Left to Our Own Devices

Media Safety
Parenting Skills
Parents Tips
Technology

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

8 Tips for Creating a Playful Family

Leisure & Vacation
Parents Tips

By Susan Sachs Lipman Back to School means back to the grind, right? Endless forms to complete, homework to be done, appointments and schedules, eating and checking in on the go. Yikes! It doesn’t have to be that way. Even the busiest family can benefit from some important playtime, downtime and family time. Not only will your family experience more joy and bonding, you will reap benefits in other areas of life and help your kids on the road to success.   Play time has many benefits for young children and their parents. It is also the way children of… Continue Reading


Posted by Susan Sachs Lipman on September 18, 2019

6 Tips for Surviving the Family Road Trip

Leisure & Vacation
Parenting Skills
Parents Tips

By Jackie Sage, LMFT, Child, Adolescent, and Family Therapist Family road trips can be a great way to create life-long memories. Planning for those more challenging times of your trip, however, is just as important as packing your toothbrush. No matter how old the kids (or you and your partner!), an extended period of time in a small, enclosed space can be a hotbed for emotions. Below are some suggestions for getting the most out of your time together. Set Expectations Before you Go Before you leave, schedule a family meeting to establish some rules and expectations for the trip…. Continue Reading


Posted by Jackie Sage on August 28, 2019

Drop-in Play Groups: Vital for Young Children and Their Parents

Leisure & Vacation
Parenting Skills
Parents Tips
Toddlers

By Susan Sachs Lipman We know that play groups are important for toddlers and preschoolers. But have you considered that they serve a valuable function for caregivers as well? Below are some of the ways that Drop-In Play Groups, like the ones offered by Parents Place, help both young children and their parents. Benefits of Play Groups for Children Development of Social Skills Making friends is an important life skill, notes Heidi Emberling, MA, Director of Parents Place at JFCS’ Center for Children and Youth. “Through connections with others, children give and receive emotional support, learn conflict resolution and problem-solving… Continue Reading


Posted by Susan Sachs Lipman on July 26, 2019

From Toddlers to Teens: 5 Tips for Better Communication

Preteens & Teens
Toddlers

By Alyse Clayman, LCSW, Clinical and Site Director, Parents Place, Marin The ability to communicate with our kids is a crucial parenting skill, as well as an important building block in developing a healthy parent-child relationship. Whether you’re parenting a toddler or a teenager, good communication is the key to building our kids’ self-esteem and a mutually respectful relationship. Here are five tips to help you skillfully communicate with your child so that they will intuitively sense that you understand them, care about them, and respect them. Actually Listen Often, our own screen time and other distractions can negatively impact… Continue Reading


Posted by Alyse Clayman on June 27, 2019

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