Parenting on the Main Line

  what parents need to know about raising
  healthy, well-adjusted, ethically-grounded
  children on the Main Line
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About Us

Parenting on the Main Line is an interfaith project sponsored by Main Line Reform Temple, The Middleton Center of Bryn Mawr Presbyterian Church, and Lower Merion School District.

In our third year of programming, we seek to support and empower parents to raise caring, resilient, well-adjusted, and ethically-grounded children on the Main Line.

Our series seeks to foster communication and understanding between parents and children through educational and interactive experiences.

Ultimately, it is the intent of Parenting on the Main Line to cultivate a community that is different.  We want to help parents feel comfortable in their role; foster communication between parents and their children; and perhaps, create a covenant community of parents who are courageous enough to parent against the prevailing culture of simply pleasing our children.


Following two successful screenings of the documentary Race to Nowhere in April 2011, the series kicked off with an evening with Ken Ginsburg at Bryn Mawr Presbyterian Church on Sunday, September 25, 2011.

Over the following eight months, we presented a monthly series of programs aimed to address the most frequently requested areas of concern for parents.  "Red flag" issues of bullying, self-image, learning, and fostering independence were addressed from October 2011 through May 2012.


The second year of programming began with a call to action from Dan Gottlieb on Tuesday, October 23, 2012.  Dan challenged his listeners to parent "from the heart" and pay attention to their own needs: "Parenting is not at all about what you say. It is all about who you are."

A three-part series of discussions followed with the theme of parenting from the inside-out, concluding with the mission to create a community of parents who are seeking a more purposeful style of parenting on the Main Line:

The Main Line is a wonderful place to bring up children. Parents have found the many rewards with the increased opportunities and resources available here. There are sometimes costs to children and families when they try to balance the wealth of possessions and experiences with the values of compassion, acceptance and what it means to be a success.

In January 2013, Parenting on the Main Line collaborated with Bryn Mawr Film Institute to present a three-film series followed by moderated discussions.  Lively discussions followed screenings of the films The Great Santini, Whale Rider, and Ikiru.