Talks & Workshops
Talks and workshops consist of a presentation on the topic, expert-led discussion that will contain practical hands-on advice and guidance, an opportunity to check in with other parents, and time for Q&A.
See our Current Offerings for our schedule of talks, workshops and events. We add new topics periodically, so check back with us soon.
Understanding Your Baby
Babies communicate without language, but they thrive on our verbal as well as nonverbal responses. Learn how to interpret and take pleasure in the earliest communications with your child. Develop a trusting, close relationship with your baby using verbal and nonverbal activities, providing the foundations for self-esteem, language development, creativity, and joy.
“Drop-In” For New Parents: For Parents of Babies Who Are Not Yet Mobile
New parenthood is often billed as such a wonderful time, but it can also be a time filled with overwhelming feelings. InParentis invites you to drop in with your baby and get a feeling for our down-to-earth approach to parenting. Get practical advice and guidance from our child-parent experts and meet and chat with other new parents.
FOR PARENTS OF TODDLERS AND PRESCHOOLERS
Any parent of a toddler can tell you they are a world unto themselves. With their new-found freedom via mobility and language, they can be a force to contend with. Come learn how to engage your little full-fledged person in cooperative activity instead of battling the so-called terrible one, two or three-year-old in your midst. Topics may include: helping your child learn to wait, to share, to listen (and cooperate!), to regulate feelings and get to sleep on time.
Parenting Preschoolers: For Parents of 3- to 5-Year-Olds
Learn how to help your child expand horizons with confidence and joy while developing the ability to control impulses, share, and take turns. Topics may include: setting limits tactfully, gaining your child’s cooperation, responding to your child’s work, instilling pride, and building self-esteem.
Building Emotional Resilience in Your Preschool Child
This workshop focuses on the building blocks to emotional resilience: the capacity to withstand disappointment, frustration, and criticism. Grown-ups with emotional resilience succeed in work and in their personal lives. The foundation for this ability begins in early childhood. You will gain tools to help your child begin to build this foundation so both you and your child can flourish and grow.
Thriving Throughout the Elementary Years
Learn how to help your child cope with ever-widening social and academic demands. Topics may include: helping your child negotiate friendships, limit-setting, helping your child take ownership of schoolwork so you don’t have to nag, and fostering self-esteem while dealing with frustrations and disappointment. As the wider world becomes increasingly important to your child, learn how to maintain a close relationship so your child can rely on you for continued guidance and support.
Bodies, Birds and Bees: Talking with Your Child About Sex
The title says it all! Come get practical guidance on how to begin an ongoing dialogue with your child. Some of the topics that will be addressed are: children’s curiosity about others’ bodies and their own, how and when to talk about sex, and how to tailor these discussions to who your child and family are.
Resolving Conflicts With Your Kid So Everyone Wins (and loses a little…but not too much)
Do you find yourself arguing with your kid about homework, bedtime, or getting to school on time? This workshop is geared to parents of elementary-age children who don’t seem able to “get with the program.” You will learn ways to make life’s requirements easier and sometimes even enjoyable by applying some wisdom to these age-old conflicts.
Siblings: Keeping Them Happy and Healthy
Relationships between siblings can be a challenge to the harmonious family life every parent dreams of. In this talk, learn how to respond to sibling squabbles and chronic competition for your attention and how to keep your sanity in the process!
Setting Limits and Following Through: The Art of Discipline with Tweens and Teens
This workshop will give you practical and hands-on advice on one of the most difficult tasks in parenting adolescents. You will learn how to set appropriate limits and consequences in ways that respect your tween/teen’s developmental needs while fostering his/her independence and good judgment. You will learn how your own needs can be met at the same time, and how you can protect your child as s/he steps closer to adulthood.
Fostering Communication with Your Tweens and Teens: Building Trust in the Age of Sex, Drugs and Other Scary Things
Talking to your adolescent can be challenging. Even more challenging is getting your adolescent to talk with you when your ability to control diminishes and your child is entering the larger world with greater independence. Get practical guidance on how to foster open communication with your child, how to build trust on both sides, how to handle inevitable parent-adolescent conflicts, and how best to connect with the changing young person in your midst.
