For Mommy & Me… Daddy & Me… Or Nanny & Me…
Becoming a parent invites us to grow in ways we may not expect. And so, my RIE® parent-infant (and -toddler) guidance classes™ provide a peaceful and safe environment where babies can be babies and new parents can relax, learn, experiment with new approaches, and enjoy their child’s unfolding development.
Designed around the baby’s self-directed movement and play, we allow infants to freely move, explore, play, and engage with other infants. This is how babies are designed to learn and grow. The classroom includes age-appropriate gross motor equipment that provides opportunities for infants to challenge themselves (if they choose). I facilitate their interactions and play so you can relax.
Early Relational Health
As parents, we learn how to better understand our infants, to support their development, and to lay the foundation for a healthy relationship that will carry parent and child through life. We’ll use the RIE techniques to develop your ability to discern your baby needs and your response. You’ll feel more confident in your ability to respond to your baby’s needs, and enjoy them more.
As we explore practical concerns and bigger picture parenting issues, I will demonstrate RIE techniques and share insights from RIE’s Educaring® approach and the field of infant/toddler development.
- reading baby’s cues and responding
- the natural development of movement
- crying, sleeping, feeding/eating
- language development
- how babies learn discipline
- developing strategies for challenging times
- nurturing our babies for a secure future
- setting up your environment
- diapering and toilet learning
- consciously using the space between baby’s action and our reaction
Parents and babies alike find community in our classes. Groups are ongoing and may remain together in continuous sessions until the youngest turns two, providing continuity and community for parents and infants alike. Many families become life-long friends here!
An infant always learns. The less we interfere with the natural process of learning, the more we can observe how much infants learn all the time. — Magda Gerber
Fall 2022 classes
Location: Brilliant Births on 4th Street in Berkeley
Mobile Baby Classes
For: Babies who are moving (turning over, pivoting, rolling, crawling, but not yet walking)
Age: about 4-11 months
When: Thursdays, 11:30 am-12:45 pm
Dates: September 8-December 8, 2022
(*No class October 13 or November 24)
Learn how to support your mobile baby by setting up their environment for safety and learning, learn about the benefits of self-initiated movement development, and get a new perspective on diaper-changing and other care activities as the core of nurturing. You’ll meet other new parents and get support for yourself as you develop your own parenting style with the RIE framework.
Cost: $430 for the 12-week session
This class is now full. You may register for the waitlist to find out about future classes.Register for wait list
Younger Toddler Classes
For: Babies who are walking
Age: about 12-20 months
When: Thursdays, 9:30-11 am
Dates: September 8- December 8, 2022
(*NO class October 13 or November 24)
The world is different with a walker. You need to recheck your space for safety. Their cognition and feeling life are expanding again and you’ll be working to support their budding independence even though they are still entirely dependent on you. This is an exciting and challenging time as a parent. You’ll gain community with other parents and your child will benefit from social interactions even while their key task is still bonding with you.
Snack: This class includes a banana and water snack that the children may chose to participate in or not.
Cost: $490 for the 12-week session
This class is now full. You may register for the waitlist to find out about future classes.Register for Waitlist
At the current time, adults need to be vaccinated and wear masks for the protection of all.
RIE classes are relaxing and enjoyable, even though they aren’t built around entertaining your baby. In these classes, we practice being fully present while we observe our babies to increase our understanding of who they are, what they are learning, and how we can best support them. It is simple, and magical. To get an idea of what class looks like, check out the videos of a wonderful class with LA-based RIE® Associate and noted author Janet Lansbury.
Good to know:
This isn’t a class where babies come to be entertained or taught. Babies come into life with a built-in agenda to learn and connect. In this class, we adults are the ones who are learning — about baby’s temperament, capabilities, interests, and needs. RIE helps us do that.
Their learning is best accomplished through their own self-directed movement and play. And connection happens and security is built when we attune to their needs and interests, especially during caregiving. This is the powerful combination that sets the stage for a secure and confident baby.
To bring Parent-Infant classes to your school or organization, contact me.