Growth Mindset Workshops
Working, the W in POWER, is a key component in accomplishing tasks in our day-to-day lives! The Growth Mindset workshops will focus on what it means to have a Growth Mindset, rather than a Fixed Mindset. We offer workshops for both adults and children. Participants will learn the importance of approaching situations with a growth mindset, meaning that they are not “stuck” the way they are, but rather there is always an opportunity to work harder and get better at something. Our brains are never fully ‘complete’ - they are constantly forming new connections and optimizing old ones. When we think of our brains, and ourselves, as ‘works in progress’, we can capitalize on this and grow to the best of our ability. Through a variety of interactive activities and lessons, students will learn to change their thoughts from “I can’t do this” to “I haven’t learnt how to do this YET”. Students will learn to accept that failures do not make you a failure, but rather they are part of the process leading to improvement. The experiential component of these workshops enables students to reflect on the fact that just like continued effort and WORK leads to the strengthening of our muscles, so too continued hard WORK and practice leads to the strengthening of our brain. Contact us to learn more about our Growth Mindset Series and to express your interest in joining a session. We schedule these sessions as requested and cater to each specific group.
Picky Eating Groups
At The Kahane Center, we use the metaphor of making new food friends to engage your child in the process of trying new foods. We do this by relating the process to something that is already familiar to children—forming friendships. Trying a new food is comparable to meeting someone new. At this first meeting, we often feel shy and unsure. Nevertheless, once we become more familiar with the person, we may warm up to them and begin to build a friendship. However, building a true friendship takes time and is a process of interacting with the person more and more. We aim to engage your child in this process with foods by taking the time to familiarize them with new foods. Over time, your child will be empowered to forge new relationships with the foods. We encourage children to take ownership of their food choices and make positive associations with the eating process. We realize that you and your child both have negative feelings and experiences relating to the eating process because of the rigidity that you experience day to day. Our goal is to re-map those feelings and experiences and recreate a positive association to feeding for both you and your child. We hope to weave this model into your daily lives as the overarching model that will help you and your child overcome your fears relating to eating.To join our Picky Eating Group, please contact us by phone at 201-894-9011 or by email at [email protected]
Tips for Engaging Picky Eaters in the Process of Trying New Foods
- Examine your own eating habits. Remember to model healthy eating behaviors in order to teach them to your children.
- Try referring to summer fruit as a special treat and watch these foods become more desirable to your child.
- Engage your child in the process of preparing new foods and watch their desire to try new foods expand.
- Help your child associate table and meal time with positive things. Try reading your child a story at the dinner table.
- Stay away from the children’s menu. Empower your child in making their own food selections from the adult menu.
- Change your family culture around eating and help your child to tune in to their hunger and satiation.
- Avoid power struggles around food.
- Remember to look at the entire picture. While nutrition is a concern that needs to be addressed, it is possible that your picky eater may also be experiencing anxiety.
Bonding with Baby A Reflective, Informative and Supportive Parenting Program
Are you the parent of an infant or toddler? Are you feeling stressed and overwhelmed from the demands of parenting a young child? Are you struggling with issues related to sleeping, feeding, and soothing? Our Bonding with Baby groups aim to provide support for all parents and give them the tools needed to promote healthy development. We aim to increase parents’ sense of competence, confidence, and adequacy. Our groups provide opportunities for parents to increase their knowledge about infant development and learn new ways of communicating and connecting with their babies. All families can benefit from additional support during this time of continuous change and transition during the early years of their child's life. Our Bonding with Baby groups meet once a week and address topics such as sleeping, feeding, development, relational difficulties, limit setting, and self-care. Our groups provide a unique opportunity for parents to gain guidance and support from experts in early childhood development and find support with other parents struggling with similar difficulties.
Our infant-parent mental health services are for:
- Expectant parents
- First time parents
- Parents of children ages birth – 3
- Parents of infants who have been identified with a specific challenge or delay
- Parents of premature infants
- Parents suffering from postpartum changes in mood or behavior
- Parents of infants and young children struggling with issues related to sleeping, feeding, and soothing.