Parent Workshops

Claire Lerner offers the following workshops that can be organized for groups of parents, such as community groups, child care centers and preschools. To arrange a parent workshop, contact Claire at clerner92762@gmail.com.

Toilet Training Without Tears: Avoiding the Perils of the Potty

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Unfortunately and unnecessarily, many parents today are terrified of the toilet training process, having heard horror stories from friends about the power struggles and stress they encountered.  Learning this skill should not and does not have to be fraught with conflict or worse, shame.  This workshop will address ways to approach toilet learning in a way that is developmentally appropriate, respectful to the child’s growing need to feel in control of his or her body, and frees parents from unnecessary stress and anxiety.  The workshop will also address ways to manage typical challenges that arise during the process.

Goodnight, Sleep Tight…

Sleep is one of the most common and vexing challenges for parents. Sleep deprivation is so debilitating for parent and child. This workshop will address how to develop good sleep habits from the start, and how to address typical challenges that arise in helping children learn to soothe themselves to sleep and stay asleep throughout the night.

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Claire Lerner is an absolute gem. Her presentation is so valuable because it is practical. What I find missing in so many parenting classes is active modeling of suggested language and strategies. Claire does this in spades. It is so helpful to just listen to her walk through example after example of how she would respond to the child. I wish I had a recording of our session so that I could listen over and over to her modeling of the language.

-Workshop Parent

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Defiance, Tantrums, Aggression, Oh My! Effectively Coping with Challenging Behaviors

Defiance, opposition, tantrums, and other challenging behaviors are a natural part of the development process as children learn to cope with difficult feelings and learn to accept limits.  This workshop will focus on how to tune in to the underlying meaning of your child’s behavior and how to respond in ways that help your child learn to cope in positive, pro-social ways.

Limit-Setting with Love

We live in a world of limits, and the most successful people are those that have learned how to accept rules and limits and to get their needs met in positive, productive ways. So being a good limit-setter, and helping your child learn to cope with life’s frustrations and disappointments, is one of the greatest gifts you give your child.  This workshop will focus on how to set and enforce clear limits in a loving, empathic way, and to cope with the difficult feelings that naturally arise for both children and parents along the way.

Learning Happens

Children learn best through everyday routines and interactions with the important adults and children in their lives. This workshop explores how children learn all the critical skills they need to know through these everyday routines, with a focus on how all areas of development are interconnected.

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Photo by AndrewLam/iStock / Getty Images

Siblings Rival: How to Approach the Trifecta of Jealousy, Competition and Fighting between Your Two Little Ones  

Siblings do rival.  It’s a fact of family life, as each child is driven to define their individuality and worth within the family system.  Even so, the fighting and conflict that can sometimes seem incessant is naturally very distressing and wearing on parents who just want their kids to get along.  This workshop will help parents understand the roots of the rivalry and offer approaches to helping siblings ultimately work through the inevitable challenges they encounter in forging their lifelong relationship.

Parenting Without Power Struggles

“You must eat 4 more pieces before dessert!” “If you don’t go to sleep this minute there is no ipad for you tomorrow!”  Sound familiar? If so, you are not alone.  Power struggles are maddening for parents, and it turns out, not so good for children either.  This workshop provide parents with new insights and strategies for ways to lovingly and appropriately encourage their child’s growing need to assert their independence while maintaining parental control—not feeling like their child is calling the shots. Struggles around feeding, potty training, cooperation and others will be addressed.

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I love Claire's science-based approach and non-judgmental attitude. It was perfect--and she leaves enough time for questions.

-Workshop Parent

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Tuning in to Temperament

Temperament describes how children approach the world–how they take in and process their experiences.  It is why some children rush into new experiences without looking back, and others need time and support to feel comfortable with unfamiliar situations.  In this workshop, parents will learn about the different temperament traits, how to identify their child’s temperament, and how to adapt their parenting approach to meet the unique needs of their child.

Screen Sense: How to make good choices about your child’s use of screens in the early years

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Photo by PeopleImages/iStock / Getty Images

Screens are everywhere. They are a major new variable in young children’s development—another tool that is part of the mix of experiences they are exposed to and that affect their play and learning. But parents are very confused about how to make good choices around media use for their young children.  One article says using digital devices is critical for a child’s development, and the next best thing since sliced bread; another says exposure to screens is the root of all evil.   This session sets the record straight by presenting what the research tells us about the impact of screen use on young children, and what this means for assessing content—what is and isn’t educational; how much time children should spend using screens, and what role screens play in their child’s overall development.