in sleep patterns due to changing or eliminating naps.

In this workshop you will learn about the following elements of toddler and preschooler sleep:
– Biological
– Psychological
– Temperamental
– Developmental
– Environmental

You will also learn strategies to help you move toward your sleep goals for your child.
There will be time at the end for some questions and discussion with your facilitator, Sarah Kerrigan, M.A., Sleep Therapist at The Loved Child

 

The location for this workshop is:

SolBe Learning
631 VFW Parkway
Boston, MA 02467

Toilet Training with TLC: Ready? Set? Go! – @SolBe in Chestnut Hill

Are you wondering if it is time to introduce potty training at home? Are you wondering which potty chair to use? How about the choice between Pull-Ups and underwear? And what about rewards- praise? M&M’s? Sticker charts? We will be addressing all these common questions, and much more, during our TLC Parent Workshop on Toilet Training.

At The Loved Child, we realize parents can feel overwhelmed by the well-meaning but often contradictory advice from friends & family and the numerous online resources and books. We understand each child has his/her own unique temperament style and deserves a clear, simple and stress-free toilet training approach. Wherever you may be on your child’s toilet training journey we welcome you to join us for an informative, supportive and fun evening. There will be plenty of time for personal questions and group support.

This workshop is appropriate for loving parents & caregivers of children one year and older.

 

The location for this workshop is:

SolBe Learning
631 VFW Parkway
Boston, MA 02467

Peaceful and Positive Parenting for Busy Parents @SolBe in Chestnut Hill

Today’s parents are inundated with often conflicting advice for how to change, “fix”, and control their children’s behavior. Many parents of young children are confused and overwhelmed by the myriad strategies for effective discipline, including time-outs, time-ins, counting to three, ignoring bad behavior, using star charts to reward good behavior, and guiding behavior through the use of natural consequences.
 

 

In this workshop designed for parents of young children one- to five-years-old, TLC will introduce the three main components of the Peaceful Parenting approach. Participants will apply the approach to better manage real-life parental challenges during the most difficult times of the day: getting out the door, dinner time, and bedtime. Participants will leave the workshop with new insights into handling their own emotions, a host of practical parenting tools, and greater confidence in building a lifelong connection with their children. There will be time for personal questions and answers.

 

The location for this workshop is:

SolBe Learning
631 VFW Parkway
Boston, MA 02467