Parenting Groups

 

Children don’t come with instructions! Each stage in a child's development and in a parent's own journey brings new feelings and challenges. Parents thrive when they have both guidance and the compassion and wisdom of other parents.

 

Our groups are designed to offer a haven of support and friendship while moms deepen their understanding of what they need in addition to what their child and family need to thrive.

Groups take place either at our locations in Santa Monica, in private homes, or online via video conferencing. Both daytime and evening groups are available.

 

If you have a circle of at least 8 moms whose children are of similar ages, email us for more information

about creating a private group in your home.

First-time mom groups

 

Welcome to motherhood!  New moms usually have lots of questions about their new baby and want the necessary information to know how they can do their best as a parent. Each 90-minute group begins with general questions and answers, followed by a different educational topic focusing both on your baby and you every week. The class ends with singing or activities with the children.

 

Renewable 8-class sessions include topics that address both your child and your own needs as a mom. Topics include:

 

  • Sleep

  • Nurturing healthy attachment

  • Physical, emotional, and cognitive development

  • Feeding (breast, bottle and solids)

  • Marriage and the transition to parenthood

  • Work and identity changes

  • Stimulation and play

  • Caregivers

 

Age: Newborn to 18 months (babies are grouped together in 3-4

month intervals). Each group starts with a topic, followed by

discussion. 

If you have a circle of at least 8 moms who would like

to start your own private group, contact us!

This group brought me from confused to informed, stressed to relaxed, and terrified to trusting myself as a mom. I cannot thank you enough for this experience.

Tina, mom of Max

NOTE: We are here for you during quarantine! Our groups are currently being conducted by video and enrollment is ongoing. Please contact us for details!

Second- and third-time mom groups

 

Second-time moms often need a refresher course in baby basics such as sleep and feeding.  In addition, all kinds of new issues emerge as you welcome another family member.  Renewable 8-class sessions cater to the specific needs of a mom of more than one and are designed to relate to all members of the family, including each parent, the couple, the older sibling(s) and the new baby. Topics include:

 

  • Sibling rivalry

  • Balancing multiple needs of family and self

  • Behavior

  • Baby sleep

  • Baby feeding

  • Kidproofing your couple relationship

  • Recognizing and embracing the benefits of this transitionfor your older child

 

Age: Newborn to 18 months. Each group starts with a topic, followed by discussion.  Groups meet weekly (8-week session with babies) or in the evening once a month (6-class session, parents only).

If you have a circle of at least 8 moms who would like to start your own private group,

contact us!

I found sisterhood

in motherood.

Tracy, mom of Edmond

NOTE: We are here for you during quarantine! Our groups are currently being conducted by video and enrollment is ongoing. Please contact us for details!

Mom group

helped me to realize that

I am not alone on this  amazing and at times overwhelming journey!

Nina, mom of Stella

Parenting with awareness classes

 

Parenting well when your child’s behavior is challenging or when life is challenging for your child isn’t about following steps outlined in a book or by a parenting expert. It’s about the art of being fully present in relationship with your child, which is something few of us have been taught. Knowing when to come forward with love and comfort and when to step back and teach important life lessons is built on our capacity to listen deeply and to bring clear awareness to the situation at hand. Cultivating that awareness, or presence, is a foundational skill that can be learned by anyone - and can unlock our ability to connect from the heart and find creative solutions to a variety of challenges in family life.

 

Parenting with Awareness classes draw on mindfulness, meditation, and other holistic practices designed to help each group member connect with your child on all levels and create more peace in both daily life and family relationships. Topics are curated based on group consensus, and are always grounded in daily life as a mom.

 

Classes are offered standalone or a series of six, and meet in the evening once a month (parents only).
 

If you have a circle of at least 8 moms who would like to start your own private group, contact us!

Evening groups for parents

 

As your child grows, you are always in new territory as a parent, and questions about  behavior and development, and the ever-changing dynamics in the parent-child relationship are ongoing. A parent's identity is in constant flux as well, as she grows and changes along with her child.

 

For parents of children six months and older. Topics are curated depending on the interests of each group; classes are 90 minutes long and meet once a month (parents only; moms or moms + dads).

NOTE: We are here for you during quarantine! Our groups are currently being conducted by video and enrollment is ongoing. Please contact us for details!

NOTE: We are here for you during quarantine! Our groups are currently being conducted by video and enrollment is ongoing. Please contact us for details!

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