Parent Workshops


Talking to Your Children About Sexuality

Talking to our children about sex may not be easy or comfortable. However, this workshop will help you feel more prepared to communicate your values about sexuality. This workshop will provide an overview of the developmental milestones that sexually healthy children should reach. Topics such as gender roles, relationships, and concepts related to privacy and age-appropriate decision making will be discussed. The workshop also focuses on building awareness of what Judaism teaches about sexuality, gaining an understanding of one’s own personal values of parenting on issues related to sexuality, and learning tips and tools for using Jewish values to raise sexually healthy children.

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Growing Up in a Superficial World: Helping Teens Embrace Their Body

A person’s body image is influenced by friends, family, culture and advertising. Recent polls indicate 95% of teens between the ages of 16 and 21 want to change their bodies in some way. Furthermore, as technology and media become more pervasive in our lives, children are bombarded by advertisements which portray unhealthy messages and expectations about the “ideal body”. This workshop will address how parents can improve their children’s’ self esteem and foster healthy body confidence in a superficial world.

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Beyond Bullying: Recognizing the Effects of Bullying and Breaking the Cycle

There has been a lot of press recently about the tragic effects of bullying. From cyberbullying to teasing, bullying and social cruelty comes in many forms. The truth is that bullying impacts not just the obvious victims, but all children in a variety of ways. This includes those who feel they are constant targets, to those who witness minor teasing, and everyone in between. The pervasive nature of bullying leads to a cycle in which young people learn this type of behavior from others. This interactive presentation will help parents learn when and how to intervene as well as provide a five-step model for teaching their children how they can stand up for themselves and others.

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Signs of Our Times: Parenting Teens In The Era of Texting, Facebook, and Other Diversions

Do you have access to your children’s social networking pages? Do you know how many texts tweens and teens send every day? Young people are exposed to more sexual images than ever. This workshop will help parents recognize and identify the most popular social media sites visited by tweens and teens. The workshop will also review the challenges related to safety, boundaries, and private and public online behaviors. Parents will learn how to communicate with their children about these topics, and discuss how to set limits while still encouraging fun, healthy exploration and self expression.

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Mother-Daughter Workshop

What is so special about the relationship between mothers and daughters? How do both groups negotiate the rocky territory of adolescence? A dynamic multi-stepped workshop including individual sessions for mothers and daughters, culminating with an arts and crafts project aimed at increasing dialogue and communication. The mother-focused workshop assists mothers in creating guidelines and parameters as their daughters move into adolescence, giving moms female-specific adolescent brain development information. Using games and fun activities, the daughter-focused workshop reviews the changes that occur during puberty. From a Jewish perspective, values are examined and strategies are looked at which mothers can implement to help young women mature into sexually healthy adults.

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