Nurturing Children’s Minds, Bodies and Souls Symposium

An informative and social evening for moms, dads, educators and caregivers of children from birth-age 8.

Thursday, February 7, 2019
7 - 9:30 p.m.
at The JCC Sara Walker Nursery School | Temple Sinai, 458 Lakeside Drive, Stamford, CT


Choose 2 workshops to attend. All workshops will be offered for both sessions.
Member $12 / Community $15 

Online registration has closed. 
We will be taking walk-in registrations. 

For more information, please contact Sandi Waldstreicher at 203.322.6541 or
The JCC’s Early Childhood Scholar-in-Residence program is underwritten by the Charles M. Karp Memorial Fund, through the generosity of Douglas and Sharon Karp and Lisa and Arnold Karp.


Schedule for the Evening
7:00 - 7:30 p.m. Check-in, Wine & Cheese
7:30 - 8:15 p.m. First Session
8:15 - 8:30 p.m. Break & Refreshments
8:30 - 9:15 p.m. Second Session
9:15 p.m. More Refreshments

Choose 2 workshops to attend.
All workshops will be offered for both sessions.



Good Night, Better Morning
Andrea DelGaudio, MA, LMSW
Waverly Group

Creating routines is essential in fostering a sense of security and predictability in your young children’s lives, while also establishing boundaries and guidelines. Developing repeatable, consistent routines can help to minimize stress and create a calmer, more structured home environment. This workshop will provide clear guidelines on how to create a successful nighttime routine for your family - including examples of families who have implemented routines and seen a positive and lasting impact in their homes.



 Less Anxiety, More Joy and Happiness
Elizabeth Cozzocrea, LCSW
Psychotherapist, Riverwalk Group
Specializes in mindfulness and behavior modification within the family dynamic



Angela Wilson, APRN 
Psychotherapist, Riverwalk Group
Works with families to improve communication and resolve conflict

Is your child or student worrying too much? Are you anxious when parenting
or teaching children? Our discussion will help you identify anxiety within yourself, as well as your child or student. Anxiety presents itself in our body and mind and its presence can affect adults and children alike. We will provide you with skills to help your and your little one’s worries go away. We will practice effective ways of re-setting your system by using mindfulness techniques and coping strategies.



The Power of a Positive Youth Sports Experience

Darrell Johnson
Executive Director, NYC Chapter, Positive Coaching Alliance • Better Athletes, Better People

In the U.S., over 21 million kids between the ages of 5 and 17 participate in youth sports. The reasons parents cite
for having kids engage in youth sports span the gamut from participating for fun, building social circles, and staying active and fit, to developing athletic skills for future competitive play. What we’ve found at the Positive Coaching Alliance is that no greater landscape exists to help build character and leadership capability in young kids than sports.

During this session we will explore the benefits of youth sports, including:

• Insights on encouraging the athlete to have fun while competing
• The parental role in creating a supportive environment for children
• The job of the coach to provide an age-appropriate balance of competing while teaching life lessons through sports
• How grit is developed while dealing with failure
• Embracing challenges that arise
• Spotlighting teamwork and working hard towards a goal



The Spiritual Child
Rabbi Jay TelRav
Senior Rabbi at Temple Sinai in Stamford, CT

As your children begin to ask questions about G-d and spirituality, you may find the answers difficult and intimidating. Using the work of James Fowler and the stages of spiritual development, I will propose appropriate messaging for your child at each turn, empowering you to serve as their spiritual partner more confidently. Who knows, you might even leave feeling a little more clear about your own spiritual development!



iParent: The First Generation
Mark Chuhta
Assistant Head of Middle School, St. Luke’s School




Rebecca Chuhta
Music Specialist, Stamford Public Schools

“We are the first generation of parents raising kids in the digital world, and
we have no idea what we are doing.”
With 50 years of combined experience in education and as the parents of three boys, we have seen many pitfalls with children and their emerging desires with technology. Be a part of an open discussion about raising children
in the digital world while still emphasizing the core family values that you hold so dear. Some of the questions
that will be discussed: How much screen time is too much screen time? Does the punishment fit the crime? Please join us for an informal discussion of parenting
the “digital native” child.



Raising Happy, Healthy Eaters
Susie Zachman, M.S., R.D.N.
Registered Dietitian/Nutritionist and founder of Better Beginnings

Do you want your children to love veggies, but are you worried that they won’t? Would you like them to be adventurous eaters, but they won’t try new foods?Most of us know what our children should be eating, but we don’t know how to make it happen. It isn’t always easy (more than 1/3 of parents view getting their kids to eat vegetables as a battle) or intuitive. Many common practices­—done with the best of intentions—do more harm than good. Learn how to feed your children so that they begin to enjoy eating nutritious foods. We will talk about why some common practices don’t work, and then spend most of our time exploring what does. Parents will walk away with fun, easy ways to teach their children to love their veggies and try new foods.


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