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

“I want Daddy!” “That’s not the way Mommy makes my pancakes!”: What to Do When Your Child Rejects You

Parenting Skills
Parents Tips
Preschool
Toddlers

By Stephanie Agnew, Assistant Director, Parents Place on the Peninsula Toddlers and preschoolers are all about power and control. They like to think that they are in charge of their lives and can control their parents. Most young children go through stages when they have a preference for one parent or the other, and it often switches back and forth. This can be very disheartening, especially for a full-time working parent who has limited time to spend with his or her child and desperately wants to share in the caregiving role. Here are a four tips to help you make… Continue Reading


Posted by Stephanie Agnew on May 17, 2019

Adolescence and Suicide Risk

Preteens & Teens
Raising Boys
Raising Girls

By Beth Berkowitz, PsyD., Director of Children’s Clinical Services and Child Training Institute at JFCS’ Parents Place In California in 2018, suicide was the third leading cause of death among young people 15 – 24 years old. The San Francisco Bay Area Peninsula has seen the highest numbers of suicides as compared to the rest of the country for more than 10 years. In our community especially, adolescent suicide is an epidemic that needs to be addressed head-on. Adolescence is a time when important values, beliefs, and practices are tested and when many lifelong habits are formed. The choices that youth… Continue Reading


Posted by Beth Berkowitz on May 9, 2019

Passover Parenting

Parenting Skills

By Heidi Emberling, MA, Parent Educator and Early Childhood Specialist at Parents Place in Palo Alto After 18 years, my son is ready to move out and experience the freedom and independence of life beyond high school. No more parent curfews, asking for the car keys, or begging for money for yet one more extra large pizza. He’s on the precipice of life without mom and dad, and will have to find his own way through the wilderness. I was reflecting on this major life transition during our recent Passover Seder, as we remember the Jewish people’s transition from slavery to freedom…. Continue Reading


Posted by Heidi Emberling on May 3, 2019

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