Going Back to Work
Maternity leave in the US is notoriously ungenerous. Just as you're getting used to being home with your baby and your work life feels like a distant memory, you realize that your maternity leave is coming to an end. Given the current state of the economy for many moms the decision to return to work in twelve or even six weeks is not optional - it is something that has to be done in order to keep your jobs and keep the roof over our heads. The thought of waking up at 5 or 6 a.m. and racing off to a job after being up all night with a crying baby might seem impossible. And then there's the guilt: How can you be a "good" mom and spend so much time away from your baby? No matter how long and hard you've thought about your decision to return to work, and how sure you are that it's the right or only choice, there will be mixed emotions. As a new mom, there is very little advice out there on how to make this difficult, heart-wrenching transition. Ultimately, it's an experience most go through alone, without dedicated support or guidance. At The Gathering Place, we felt the need to reach out to all of our amazing workings moms, either already back at work or coming to the end of maternity leave. This workshop will provide moms with the opportunity to have some clarity on their personal values, create community and connection with other moms in the same situation and have support in creating self-care to help achieve balance during this major transition.
"Home school" means a non-public school in which one or more children of not more than two families or households receive academic instruction from parents or legal guardians, or a member of either household. Homeschooling can be a natural extension of the early years of parenting. In our culture, however, it doesn’t come naturally. One of the many benefits of homeschooling is that each family can choose the approach that works best for the child and the family, and this approach can be adjusted as the child's and family's needs change. This approach to children's education gives parents valuable time with their children, the opportunity to build deeper relationships with each other, and the chance to help each child develop their unique gifts according to their own developmental timetables. Deciding whether or not to homeschool your child (or children) is an enormous decision. As with any other major decision, it helps to do some research. Why do you want to homeschool? Can your family afford to homeschool? Do you feel qualified to teach your child/children? What are the legal requirements of creating a home school in Florida? This introductory workshop provides parents interested in homeschooling the opportunity to explore the answers to these important questions.
Baby;s First Year
Deciding to homeschool is more than choosing the cirriculum or the books or the subject matter, it is a lifestyle choice. There are no hard and fast rules. There are many styles of homeschooling and you can adapt to one or more styles to suit your family. Families have a wide range of homeschooling approaches available to them including structured "classroom-like" teaching at home, unit studies where children explore a particular topic from all angles, co-op studies with several other families, and child-initiated learning. Additionally your child's learning style has a great impact on your success in homeschooling. In this workshop information about homeschooling in South Florida will be provided including links to guidelines, resources and curricula. We will also discuss what homeschooling actually looks like, incorporating learning styles and adequately meeting the needs of your children and family as homeschoolers. This class is a follow-up to our Homeschooling 101 workshop. Although attendance at the 101 workshop is not a pre-requisite it is recommended as introductory topics will not be covered.
Baby Led Weaning
Learn how to provide healthy and safe meals for each stage of your baby’s development. We’ll discuss how to make your own baby food, a timeline for introducing new foods, and ways to make feeding your baby fun and easy. Learn how to successfully introduce solids and how to develop healthy eating habits for life. Topics discussed:
- When is your baby developmentally ready?
- Selecting and preparing food for your baby
- Which foods to introduce and when
- Product recommendation to make meal-time easier
- How to identify food allergies
- Tips and tricks on reading your baby’s food cues, vegetarian diets, and including water in your baby’s routine
A clean home is a happy home. A home cleaned with nontoxic, biodegradable, Earth-friendly products is ecstatic. With overwhelming research available to support the movement towards green cleaning, this course offers parents simple solutions to keep their homes clean, and yet chemically free. Through hands on demonstrations, discussions, and a bit of fun and games this 2-hour class empowers parents to ditch their traditional cleaning products and go natural!
The Family Bed: Co-Sleeping Basics
Co-sleeping, sleep-sharing, the family bed: Whatever you call it, it means regularly sharing a bed with your child instead of sleeping separately. It turns out that many families sleep together all over the world. Only in a relatively few select cultures (Western, industrialized societies) have infants ever slept outside the company and presence of their breastfeeding mothers. Co-sleeping is growing trend in the United States. A national study published in 2003 found that between 1993 and 2000, the number of babies 7 months old or younger who usually shared a bed with an adult grew from 5.5 percent to 12.8 percent. Mother-infant co-sleeping and breastfeeding has played and continues to play and important role in contemporary life, but induces much controversy. This workshop is intended to give scientifically–based information on the practice of co-sleeping and address common challenges and concerns. A variety of subjects are covered about infant sleep in general, the politics of the decision to bed-share, as well as the relevant issues pertaining to whether or if and under what circumstances is it safe to sleep in bed with an infant, and if so, how to minimize risks.
