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Requirement for Membership

You must have a child born in 2005 or later and live in downtown Manhattan, participate & attend events and playgroups in Manhattan.

Bowery Babes is a downtown NYC nonprofit mothers group dedicated to supporting women from pregnancy through the early years of motherhood and beyond. Our mission is to support, educate and enrich parents and create a welcoming, close-knit family community within downtown Manhattan.

Bowery Babes is both an “on” and “offline” community. Our online forum allows mothers to be in contact with other moms on every topic under the sun. Each member joins an Age & Stage so she can be part of an even more intimate group and communicate with other families with children the same age.

In addition to this extremely active online communication, our members network through playgroups, meet ups and other Bowery Babes events such as educational talks, webinars, working-moms lunches, philanthropy and social events.

Upcoming Events

Conscious Parenting talk and luncheon with Susan Nason

Mon Feb 27, 2017, 12–2 pm EST

Bowery Babes invites you to attend a stimulating and informative talk presented by Susan Nason, based on the approach described in the classic book by Adele Faber and Elaine Mazlish; How to Talk so Kids Will Listen and Listen So Kids Will Talk

For more than thirty-five years, the book and method has been enthusiastically praised by parents and professionals around the world for the down-to-earth, respectful approach that makes relationships with children of all ages less stressful and more rewarding.

In this interactive lecture, Susan will engage participants in a discussion about the challenges and solutions around raising children. We will explore and illustrate skills and techniques proven effective to encourage autonomy, engage cooperation and problem-solve. Employing practical, spiritual and therapeutic approaches to the challenges of raising children, participants will leave the talk with concrete skills that can be applied immediately at home.

Learn how to:
Engage your child’s willing cooperation
Deal with your child’s negative feelings - frustration, disappointment, anger
Express your anger without being hurtful
Set firm limits and still maintain goodwill
Use alternatives to punishment that teach and promote self-discipline
Praise in a way that will promote your child’s self-esteem
Learn ways to encourage age-appropriate autonomy

Susan Nason trained with her aunt, Adele Faber and co-author Elaine Mazlish and has been a facilitator of workshops based on their approach for over 35 years. She recently retired from her position as the Assistant to the Director at The First Presbyterian Church Nursery School where she facilitated parenting workshops as the school's Parent Educator. She has facilitated the How To Talk workshop at the Ackerman Institute for the Family, many tri-state area schools as well as privately. She has been a speaker for the Parents' League. An ordained Interfaith Minister, she has a thriving spiritual counseling practice where she specializes in conscious parenting. She is the proud mother of a grown daughter, and is an ecstatic grandmother of two.

Ongoing Parenting Workshops are offered. Please contact Susan Nason for more information: rev.susannason@gmail.com

Your $10 ticket includes a lunch selection of salads from sweetgreen!

Girls Leadership, Raising Resilient Girls Talk

Tue Feb 28, 2017, 6:30–8 pm EST

Eager to learn about the pressures that are unique to being a girl in 2017 and how you can help girls navigate these challenges with confidence?

For over ten years Girls Leadership has awakened thousands of girls to a new, bold definition of leadership. Co-founded by bestselling author, Rachel Simmons, Girls Leadership believes that leadership is a way of life, which begins in girlhood. We define leadership as a girl’s ability to know how she feels, say what she needs, and respond courageously to her mistakes. Girls graduate from our programs more emotionally intelligent, resilient, and confident.

Girls Leadership NY Educator Lisa Rozza Haft speaks to parents and teachers about the challenges girls face today, the reasons why we see girls struggling, and what we can do to help them. In the acclaimed 1-hour talk (followed by a 30 minute Q&A), Lisa shares how to help parents help girls practice assertive self-expression, emotional intelligence and healthy relationships, preparing them for a life of personal and social leadership. Her engaging presentation covers the development of girl dynamics beginning in preschool through high school.


Parents, Teachers, Coaches, Administrators

Fee: $15/participant
RSVP: https://girlsleadership.org/programs/ps41rrg/

About Lisa:

Lisa earned a B.A. in Psychology, M.S. in Special Education and is certified in Special Education K-12, Gifted Education, and PreK – 6. She has three children a son, 27, and two daughters 24 and 11 years. She loves to go to the theater, comedy shows, and concerts. Lisa has been a member of Bare Bones Theater in Northport, and has used improvisation and role play in her classrooms in New York City for the past 16 years to teach all subjects- math, character traits, English language arts, social studies, science, and to help students resolve conflict. Lisa has long felt a great burden for young females who need to find their authentic selves, so they may grow to clearly envision, and reach their potentials. As a Girls Leadership educator, Lisa hopes to touch the lives of caregivers and their girls, and learn a lot along the way.