Where Did My Kid Go? How an Understanding of Adolescent Development Can Help Improve Communication with Your Middle Schooler
The tween years, a long-neglected age range, certainly deserves its own attention! Topics may include your tween’s shifting moods, pubertal changes, social dynamics, and the impact of your tween on your family. Learn strategies for continued communication with your tween so you can all feel fortified in facing the coming years.
Preparing for the Transition to College
This talk and discussion will help you prepare for the upcoming changes in your relationship with your young adult. Learn what to expect about your college student’s transition, how you can help your son or daughter prepare for life away from you, and anticipate how this change in your family will impact you and your parenting.
Parenting as a Couple: How To Parent More Cooperatively and Communicate More Effectively
Where parenting affects our relationship, and where our relationship affects our parenting can be difficult to tease apart. This workshop helps couples learn how to integrate their different parenting styles and philosophies. Couples become more aware of the ways that having children can impact even the most successful unions. Learn strategies to preserve your unique and special bond with one another.
Helping Your Child Through Divorce
The experience of divorce is stressful to the divorcing couple, no matter how reasonable each partner wishes to be. When children are in the picture, there is the added burden of taking care of them when one’s own emotional resources are tapped. Come hear expert advice on how to talk with your kids, how to support their adjustment, and how to help them navigate through this period.
Parenting Kids Who “Don’t Fit the Mold”
If your child is in regular education classes yet struggles with learning, social or emotional issues — this workshop is for you. Sometimes the extent of our children’s difficulties remains invisible to those around them. Teachers and peers may not appreciate just how hard it is for your child to get through a day. Meltdowns may happen only at home. Living with this painful awareness more comfortably and learning how to balance your needs, the needs of your child and the greater world around you are some of the topics to be discussed.
Parenting Children with Special Needs
Come together with other parents for mutual support and education around the emotional, financial, and physical demands of living with a child with special needs. Among some of the topics that will be addressed are practical matters, such as: sorting through the array of services and multidisciplinary approaches to treatment, family matters, such as: the impact of your child on you and other members of the family, and understanding your child in relation to his/her challenges.
Transitioning Through Summer Into Fall: Holding Onto What Matters In Times of Change
Is your child preparing for camp or are you preparing for your child’s return? Will your child be entering a new school in the fall? As children get older each year, the natural rites of passage through schooling, camp and college can be stressful, but the challenges present opportunities for everyone to grow. Come learn how to face change optimistically and help your child navigate the transitions with you. Learn how to stay connected to your child through the ebb and flow of life’s changes.
So many parenting workshops are geared to mothers–not this one. Fathers’ specific concerns and essential contributions to their children and to their families will be addressed. Topics may include how to connect with your child when all s/he wants is Mommy, the impact of parenthood on sexual intimacy, and how to balance the demands of work and family.
As the complexity of our world increases, so does family life. Grandparenting, and the particular gifts that only this role can play, can do much to benefit everyone in the family. Learn how to share your support, wisdom, experience, and life perspective as a grandparent. Topics may include: long-distance grandparenting, current information about child development, defining your role, religious differences, and “the in-laws.”
Adult Daughters and Mothers
This unique workshop is for mothers and adult-daughter pairs. Mothers and daughters often have very conflicted relationships, each one wishing for a closer and less turbulent connection but finding it difficult to move past old patterns. Join other mother-daughter pairs to better understand each other, heal old disappointments, and find new and more satisfying ways to relate to one another.
The parent with an empty nest finds her or himself in the midst of transition: Who am I now? What is my role? How do I parent my “child”? How do I let go, and where do I put my energies? What do I do with my spouse? During this workshop, we will teach you how to find some satisfaction and excitement in this new phase of life while at the same time you might be experiencing an assortment of feelings, including relief, sadness, worry, and pride. We welcome all parents who want to share and be supported in their search for new purpose and balance in their lives after children have left home.