Resources for Families During the Coronavirus Outbreak

Parenting Skills
Parents Tips

Throughout the world and in our local community, we are all facing new and difficult challenges during the COVID-19 pandemic. Our day-to-day lifestyles and habits have changed, and it can be difficult to strike a balance between managing our own needs and those of our families. We’re also, by necessity, having to get creative with the way we’re spending our time. We’ve assembled the following resources to help you and your family stay engaged and have fun together while you’re at home. From daily sing-a-longs and indoor activities to support for at-home learning and special needs children, we’ve got you covered…. Continue Reading

Posted by Admin on March 28, 2020

Tips On How to Help Kids Feel Safe and Manage Stress

Parenting Skills
Parents Tips

COVID-19 is causing stress around the world and our kids are affected by it as much as anyone, particularly in the wake of school closures. Below are some tips to think about in helping your child feel safe in the world today. Maintain structure and routine. Kids feel safe when their environment is structured and they know what is happening next. This is most important when they are feeling stressed or overwhelmed. Maintaining mealtimes and bedtimes and keeping rules and limits consistent is important in helping kids feel safe. Minimize and monitor their access to media. Young children are less… Continue Reading

Posted by Alyse Clayman on March 13, 2020

Raising Resilient Children—Lessons from Dr. Madeline Levine

Parenting Skills

We all want our children to grow into resilient and self-sufficient adults, but it isn’t always clear how to foster those skills in our competitive world. Children today face an increasing amount of pressure from parents, society and the media to succeed. However, raising resilient children means letting them fail and allowing them to learn from their mistakes. Growing evidence shows that helicopter parenting actually hinders growth and resilience. Dr. Madeline Levine counsels parents to trust their child’s ability to recover from small setbacks and show confidence in their ability to manage challenging situations. Her latest book, Ready or Not:… Continue Reading

Posted by Admin on March 2, 2020

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

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