Keep Calm and Carry On- A talk with Dr. Michael Sweeney about understanding and managing emotions

Wed Mar 1, 2017, 9:30–11:30 am EST

Village Preschool Center will be hosting a talk with Dr. Michael Sweeney: "Keep Calm and Carry On". This is a lively conversation about understanding and managing emotions. Parents should leave with strategies relevant to their own and their children’s emotional well-being.

Parents say: "Just listening to Dr. Sweeney is like taking a valium :) I really appreciate his compassion for both parents and children. You will get a lot out of this talk and his wise advice about eliminating anxiety as parents."

When: Wednesday, March 1st, at 9:30 am.
Where: Jefferson Market Library, enter at the West 10th St. entrance.

Admission is free
RSVP is required by emailing village.preschool@verizon.net
Space is limited.

Dr. Sweeney is the Director of the Metropolitan Center for Cognitive Behavior Therapy, a private practice center specializing in the treatment of anxiety. He prides himself on practical advice for complicated situations. Dr. Sweeney was a National Institute of Health Chief Research Fellow and a Clinical Research Scientist at the New York State Psychiatric Institute. Dr. Sweeney was an assistant professor of Clinical Psychology in Psychiatry at Columbia University’s College of Physicians and Surgeons, CBT supervisor at St. Vincent’s Medical Center, and the external reviewer for the Masters CBT program at University College, Dublin, Ireland. Michael has lectured nationally and internationally. His advice is currently being put to the test by his 6-year-old son.

Moms Night Out at Grey Lady!

Wed Mar 1, 2017, 8–11 pm EST

Hi BB's
We are confirmed for our Moms Night Out at Grey Lady. http://www.greyladynyc.com/

This is a sponsored event and our host is Dr. Rona Salomon from Pediatric Dentists NYC, PC. Dr. Salomon has generously offered to pay for our first round of drinks! Deniz and I will hand out 1 free drink ticket to everyone upon arrival. Please RSVP so we have an accurate head count. Dr. Salomon will be joining us and looks forward to meeting everyone.

Drink specials will be available all night and you can order food individually.
We have a private space reserved which holds 30 people.

Here is a bit about our sponsor:
Dr. Rona Salomon was born in Tel Aviv, Israel and spent most of her childhood in Cleveland, Ohio. She completed her undergraduate schooling at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, and then obtained her dental degree from the New York University College of Dental Medicine. She completed her post-graduate specialty raining in pediatric dentistry at Columbia University. Dr. Rona is a member of the American Association of Pediatric Dentistry, American Dental Association, New York State Dental Association and New York County Dental Society. While not at work, Dr. Rona enjoys spending time with her husband and sweet baby girl in their neighborhood of Carroll Gardens, Brooklyn!

Pediatric Dentists NYC, PC is conveniently located in Soho, Midtown, & Brooklyn Heights. Our top priority is to provide patients with comprehensive pediatric dental care in a pleasant and compassionate environment. We not only provide dental care for our patients, but we truly care for our patients. We believe in personal attention and individualized treatment. We strive to give your child the care and dental health care information that will prevent tooth decay and keep your child's smile beautiful for life! Our services include pediatric dental cleanings, preventive visits, tooth extractions, dental emergencies, cavities, sealants, dental trauma, and treatment with laughing gas.

We look forward to seeing you there. Please RSVP if you can make it.

Deniz and Janine

The Essentials- A Workshop of holistic practices for new moms and their babies!

Tue Mar 7, 2017, 10–11:30 am EST

The Essentials- A Workshop of holistic practices for new moms and their babies!

A comprehensive workshop series for new moms that provides up-to-date skills that any mother in New York City must know. Facilitated by Shahar Lion (LMSW), holistic therapist and wellness coach, with every workshop featuring a different speaker, each an expert in their field. This first series will cover developmental movement, fitness, energy work and more. It is targeted to mothers with babies from 0-12 months. Babies are welcome! Sign up TODAY for this first series to secure your spot.

In this workshop series you will:
Connect and establish bonds with like-minded mothers
Learn tools to quiet your mind and connect with your baby
Learn new ways to take care of yourself and your baby with Jin Shin Jyutsu®.
Learn how to set a safe container to support your baby to thrive
Learn how to get yourself back into shape safely and efficiently

The workshops will be held on the following dates:
Tuesday March 7th, 10-11:30am
Tuesday March 21st, 10-11:30am
Tuesday April 4th, 10-11:30am

Location: Golden Bridge Yoga, 253 Centre Street, New York, NY 10013.

