7 Tools for Your Positive Discipline Toolbox

Discipline & Behavior

By Stephanie Agnew, Assistant Director of Parents Place on the Peninsula Knowing when and how to set appropriate and effective limits with young children is always a challenge. What is the appropriate consequence for this behavior? Should I be bothered by this behavior or not?  How should I respond when my child hits me? As parents, we are constantly questioning ourselves and looking for the “magic bullet” to end the uncomfortable situation as quickly and permanently as possible. The reality is that there is no “magic bullet”. All behavior in young children is created by the convergence of three things:… Continue Reading

Posted by Stephanie Agnew on January 30, 2020

Changing the Narrative on Adolescents

Parenting Skills
Parents Tips
Preteens & Teens

By Beth Berkowitz, PsyD. Director of Children’s Clinical Services and the Center for Children and Youth Training Institute  The Center for Children and Youth at JFCS is joining forces with Dr. Ken Ginsburg and The Center for Parent and Teen Communication in Philadelphia to help change the narrative about teens. Adolescence is a time of extraordinary possibility for young people. Yet, it’s always been heralded as a tumultuous time in an individual’s life. We just need to look to television and movies to prove this point, which is illustrated by everything from Rebel Without a Cause to Ferris Bueller’s Day… Continue Reading

Posted by Beth Berkowitz on December 31, 2019

6 Ways to Support the Emotional Well-Being of Children With Learning Disorders

Parenting Skills
Special Challenges

By Robyn Matlon, Psy.D., M.A., M.Ed. Imagine you keep falling behind your coworkers, feel confused about what is being asked of you all the time and, no matter how many extra hours of work you put in, your work keeps piling up. While this can be a common struggle for many people at some points in their lives or careers, for kids with learning disabilities, it is part of their experience every week, day, hour, and minute. As a result, it is very common for kids with learning disabilities to feel demoralized and to struggle with their emotions and overall… Continue Reading

Posted by Robyn Matlon on November 20, 2019

Real Tips: The Best Advice for New Parents

Birth - First Year
Parenting Skills
Parents Tips

All parents have been there, and all parents can relate to what is certainly one of our most life-changing experiences—that of becoming a new parent. We recently asked our parent readers on social media, and a few of our parenting experts at Parents Place, to share their expertise with parents-to-be. Here are their top tips: 1. Follow Your Gut Don’t compare. Trust your gut.—Erin, The Activity Director There will always be conflicting information … on every topic! The best we can do is hear/learn about both sides and then decide what’s best for our family and what’s in our heart…. Continue Reading

Posted by Admin on October 24, 2019

Left to Our Own Devices

Media Safety
Parenting Skills
Parents Tips

By Havi Wolfson Hall, LCSW, Child and Adolescent Therapist and Parent Educator at Parents Place, Palo Alto “Help! My Kid is addicted to their phone!” Multiple scientific research studies are being published about the harmful correlations of screen time and children’s mental health, and more and more parents are seeking professional guidance around how to break their children’s screen time addiction. As with any addiction, the cycle of addiction is a difficult one to break, and the number one thing that ensures success is that the addict has to admit there is a problem and be motivated and willing to… Continue Reading

Posted by Havi Wolfson Hall on October 16, 2019

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