Could it be a Learning Disability?

Parenting Skills
Parents Tips
Special Challenges

By Robyn Matlon, Psy.D., licensed psychologist with Parents Place Marin Every child has his/her unique set of strengths and weaknesses, but at what point do particular weaknesses become a learning disability? The answer is not always simple. There is no single definitive trait found in a child or adolescent with learning disabilities, and subtle signs may not even become clear until academic demands increase in middle school. So how do you know if your child might have a learning disability? Here are some signs and struggles to look out for, based on your child’s age and grade level demands: Preschool… Continue Reading


Posted by Robyn Matlon on November 14, 2018

Talking to Children about Anti-Semitism and Hate Crimes

Jewish
Parenting Skills
Parents Tips

By Beth Berkowitz, Psy.D, Director of Children’s Clinical Services and Child Training Institute at JFCS’ Parents Place. There is no doubt that the most recent tragedy in Pennsylvania has escalated our fears. With this sad reminder of the painful consequences of anti-Semitism, racism, and hatred, it is normal for all of us—including children—to experience anxiety, worry, anger and confusion in its aftermath. Below is some guidance to help prepare you for conversations at home. Talk to Your Children Avoiding the subject will only increase worry and fears. Encourage your children to ask questions, and do your best to explain what… Continue Reading


Posted by Beth Berkowitz on October 29, 2018

The Joys of Toddlerhood: Tips for Making the Most of this Magical Age

Leisure & Vacation
Parenting Skills
Parents Tips
Toddlers

By Stephanie Agnew, Assistant Director of Parents Place on the Peninsula My “Grandtwins” just turned 18 months old. I am so fortunate that they live close by and I get to spend at least one day a week with them. I am being reminded of why I have always loved this age so much and would like to share some of my joys with you. Enjoy Adventures with your Toddler According to psychologist Erik Erikson’s Eight Stages of Psychosocial Development, 18-24 month olds are beginning to move past the stage of Trust and into the stage of Autonomy. It is… Continue Reading


Posted by Stephanie Agnew on October 25, 2018

5 Ways to Honor Our Families, Ancestors, and Communities

Leisure & Vacation

Family and community are extremely important to young children. Celebrating our immediate, extended, and chosen families allows us to appreciate and pass on lore and tradition, while providing children with a fuller sense of themselves and their place in the world. Try one of these fun hands-on ways to honor those around you. Interview a Family Member Do you have an older relative? Now’s the time to get them talking about their past. Ask them about the kinds of things they enjoyed doing during their own childhoods. Ask them about the food they ate and what they did for fun…. Continue Reading


Posted by Susan Sachs Lipman on October 17, 2018

5 New Ways to Reconnect After School

Parenting Skills
Parents Tips
Preteens & Teens

How many times have you asked your child, “How was your day?”, only to get the response, “fine”?  If your number is too many to count, you are not alone. Many parents struggle with ways to reconnect with their children after a long school day. Here are five alternative questions for you to consider: What was your high and your low? Like a mountain, we all have peaks and valleys throughout the day. Routinely asking this question can help normalize this experience for your child and encourage them to identify and communicate about both the highs and the lows. Who… Continue Reading


Posted by Ellie Pelc on October 9, 2018

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