Early bird price (until February 21st): $100
Regular price: $120

RSVP: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/the-essentials-a-workshop-for-new-moms-tickets-31886574603

Themes for each week:

1. Tuesday March 7 - Infant Development Movement
During the first year of your baby's life, movement affects the mental, emotional and physical well-being of your child. In this workshop, you will learn how to set a safe container to support your baby to thrive. Specifically, you will learn how to recognize and facilitate an easy, layered sequence of finding Midline, Rolling, Creeping, Crawling, Sitting and Standing - building brain and body. The guest speaker for this workshop is Nisha Kewalramani, a Body-Mind Centering® Practitioner and a certified Infant Developmental Movement Educator from The School of Body Mind Centering®.

2. Tuesday March 21 – Essential (and easy) Self Care for Body, Mind and Spirit
Enjoy learning new ways to take care of yourself and your baby with Jin Shin Jyutsu®. This experiential workshop will cover basic hand placements on the body to help with stress, digestion, pain, colds, sleep and overall well-being. Be empowered as you discover how your health is literally in your own hands. Carrie Strauch, OTR a licensed Pediatric Occupational Therapist and Jin Shin Jyutsu® practitioner will lead this workshop. Jin Shin Jyutsu® is an ancient healing art that uses light touch on specific areas of the body to harmonize our life energy, thereby enhancing the body’s natural ability to heal.

3. Tuesday April 4 - Essential fitness tips to get the best out of yourself during postpartum
Learn how to get yourself back into shape safely and efficiently. Learn simple tips and tricks to get back strength and rejuvenation inside and out. Led by Shahar Lion, LMSW who is an expert coach in the field of movement, fitness and therapy, and specialized in women’s health. You will leave the workshop with an understanding of what your body and mind need the most during the first few months of being a mother.

Speakers' Bios

Shahar Lion is a NYC-based Holistic Therapist & Wellness Coach specializing in women's wellness. Shahar incorporates yoga, coaching, and therapy into a one-of-a-kind wellness program aimed to facilitate physical and emotional transformation in her clients. She works with women in all stages of life to bring holistic centering and strength to their minds and bodies with her customized multidisciplinary method. Shahar works with each client according to their individual lifestyle and skill level. She custom-crafts each session, workshop and seminar for her clients.
As a certified prenatal yoga instructor, a Licensed Social Worker with a Master’s Degree in Clinical Social Work from New York University and postgraduate training in Psychoanalysis and Psychodynamic Psychotherapy, and a certified Movement Analyst from the Laban Institute, Shahar’s unique movement/mind approach helps her clients de-stress, bring positive change both physically and mentally, and create balance in their lives.

Nisha Kewalramani is a Body-Mind Centering® Practitioner and a certified Infant Developmental Movement Educator from The School of Body Mind Centering®, founded by Bonnie Bainbridge Cohen.
Nisha obtained a degree in Psychology from N.Y.U. She went on to study Ayurveda with Dr. Vasant Lad at The Ayurvedic Institute in New Mexico and is still an active student of Ayurveda, the Science of Life. She obtained a license in massage therapy at The Swedish Institute and is also a certified Yoga Teacher. For the past fifteen years, she has focused on movement and touch as a means for transformation, with her longtime study under Bonnie Bainbridge Cohen. She is currently studying Biodynamic Cranio Sacral Therapy with Michael Dunning at The Sacred Yew Institute.
Nisha is currently teaching Infant Developmental Movement classes around New York City and Brooklyn. She works with infants and adults, teaching group and private classes.

Carrie Strauch, OTR a licensed Pediatric Occupational Therapist and Jin Shin Jyutsu® practitioner, uses an integrative treatment philosophy in her work with preemies, babies, children and adolescents. She blends her extensive knowledge of sensory processing, movement, play and child development with holistic approaches to health and wellness.
Carrie sees adults for individual Jin Shin Jyutsu® sessions, teaches Jin Shin Jyutsu® self-help classes and organizes the JSJ Inc. classes in NYC. She is the co-founder of Balance.Connect.Restore® - hands on learning for mom and baby in the 4th trimester, and on the advisory board for the Gateway School of Mumbai. A published writer and educator, Carrie has taught in the USA, Spain, India and the Netherlands on a variety of topics related to occupational therapy and complementary integrative health.

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