Join us for our spring 2018 New Parenting classes!

Class Description

The Loved Child’s New Parenting Classes provide a warm and supportive group experience in which participants (mothers and fathers) can rely on expert guidance, evidence-based information, shared parenting moments, sympathy, and humor to help develop increased comfort and confidence in parenting.  Infants don’t come with instruction manuals, and there is no single “right” way to parent. Instead, new parents need to be encouraged to trust their instincts and to be sensitive to and respectful of each infant’s individual temperament style and unique needs. These classes provide a comfortable, non-judgmental, confidential space for parents to ask all of their questions, express any fears, and discuss the challenges (and delights!) that come with the addition of a child to the family.

Each class offers every parent a chance to check in with the ups and downs of the previous week, to learn about the phases of infant development (fine & gross motor skills, language, attachment, and others), to examine practical baby-care skills, and even to practice infant massage.  Parents will support one another as they explore different strategies for coping with the challenges of feeding their baby (and themselves!); sleep; changes in personal relationships and family dynamics; employment; and child care; all with due emphasis on self-care and maintaining a healthy perspective.

As with all of TLC’s classes, every family will receive the semester’s TLC Book on the first day, to be enjoyed at home and shared weekly in class. Progressively we will incorporate and rehearse gentle activity songs and rhymes that the babies all come to anticipate and enjoy! These new songs are easily taken home and shared with all caregivers, reinforcing the invaluable lesson that repetition is a major facet of infant learning.

While there is an agenda and suggested curriculum (e.g. a dedicated TLC Parent Topic and TLC Developmental Focus) for each class, there is also ample opportunity to raise the most pressing topics or to steer the conversation in any direction the group wishes. Families will receive the weekly TLC Newsletter before each class highlighting that week’s Parent Topic, Developmental Focus, and Take Home Idea. We actively encourage parents and babies to meet up outside of class and facilitate this with suggestions for places to go. We hope these classes will form the foundation for a wonderful, ongoing support system for all participants – and perhaps a venue in which to make lifelong friends!

Parenting & Infancy Classes

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Event Venue Date Description Ages
Spring 2018 Session 1 - Parenting & Infancy Class: Wednesdays The Loved Child (Belmont)
  • February 7, 2018 12:15 pm

Age Range: Newborn – 6 months Instructor: Brigid Durant Dates: February 7th – March 21st (6 weeks) – No class February 21st Time: Wednesdays, 12:15 PM – 1:30 PM Cost: $25/class, $22/class with early registration (ends Dec 3rd) TLC New Parenting and Infancy Classes include: TLC New Parent & Infancy Classes are unique and unlike (more…)

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Spring 2018 Session 2 - Parenting & Infancy Class: Wednesdays The Loved Child (Belmont)
  • April 4, 2018 12:15 pm

Age Range: Newborn – 6 months Instructor: Brigid Durant Dates: April 4th – May 16th (6 weeks) – No class April 18th Time: Wednesdays, 12:15 PM – 1:30 PM Cost: $25/class, $22/class with early registration (ends Dec 3rd) TLC New Parenting and Infancy Classes include: TLC New Parent & Infancy Classes are unique and unlike (more…)

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Other Programming

Below are other events open to infants and/or their caregivers.

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Event Venue Date Description Ages
Labor and Delivery: TLC Expecting Parent Workshop Series - 2017-2018 Sessions The Loved Child (Belmont)
  • December 11, 2017 6:00 pm

Knowing what to expect in childbirth need not be stressful. While we can’t plan how birth will unfold, we can prepare for the many possibilities. Facilitated by a certified childbirth educator, this class covers late pregnancy, labor, birth, and the immediate newborn period in a judgment-free environment. Whether you are planning to give birth in (more…)

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Fall 2017 FREE TLC Singalongs with JEFF JAM The Loved Child (Belmont)
  • December 13, 2017 4:00 pm

Come sing and dance with Jeff Jam on Wednesday afternoons after nap time and/or after preschool at The Loved Child! As many of you already know, Jeff is a friendly and goofy guy who sings and performs songs for children. Children of all ages with a caregiver are most welcome! Due to Jeff Jam’s popularity and (more…)

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Grace Under Pressure: Skills for Stretched and Stressed Dads and Father surrogates - 2017-2018 Sessions The Loved Child (Belmont)
  • December 13, 2017 7:00 pm

Have you ever found that your emotions and reactions as a parent are confusing, scary and hard to manage? Have you had trouble juggling the demands and stresses of parenting- (what parent hasn’t)? Parenting can be fraught with mess, stress and things not going the way we want them to. We can feel defeated and (more…)

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Fall 2017 Session 2 - Music & Movement with JEFF JAM The Loved Child (Belmont)
  • December 14, 2017 4:00 pm

Age Range: Infant – 5 years & Caregiver Instructor: Jeff Jam Dates: November 2nd – December 14th (6 weeks – no class November 23rd) Time: Thursdays, 4:00 – 4:45 PM Come sing, dance, clap, stomp, shake, wiggle, laugh and jump with Jeff Jam at The Loved Child after nap time! Children (0-5 years), with a caregiver, will enjoy playing (more…)

