Parent education, support & hobbies

parent/caregiver education & support

Soothe

This unique class uses expressive arts, baby massage, developmental and sensory play, song and movement to help parents with children aged 0-12 months soothe their babies, build community, and increase their sense of parental competency and joy. Meets Tuesdays from 11-11:45am. $150 for 6 weeks, payable by cash, check (made out to Wesley Stahler) or credit card. A new session starts May 6 – contact us to register.

Expectant Grandparents

Pregnant for the first time? You’re not the only one whose life is about to change forever! This great class offers your parents or in-laws/partner’s parents a safe and supportive group environment where they can prepare for their new role in the family. By helping them examine issues such as how your parenting practices and attitudes may be different from their own, this class will help them support you in transitioning to parenthood and reduce conflict after the birth of your child. Meets Tuesdays from 7:30-8:30pm. $100 for a package of 5 classes, payable by cash or check (made out to Wesley Stahler). Please contact us to register.

Nanny & Me

This innovative program is a win-win-win: your child gets to participate in a great playgroup while your nanny receives professional development that improves the quality of care she is able to offer your family AND looks great on her resume! Our instructor will provide your nanny with information about a wide variety of child care and development topics, plus great ideas for educational activities to do at home with your child. Meets Wednesdays from 9-10am. $400 per nanny-child pair for 10 weeks, payable by cash or check (made out to Wesley Stahler). Please contact us to sign up.

Sleepytime

This is an experiential and playful bedtime group that helps families with children aged 0-5 years release their imaginations and develop their own bedtime stories and rituals. A delicious, organic bedtime snack is provided, and children leave each class in their PJs with teeth brushed and ready for a good night’s sleep. Meets Thursdays from 5:45-6:45pm. $120 for 6 weeks, payable by cash or check (made out to Wesley Stahler). Please contact us to sign up.

All of these classes are facilitated by Wesley Stahler, MFT, RDT, an early childhood mental health specialist and educator with over 20 years of experience.

Private Sessions

Feeling like you’re not the parent you thought you would be? Wishing your child came with instructions? Wesley is also available for private consultations, developmental assessments and brief or long-term therapy, either at Wallaby or in the comfort of your home. Great for help with behavior management, childhood fears and anxiety, developmental concerns, parenting tools, education questions, family transitions, feeding concerns, sleep issues, parenting disagreements, sibling issues, post-partum depression, toilet training, adoption issues and more. Contact Wesley at wes@buddhabelly.com to schedule an appointment.

parent hobby program

Guitar

Have you always dreamed of playing guitar but just never made time for lessons? Has your desire to inspire creativity in your children finally created the motivation you need to get started? Or maybe you just want to be able to play your favorite songs or your child’s favorite lullabies. No matter your reason for participating, our group guitar class offers you a unique opportunity to indulge your latent musical talent in a fun and non-competitive group environment – and you won’t have to worry about losing precious time with your little one or finding a sitter since children can tag along and play and participate in some great activities led by one of our amazing parent & me teachers. With the expert guidance of Vicki Hill of McCabe’s Guitar Shop, you’ll learn basic chords, reading music and tabs, strumming and fingerpicking, and will be playing in no time. Meets Mondays from 3-3:45pm. $180 for 6 classes, payable by cash or check (made out to Vicki Hill). Contact us to enroll.

Knitting & crocheting

This class – taught by the talented and charming Marc Smollin of The Little Knittery in Atwater Village – lets you enjoy the company and encouragement of other parents while honing your knitting and/or crocheting skills.  Absolute beginners are welcome, as are folks with more advanced abilities – Marc can work one-on-one with you to help you learn the basics, or to tackle a particular project you’ve been struggling to complete.  Meantime, your child gets to play in our fabulous classroom under the supervision of one of our parent & me teachers so you don’t have to worry about finding child care. $180 for 6 classes, payable by cash or check (made out to Marc Smollin). Contact us to register.

Voice

This class will give you the skills and confidence you need to sing in front of anyone – your baby, your friends and family, your adoring fans… Taught by Annie Stela, professionally-trained singer and pianist, KCRW-approved recording artist and performer, and Music Together instructor extraordinaire. Culminates with a recital at Wallaby where you can perform your chosen song (complete with live backup band!) for your invited guests. Includes child care provided by one of our parent & me teachers, so bring your little one(s). $180 for 6 classes, payable by cash or check (made out to Anne Dubrinsky). Contact us to sign up.

Spanish

Does your child speak more Spanish than you do? Would speaking Spanish be a leg-up in your professional life? Or maybe you’d just like to be able to communicate better with your Spanish-speaking caregiver? This class – taught by seasoned Spanish professor Ofelia Narvaez-McQueen – will teach you to properly speak, read and write basic Spanish. $210 for 7 classes, payable by cash or check (made out to Ofelia Narvaez-McQueen). Includes all materials AND onsite child care so you can bring your little one(s) with you! Contact us to register.

Have a great idea/request for a new hobby class you’d like to see added to our ever-growing roster? Please let us know!

Baby signing time

You already know that your baby can communicate with you long before he can talk by using gestures like pointing, waving or blowing kisses. This class will enable you to teach your child to use natural and fun-to-learn American Sign Language (ASL) signs to tell you if he is hungry, thirsty, needs a diaper change, and other important stuff (“I see a cat/airplane/banana!”) until his verbal abilities catch up to his intellectual ones. Research suggests that compared to other children, infants who use sign language speak sooner and score higher on tests of language ability when tested after second grade, plus better communication makes for less frustrated babies and happier parents! This class uses the PBS-endorsed Baby Signing Time curriculum that encourages signing and speaking together – children hear the word, see the word, say the word, and model the word with their hands – and that uses ASL because, hey, why not learn a real language spoken by millions of people all over the world?

Level One: Tuesdays from 3-3:45pm OR Thursdays from 12:15-1pm

Level Two: Tuesdays from 12:15-1pm

New sessions of Level One start the week of April 28. $160 for 8 classes, payable by cash or check (made out to Sundra Oakley). Baby Signing Time books, DVDs and other supporting materials will be available for sale, but are not required for participation. Please contact us to enroll.