Parenting

...A Little Help Figuring It Out

These seminars for parents of infants, toddlers, preschoolers, and school-age children are packed with real-life strategies and tips to help you and your children not just cope, but thrive.

Choosing Quality Child Care

Building NE49-5000

Presenter Kathy Kasabula, B.A.; Child Care Operations Administrator, MIT Work-Life Center

Choosing Child Care sessions are held monthly from 12:00 – 1:30 p.m. Registration is currently open for the following dates:

  • Tuesday, January 24, 2017
  • Tuesday, February 28, 2017
  • Thursday, March 23, 2017
  • Wednesday, April 26, 2017
  • Wednesday, May 17, 2017
  • Wednesday, June 14, 2017

These monthly introductory discussions are specially designed for expectant parents and those new to parenting or child care. Each Choosing Child Care session addresses different infant and toddler child care options, what child care costs, how to find and evaluate child care options, planning your parental leave, and the transition to parenting.

Infants are welcome if alternative child care is unavailable.

Will My Child with Disabilities Be Okay When I Die? Planning for Your Child’s Long-Term Financial Needs (Webinar)

Wednesday, May 17, 2017 - 3:00pm to 4:00pm

Presenter – Richard J. Harwood, CLU®, CAP; Special Care Planner, Financial Services Representative, Baystate Financial

Like many parents of children with disabilities, are you wondering what will happen when you’re gone? Have you been delaying all decision-making about your child’s long-term needs because it seems too complex and emotionally charged? This webinar will introduce you to key financial planning considerations, special needs trusts, and protection of government benefits that you will need to consider for your child’s future when you will no longer be there to help.

Is Your Little One on Track? Early Intervention for Infants and Toddlers (Webinar)

Wednesday, June 7, 2017 - 3:00pm to 4:00pm

Presenter – Bonnie Cohen, LCSW; Senior Director of Family and Clinical Services, University Settlement 

Are you concerned that your baby or toddler is not reaching “typical” milestones? This webinar offers an overview of the “red flags” you might look for along with an understanding of the evaluation process and typical early intervention services to support your child’s development.

Parenting Your Transgender Child – More Than “Just a Phase” (Webinar)

Wednesday, July 26, 2017 - 12:00pm to 1:00pm

Presenter – Jeff Perrotti, Founding Director, Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education Safe Schools Program for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, and Questioning Students 

Gender identity is an integral part of the way we see ourselves and engage in the world around us. This awareness is heightened for transgender and gender-expansive children, who often face barriers that can threaten mental, emotional, and physical well-being. This webinar covers gender identity basics and strategies for talking to your child about gender identity and “coming out,” and addresses the common challenges that transgender children experience. 

Your Child’s Mental Health – Emotional, Behavioral, and Social Issues (Webinar)

Wednesday, August 2, 2017 - 3:00pm to 4:00pm

Presenter – Tamar Gordon, Ph.D.; Licensed Clinical Psychologist

All children respond to stress in different ways. While some children keep their stress responses internal so that you are unaware of the effects on them, others might lash out with disturbing or inappropriate behaviors. This webinar offers an insight into the mental health, social pressures, and hidden emotional issues that may be impacting your child’s internal thoughts and feelings along with external behaviors.