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Newborn Essentials: TLC Workshop for Expecting Parents - 2017-2018 Sessions The Loved Child (Belmont)
  • December 14, 2017 6:00 pm

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 (more…)

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Fall 2017 FREE Monthly Breastfeeding Support Group - Thursdays The Loved Child (Belmont)
  • December 21, 2017 12:15 pm

You’ve heard it all before – breastfeeding is normal! Breastfeeding is natural! Breastfeeding is nature’s most perfect food! It’s all true. But breastfeeding also has its challenges. And the most effective way to ensure you meet your breastfeeding goals is through support from other experienced breastfeeding mothers. Please join us for a *FREE* breastfeeding support (more…)

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Individual Parent Consultations
  • December 31, 2017 11:00 am

Before registering here, please fill out the form at https://thelovedchild.net/consultations/ so that we can arrange a date and time.   (more…)

Infant, Baby, Toddler, Preschool, School-Age Register
Spring 2018 Session 1 - Music & Movement with JeffJam The Loved Child (Belmont)
  • January 11, 2018 4:00 pm

Age range: 0-5 years Instructor: JeffJam Dates: January 11th – March 8th, 2018 (8 weeks – no class February 22nd) Time: Thursdays, 4:00 – 4:45 PM Cost: $20/class, $18/class with early registration (ends Dec 3rd, 2017) Come sing, dance, clap, stomp, shake, wiggle, laugh and jump with Jeff Jam at The Loved Child after nap time! (more…)

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TLC FREE Book Club for Parents from Pregnancy - Adolescence: 2017 - 2018
  • January 28, 2018 7:00 pm

If you love to read and are looking to meet other parents in our community, please join us for the monthly TLC FREE Parents Book Club. Our group meets once a month on Sundays from 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM at Conley’s Pub at 164 Belmont Street, Watertown (Conley’s Pub is across the street directly from The (more…)

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Spring 2018 Play & Parenting Class for SIBLINGS - Fridays The Loved Child (Belmont)
  • February 2, 2018 11:00 am

Age range: Siblings, 0 – 5 years Instructor: Jennifer Gillette Dates: February 2nd – June 1st, 2018 (16 weeks – no class February 23rd, April 20th) Time: Fridays, 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM Cost: $27/class, $25/class with early-bird registration (ends December 3rd, 2017, 11:59PM Eastern Time) Description: Please see the main Play & Parenting Classes page for (more…)

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Spring 2018 Session 1 - Parenting & Infancy Class: Wednesdays The Loved Child (Belmont)
  • February 7, 2018 12:15 pm

Age Range: Newborn – 6 months Instructor: Brigid Durant Dates: February 7th – March 21st (6 weeks) – No class February 21st Time: Wednesdays, 12:15 PM – 1:30 PM Cost: $25/class, $22/class with early registration (ends Dec 3rd) TLC New Parenting and Infancy Classes include: TLC New Parent & Infancy Classes are unique and unlike (more…)

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Supporting Sibling Relationships - 2017-2018 Sessions The Loved Child (Belmont)
  • February 7, 2018 7:00 pm

Whether you are preparing for a second child or already a parent of more than one, this workshop on Supporting TLC Sibling Relationships is for you! Sibling rivalry is unavoidable, but the good news is there are proven, evidence-based solutions parents can implement to make an enormous difference in sibling relationships. Participants will learn simple (more…)

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Family & Friends CPR: TLC Parent Workshop - 2017-2018 Sessions The Loved Child (Belmont)
  • February 10, 2018 2:00 pm

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 (more…)

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Grace Under Pressure: Skills for Stretched and Stressed Moms, Dads, and other Caregivers - 2017-2018 Sessions The Loved Child (Belmont)
  • March 14, 2018 7:00 pm

Have you ever found that your emotions and reactions as a parent are confusing, scary and hard to manage? Have you had trouble juggling the demands and stresses of parenting- (what parent hasn’t)? Parenting can be fraught with mess, stress and things not going the way we want them to. We can feel defeated and (more…)

Infant, Baby, Toddler, Preschool, School-Age, Teenage Register
Spring 2018 Session 2 - Music & Movement with JeffJam The Loved Child (Belmont)
  • March 22, 2018 4:00 pm

Age range: 0-5 years Instructor: JeffJam Dates: March 22nd – May 17th, 2018 (8 weeks – no class April 19th) Time: Thursdays, 4:00 PM – 4:45 PM Cost: $20/class, $18/class with early registration (ends Dec 3rd, 2017) Come sing, dance, clap, stomp, shake, wiggle, laugh and jump with Jeff Jam at The Loved Child after nap time! Children (more…)

Infant, Baby, Toddler, Preschool Register
Spring 2018 Session 2 - Parenting & Infancy Class: Wednesdays The Loved Child (Belmont)
  • April 4, 2018 12:15 pm

Age Range: Newborn – 6 months Instructor: Brigid Durant Dates: April 4th – May 16th (6 weeks) – No class April 18th Time: Wednesdays, 12:15 PM – 1:30 PM Cost: $25/class, $22/class with early registration (ends Dec 3rd) TLC New Parenting and Infancy Classes include: TLC New Parent & Infancy Classes are unique and unlike (more…)

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