Dr. Brad Reedy

Madraigos is pleased to present “Be the Parent Your Child Craves: An evening of practical insights and inspiration,” to be held on Monday, October 30, at 8:00 p.m. at Congregation Beth Sholom (390 Broadway in Lawrence). Rabbi Zechariah Wallerstein, founder and director of the Ohr Naava Women’s Center, will b’H deliver a talk on the importance of “conscious parenting,” and Dr. Brad Reedy, world-renowned parenting expert and author of The Journey of the Heroic Parent, will enlighten and empower parents to grow in their relationships and parenting skills. Men and women are invited to attend at no charge.

The program will recognize the tireless efforts of two individuals, Rivki Rosenwald, Esq., MFT, CLC, and Rena Kutner, MFT, who selflessly dedicated themselves to launch and facilitate Madraigos’s ongoing weekly parenting groups which have taken the community by storm. Madraigos will be presenting awards of hakaras ha’tov to Rosenwald and Kutner for their efforts and success.

The great popularity of these parenting groups, based on the teachings of Dr. Reedy, proves that the community need is real. Many parents have shared their feelings of joy about finally finding a free resource where they can gain practical parenting skills and advice in an atmosphere that is open, honest, and positive. Parents feel empowered and secure that they now have a support system for their parenting responsibilities.

“Attending a Madraigos parenting workshop is one of the best decisions I have made for myself as a parent,” says Shira Stern [name has been changed to protect privacy], who attends one of the groups. “I have not missed a meeting. The moderators always make sure the parents are comfortable to share their feelings and experiences. I’ve been looking for a group like this for a few years now, and I’m so happy the community offers it.”

The parenting program was launched initially with one group of 13 sets of parents. After only six months, the popularity necessitated the change of venue from the Madraigos facility into the home of participants who volunteered to host weekly. Due to the strong demand, two more groups were started last year, and a fourth group is now in formation. With the success of the parenting groups as a foundation and inspiration, Madraigos hopes to reach the wider community with the upcoming program.

As a therapist and parent educator for thousands of families, Dr. Reedy has a unique vantage point watching parents move away from anxiety and confusion towards empowerment and clarity. He provides parents with an enduring source of truth–themselves. Reedy’s message allows parents to break through their shame and guilt, replace control with influence, understand their intent, and develop a greater capacity to truly see their children.

Mr. Eli Perlman, LCSW, clinical director of Madraigos, said, “This event was inspired by observing the positive impact on children whose parents have developed effective parenting skills and tools from our parenting groups. We have also witnessed the positive effect that educated parenting has on shalom bayis. With that backdrop, we wanted to provide the greater community with quality tools they can bring to their own families.”

Rabbi Dov Silver, founder and executive vice-president of Madraigos, commented, “I am excited and honored to have Rabbi Wallerstein and Dr. Reedy address our community. I encourage parents as well as therapists to participate in what will, b’ezras Hashem, be a very successful program.”

Madraigos extends appreciation to Rabbi Kenneth Hain of Congregation Beth Sholom and his kehillah for graciously opening their doors to host this special event. Since the inception of Madraigos, Rabbi Hain has been an avid supporter and devoted partner in helping families in the Five Towns community thrive and grow.

For more information about the program, please contact Eli Perlman at 516-371-3250, ext. 111, or eperlman@madraigos.org. For program sponsorships, please contact Rivka Lock at 516-371-3250, ext. 5, or rlock@madraigos.org.

Madraigos, a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization, offers a wide array of innovative services and programs geared towards helping teens and young adults overcome life’s everyday challenges, one step at a time. Its goal is to provide the necessary tools and skills to empower them to live a healthy lifestyle and become the leaders of tomorrow.



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