Category Archives: Education/Enrichment

Be Zen Through the Chaos: A CPS & Mindfulness Workshop

Do you get emotionally hijacked when your child is disrespectful or pushes your buttons? Do you find yourself too angry or upset to use your parenting skills? This workshop will give you an overview of the life-changing Collaborative Problem Solving parenting approach and specific mindfulness practices to enhance your self-regulation and coping skills in those frustrating moments.

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May 19th, 9:00 am – 12:00 pm, Brookline

Newton Kids PMC Ride

The Newton Kids PMC Ride is back and better than ever! Get your bike ready to roll for this fantastic event. Rider and volunteer check-in begins at 8:00 am. Two-wheeled riders will zoom around a one-mile loop on Wells Avenue in Newton as many times as they can from 9:00 – 10:00 am. The 3-wheeled and balance bike crowd will tear it up on a separate tot course.

Be sure to stick around for the POST-RIDE PARTY starting at 10:00 am. There will be food, face painting, bike decorating, raffles, and more. This is a great way to get kids involved in raising money for an amazing cause. All proceeds go towards cancer research and patient support at the Jimmy Fund and Dana Farber.

May 20th, 8:00 – 11:00 am
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Too old to ride but want to support the event? Please VOLUNTEER:

From Conflict to Collaboration

A Parenting Framework That Brings Out The Best in You and Your Child

Do you ever feel frustrated with your child? Find yourself shouting and imposing consequences in reaction to challenging behavior? Imagine having a simple framework that guides you in every parenting challenge and brings out the best in both you and your child.

The Collaborative Problem Solving (CPS) approach gives parents concrete tools to relate better to their kids, reduce challenging behavior, and build their kids’ skills in self-regulation, communication and problem-solving. See to register for an upcoming morning or evening CPS workshop in Newton, Brookline or Natick that starts in May or for private coaching in CPS.

Book Launch party

Please join the book launch party of How To Coach Girls, by Newton moms, Mia Wenjen and Alison Foley. Did you know that 70% of all kids quit organized sports by the age of 13, with girls quitting at 6x the rate of boys?

Alison Foley, Boston College’s Women’s Head Soccer Coach, and Mia Wenjen, parenting blogger at, help coaches — both parent volunteer and professional — crack the code of how to keep girls in sports.

May 11th,  5:00 pm
Artemis Yoga, 639 M. Auburn Street.

Artemis Yoga is owned by Newton mom, Liz Padula.

Happier Now talk

Please join a evening with Happier founder and TED Talk speaker, Nataly Kogan. Nataly will share her game-changing strategies and insights on how you can live a happier life. She will talk about her new book, Happier Now, and about her time volunteering at the SEGA girls school in Tanzania, Africa.

Books will be available for purchase at the event. Reception to follow. Presented by Nurturing Minds, Purchase tickets at the event website For email inquiries please contact

May 15th,  7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Mosesian Center for the Arts, 321 Arsenal Street, Watertown

Preschool registration open

The Rockwell Preschool at Lasell College is currently accepting applications for the 2018-19 school year. Rockwell has a half-day morning preschool and transition kindergarten and will be offering a full day, full year program as well as flexible extended day hours until 6:00 starting in September, 2018.

Conveniently located on the Lasell College campus near the junction of routes 16 and 30 at 70 Studio Road, Auburndale. Please contact Kathleen Rudnicki at 617-243-2355 or for more information or to schedule a tour.

Thinking about your spring re-awakening?

Join Newton moms Jen Riff and Michelle Hubbard for these new, exciting classes! Each 1 hour class includes a 30 minute lecture and a 30 minute yoga/pilates movement portion. Bring a mat, a friend, and your wonderful energy! Children are welcome.

Choose one, or do all four:
1. Stress Management: Education and practice of understanding what stress is and reducing it in ways that work for the individual and family. April 5th, 11:30 am

2. Resiliency: Education about the definition of resiliency and how to increase factors that help you bounce back faster from negative events. April 29th, 4:00 pm

3. Anxiety: Education on what anxiety is — positive and negative anxiety, and how to manage it. May 4th, 11:30 am

4. Sleep: Education around why we sleep, the parts of sleep, and what we CAN do to sleep better. May 20th, 4:00 pm

RSVP to to reserve a spot or express interest. Each class will cost $30.00 per person.

Dr. Jennifer Riff, Ph.D. in clinical psychology, uses evidence based approaches while focusing on outcomes and results. Specialties include coping with divorce, building resiliency to disease, managing depression and anxiety, building social skills, and strengthening family systems. She strives to support individuals while challenging them to increase their coping strategies and resiliency to risk factors. With her experience and advanced training in a range of treatment modalities, including cognitive-behavioral therapy, family systems, and play therapy, Dr. Riff takes an integrative and collaborative approach to her work. Dr. Riff has a private practice in Newton Highlands.

Michelle Silberman Hubbard, founder of Posture for Performance, is a Stott Certified Pilates instructor and yoga instructor for the past 20 years. Posture for Performance has designed yoga and Pilates based workshops at such companies as Harvard Business School, Stern School of Business, Faulkner Hospital, Roger Williams Law School, Suffolk Law School, and Tufts medical school, in addition to working with hundreds of individuals over the past two decades. A dancer all her life, Michelle studied Theater and Dance and Duke and holds an MFA in Theater from Brandeis. Michelle has a strong daily yoga practice and is passionate about creating daily wellness and joy. A class with Michelle includes core posture work and alignment awareness, with a gentle yoga/pilates combination that will stretch, tone and strengthen you all over. You can contact Michelle at for additional information.

Register now for 2018-19 at Bowen Cooperative School

Does your child have September – December birthday or do you feel they could benefit from another year of preschool? Register now for 2018-19 classes at the Bowen Cooperative Nursery School!

Founded in 1955 in Newton, Bowen is one of the longest-running cooperative nursery schools in the country: not just a school for children, but a school for families. At Bowen, everyone has a chance to learn and grow, make life-long connections and become deeply involved in the preschool experience.

Visit the website for more information and to register: or contact Nina Tebaldi at 617-332-3923 or

Class for Mom: Your Return to Work Career Journey

Join in to learn about the steps you should be taking to re-enter the workforce. If you’re contemplating returning, have made the decision to return, or have already started your search and are looking for suggestions and support, they’ll help you connect the dots by sharing tips, ideas, and 1:1 advice on how to successfully navigate the next chapter of your career. Learn how the working environment has changed, how to deal with your resume gap, and what tech training to get.

Everyone’s welcome, but this class is especially targeted to #womenreturners. Sponsored by Newton Community Education.

April 12th,  7:00 – 9:00 pm
Newton South High School

CAP: Party for a Purpose

Join in supporting Family ACCESS’ Child Assault Prevention Program at their 5th Annual Child Assault Prevention (CAP) Party for a Purpose. Purchase Tickets: April 27th, 7:00pm Crowne Plaza in Newton Corner