COMMUNITY COLLEGE OFFERS
MOTHERING CLASS THIS SPRING
Westchester Community College, in conjunction with
Sherri Muroff Kalt, founder of The Authentic Mom, is helping local women
meet the challenges of motherhood. This is just one of hundreds of
non-credit courses offered by the college. The new course, “Out in the Open:
Discussing the Challenging Dynamics of Motherhood,” encourages participants
to examine the family issues, societal pressures and expectations that can
make motherhood so stressful.
Ambivalence about motherhood, managing competing roles
and needs, the impact of decisions with regard to work, and losing a sense
of self are among the topics being explored. Other key dynamics include
societal pressure to raise “perfect” children, pressure to conform to
prescribed parenting approaches, and women’s disproportionate share of child
rearing tasks and household management.
Utilizing a discussion group format, the class meets at
Community College in
every Wednesday evening from 7:00 to 8:30 p.m. through mid-March. The fee
for the course is $95.
The spring semester course is being facilitated by
Sherri Muroff Kalt, founder of the Authentic Mom, who leads support groups
for mothers. These groups provide a safe environment for women to explore in
depth the cultural pressures/dictates and problematic parent-child dynamics
that can trigger uncomfortable feelings of self-doubt, inadequacy, anxiety
and shame. The issues arising from these groups inspired the development of
the new discussion-oriented course.
Sarah Fowler-Rogers, Director of Community Services at
the college, emphasizes the importance of providing a “forum in which women
can enter into a much-needed dialogue about the true feelings/experiences of
motherhood that remain largely hidden in our society.” To register and
obtain more information, call 914-606-6830 press 1 or visit our website at
www.sunywcc.edu/ce. For more
information about The Authentic Mom, visit