5 Ways to Avoid Family Pitfalls This Holiday Season and Create the Connection You Want

Parenting Skills
Parents Tips
Special Challenges

The holidays are once again upon us, and for many families that can mean fun, relaxation, time with beloved family and friends, but also stress, anxiety, pressure, disappointment, and irritable and exhausted kids! Holiday time often brings out the best—and the worst—in us parents, as well as in our children and all those around us. This can seem inevitable as we give up normal routines and structure, try to please and accommodate the needs of many people, put expectations on ourselves to create wonderful experiences and special memories, and sometimes travel long distances to be with those we love. It… Continue Reading

Posted by Karen Friedland-Brown on November 20, 2017

The Hammer and the Marshmallow: When Parents Disagree on Discipline

Discipline & Behavior
Parenting Skills
Parents Tips

Difficult parenting moments are challenging for everyone, but when you and your partner disagree on how to manage them, it can make a bad situation worse. Knowing something about your own (and your partner’s) discipline style will help you navigate these everyday challenges more effectively. The See-Saw of Parenting Styles Are you a strict “my way or the highway” type of parent? Or are you a lenient “walk all over me” type of parent? Nobody really knows her own discipline preferences until faced with a complete meltdown in the middle of the grocery store. Do you buy the desired candy bar? Or do… Continue Reading

Posted by Heidi Emberling on November 1, 2017

3 Magic Phrases for Parents

Discipline & Behavior
Parenting Skills
Parents Tips

These encouraging words will work wonders on your kids. Knowing what to say to your children isn’t always easy—especially when you need to say something they don’t want to hear. It’s even more complicated when you are speaking to the people whose lives you have the most influence upon (not to mention when it feels like the entire grocery store checkout line is watching and listening intently). One book will tell you to say one thing, another will tell you to do the opposite. Both stances are backed up by research, so how do you know which is the right… Continue Reading

Posted by Tom Limbert on October 20, 2017

Got the Potty Blues?

Parenting Skills

It’s more common than you might think—Frequent accidents … Refusing to poop on the potty… Withholding … Fear of the toilet or bathroom … Regressing. Here’s s a little gem for you: the average age for toilet training in the U.S. is about three years old, but the range varies from about 18 – 60 months. And I’ll save you some trouble by doing the math for you—60 months equals five years old! So if your child is running a little late in the game of mastering this one, if you’re still schlepping around one of those little plastic potties… Continue Reading

Posted by Alyse Clayman on October 9, 2017

Choosing an Elementary School—A Community Your Whole Family Can Enjoy

Choosing Schools

It’s the time of year when families of 4-year-olds focus on the next big step in their child’s schooling—Kindergarten and choosing a school! Here in the San Francisco Bay Area we are very fortunate to have lots of choices for both public and private schools. The bad news is that it is sometimes hard to figure out what all these choices might be and navigate the process of registering, entering lotteries, or applying to the schools that interest you for your child. Choosing an elementary school is such an important choice for your child, and it is also like joining… Continue Reading

Posted by Stephanie Agnew on September 20, 2017

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