From Diapers to Diplomas
Financial planning for parenthood is a bit like preparing for a long journey. As parents, you may have to stretch your budget to accommodate pediatrician bills, music lessons, and pilgrimages to summer camp. The cost of rearing a child until the age of 18 can be more than $100,000…and then there’s college. When negotiating the road from diapers to diplomas, what are your primary financial needs? How do you establish an emergency cash reserve to provide necessary funds for unexpected events? As you concentrate on your long-term goals, what types of investing should you consider? This workshop provides essential tips to ensuring bright and prosperous financial future for your family.
Vaccinations A-Z: Making the Right Decision for Your Child
The U.S. government advises that by age 6, children should have vaccinations against 14 diseases, in at least two dozen separate doses. Vaccinations aren’t mandated–but they are strongly recommended by Federal law, and some schools require documentation of them or a good reason (like a religious one) for why they haven’t been completed before they’ll enroll a student. Nationally representative studies published in 2010 and 2011, surveying parents of kids age 6 and younger found that at least 1 in 10 toddlers and preschoolers were lagging behind or not following the recommended vaccination schedule. Parents still have options: refusing some shots, delaying others or abstaining entirely. The workshop is designed to give you a balanced look at pros and cons of vaccination so that you can make an educated decision. The facilitator will discuss each vaccination in the childhood series, providing explanation of the relative disease, how the vaccine is made, possible side effects, benefits and points to assess a child's at-risk level when considering if the vaccine is necessary and schedule options.
How to Raise an Emotionally Intelligent Child
Emotional intelligence is a child’s ability to perceive, understand, and effectively manage their own feelings. It is also the ability to read subtle cues and relate empathically to the feelings of other people. Emotional Intelligence leads to greater mental health, better academic and professional functioning, excellent social functioning, better physical health and more personal happiness. More than a buzzword, it is a phrase that brings long deserved attention to the importance of feelings and emotions in our everyday experience. We are learning more and more about how the foundations of emotional response and attachment are set in the earliest months and years of life, and how these foundations determine in large part the degree to which we do or don't flourish as adults in relationships, socially, at play and at work. Studies show that emotionally intelligent children are healthier both physically and mentally; they do better in school, get along better with their peers, have fewer behavioral problems, and become successful leaders. They are more resilient, soothe themselves more easily, have better emotional regulation and manage stress and distress more easily. Emotional intelligence is learned, and you as the parent are your child’s first teacher. In this 2-hour workshop we will define emotional intelligence as it pertains to each stage of development. We will help you draw on your parental expertise and style, and guide you in nurturing your child’s ability to make connections between their thought and feelings. Time for questions and answers is provided.
Infant Sleep 101: Establishing Good Sleep Habits
In the transition from individual to becoming a parent, sleep sometimes takes center stage. Your baby;s sleep habits now dictate how much, or how little sleep you get. So it’s not a wonder that the most commonly asked questions we hear from parents are about sleep. “When will my child sleep through the night?” “My child was sleeping through the night, and now he’s waking up again, what do I do?” “Do I allow my child to continue sleeping in my bed, or should I transition him to his room?” “My baby woke up crying, do I allow him to cry it out? Or should I go soothe him?” Getting your baby settled in and sleeping well isn’t always an easy task. In fact, sometimes it can be quite challenging. The importance of adequate sleep, for both you and your baby, is severely underestimated. You don't have to "cry it out" to encourage healthy sleep habits in your child. This educational workshop is designed to help parents understand and encourage healthy sleep in newborns and what sleep “should” look like in the first year. Taught by a trained and certified sleep consultant, the workshop will cover a baby’s unique sleep patterns of those first 12 months, realistic expectations for sleep based on the baby’s age, and routines that can help establish positive sleep associations and promote good sleep habits. Time for questions and answers is provided. Time for questions and answers is provided.