Over the millennia, parents have always been concerned about the daily challenges that their children may face. As the nature and severity of these challenges evolve faster, it becomes nearly impossible to keep track of where our focus should be in addressing them.
“By the time parents have a handle on one problem, their children are already struggling with something entirely different,” says Rabbi Shaya Cohen, founder of Priorityâ€‘1 and rosh ha’yeshiva of Yeshiva Zichron Aryeh. This disconnect has serious consequences. “When parents don’t know what the problem is, there’s almost no way to help,” says Rabbi Cohen. “It’s like driving a car blindfolded. You may be the best driver, but you still can’t see where you’re going.”
Part of the solution, based on Rabbi Cohen’s decades of experience dealing with children across the spectrum, is parent training. For the past several years, Priorityâ€‘1, through its Community Training Initiative, has taught hundreds of parents the skills necessary to counter the issues that frum children oftentimes face, while providing resources to help teens enhance their love for Yiddishkeit and Torah learning.
Now, parents have a unique opportunity to supercharge their parenting skills at the Priorityâ€‘1 Brooklyn Parenting Expo, being held at Yeshiva Tiferes Yisrael, on Sunday, April 3 at 6:00 p.m.
At the Parenting Expo, parents will learn essential and practical parenting skills at workshops led by mental-health professionals and experts in chinuch. These workshops will address challenges in social and emotional development such as peer pressure, learning strategies, and a multitude of issues related to child psychology. Additionally, there will be workshops addressing skills to strengthen tefillah, bitachon, and an overall positive attitude towards a life of Torah and Yiddishkeit.
Among the many experts at the Parenting Expo are Rabbi Moshe Tuvia Lieff, rav of the Agudath Israel Bais Binyomin, and renowned psychologist Dr. David Pelcovitz. Other speakers include Barry Wilansky, executive director of Tempo Group; Rabbi Reuven Kamin, program coordinator at PTACH; Yosef Posy, PsyD; Rabbi Yehuda Mandel, LMSW; and Dov Finkelstein, LMSW. Additionally, parents will receive free material that contains valuable strategies for raising healthy, happy, and frum children. Light refreshments will be served.
“Happy, healthy, and frum children typically come from strong, nurturing families led by caring and involved parents,” says Rabbi Cohen. “And parents who educate and prepare themselves have the best chance of succeeding.”
The Priorityâ€‘1 Brooklyn Parenting Expo is scheduled for 6:00—10:00 p.m. on Sunday, April 3, at Yeshiva Tiferes Yisrael, 1271 East 35th Street in Brooklyn. For more information, or for sponsorship opportunities, please e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or call 516-295-5700, ext. 104.