Parent Workshops & Support Groups

Expectant Parent Workshops

Prepared Childbirth

Learn what to expect with labor, birth, and the postpartum period.  Topics include:

 

  • physical changes during pregnancy
  • signs & stages of labor
  • when to call your provider
  • pain relief options
  • coping methods & comfort techniques
  • the role of the support person
  • induction
  • cesarean birth
  • postpartum changes

 

There will be ample time for personal questions. This class is intended for the expecting woman & a support person and offered in the TLC Family Center –  a bright, clean, non-hospital setting. Parking is free and easily accessible. This class meets once a week for 2 weeks.

Family & Friends CPR

The Family & Friends CPR Course teaches the lifesaving skills of adult Hands-Only CPR, adult CPR with breaths, child CPR with breaths, adult and child AED use, infant CPR, and mild and severe airway block for adults, children, and infants. Skills are taught in a dynamic group environment using the AHA’s research-proven practice-while-watching technique, which provides students with the most hands-on CPR practice time possible.

 

Family & Friends CPR is for people who want to learn CPR but do not need a CPR course completion card to meet a job requirement. This course is ideal for community groups, new parents, grandparents, babysitters, and others interested in learning how to save a life.

 

This class is intended for up to 2 caregivers.

Newborn Essentials

We all have parenting instincts that kick in after our babies are born, but informing those instincts with evidence-based information and expert advice makes raising babies with confidence so much easier. Please join us to learn about caring for your baby after birth. Topics include bringing baby home, infant sleep patterns and expectations, how to know what your baby wants by reading his or her cues, feeding choices, diapering, bathing, soothing your baby, and illness.

 

This class is intended for up to two of the baby’s intended caregivers.

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.

Breastfeeding Basics

Knowledge is definitely power when it comes to breastfeeding success in the early days. Let us help you prepare for the arrival of your little one by discussing all you need to know about initiating breastfeeding after delivery.

We will discuss proper latch and positioning, recognizing your baby’s feeding cues, how often to feed your baby and how to solve some common breastfeeding problems. We look forward to answering all of your questions and helping you get comfortable and confident with the idea of breastfeeding your new baby!

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/Support Groups

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 Parenting for Toddlers and Preschoolers

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.

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 sleep 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.

Toddlers 101: Tantrums, Hurting Behaviors and “It’s Mine!”

Are you a parent or caregiver of a soon-to-be toddler and want to be duly prepared for the upcoming toddler years? Or maybe you are already caring for a toddler and feel as if you would benefit from some extra tools in your parenting tool box to best support your dynamic toddler.

 

In this workshop participants will receive an overview of the concept of temperament, toddler characteristics, and early brain development. We will also address the most common challenging toddler behaviors parents and caregivers struggle with when caring for toddlers: tantrums, whining, hurting behaviors, and not sharing.

 

This workshop is also being offered at Sol Be in Chestnut Hill on Saturday, October 6th at 9 am. For more information, please visit SolBe Learning

 

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.