The Perils of Praise

Discipline & Behavior
Parenting Skills
Parents Tips

By Joanna Faber and Julie King, authors and workshop leaders at Parents Place Parenting advice can give you whiplash. Be consistent but flexible, kind but firm, always supportive but never hovering.   One of our favorite crazy-making contradictions is: It’s important to strengthen your child’s self-esteem … but be careful not to overpraise! Just thinking about it is exhausting. There are so many ways to go wrong, why even open your mouth? Luckily, as long as you’re not being filmed for a reality TV show, nobody will rake you over the coals if you don’t praise your progeny perfectly. Still, if… Continue Reading


Posted by Julie King on January 16, 2019

The Do’s and Don’ts of Toddler Discipline

Parenting Skills
Raising Boys
Raising Girls
Toddlers

By Tom Limbert, M.A, author, parent coach, and workshop leader at Parents Place When it comes to raising toddlers, Dana Carvey once quipped, “They’re not so bad, just keep M&M’s in your pocket and feed ’em here and there.” If only it were so easy. What makes toddlers so terrible sometimes? That answer is not as mysterious as it sometimes seems (e.g., in the eye of a tantrum at Target checkout). Think about it—right now, while you’re calm and not tantrumming back at them. What are they grappling with that we have learned and hence take for granted? Two things:… Continue Reading


Posted by Admin on January 4, 2019

5 Ways to Help Children Use Their Whole Brains

Parenting Skills
Parents Tips
Toddlers

By Beth Berkowitz, Psy.D, Director of Children’s Clinical Services and Child Training Institute at JFCS’ Parents Place. We have all heard about left-brained people and right-brained people before. While it is true that many of us are dominated to some extent by one side or the other, there are ways in which we can help our children find balance. In the book The Whole Brain Child by Dan Siegel, M.D., and Tina Payne Bryson, Ph.D., the authors offer a goldmine of guidance for parents about how to encourage balance for their children and help them thrive. Drs. Siegel and Bryson speak… Continue Reading


Posted by Beth Berkowitz on December 13, 2018

Preschool Friendships: The “Frenemy” and the “BFF”

Parenting Skills
Parents Tips
Preschool
Toddlers

By Heidi Emberling, MA, Parent Educator, Early Childhood Specialist The preschool years are a time when young children begin to develop deeper friendships with peers. This is the age of the first “BFFs” (Best Friends Forever), when children gravitate toward peers who share similar interests or play styles. Preferences emerge within the preschool classroom, and jealousy may arise when a best buddy wants to play with someone else. Friendships are whimsical at this age. Best friends on Monday can be fighting mightily by Wednesday, then ready for a playdate with this same friend over the weekend. It is the age of “frenemies” and… Continue Reading


Posted by Heidi Emberling on November 30, 2018

Supporting Our Children in Difficult Times

Parenting Skills
Raising Boys
Raising Girls
Special Challenges

By Karen DeVaney, Psy.D., licensed psychologist with Parents Place Recent months have brought more disastrous wildfires, more senseless mass shootings, and other tragedies of violence and stress to our communities and the world. With frightening current events filling the constant news loops and real-time images on social media, many families–adults and children alike–are understandably experiencing increased feelings of helplessness, stress, and overwhelm. In these difficult times, even when not directly impacted by a tragedy, children are at risk of increased levels of anxiety that can affect their behavior and overall sense of well-being. Some amount of anxiety is natural for… Continue Reading


Posted by Admin on November 16, 2018

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