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

5 Proven Ways to Help Your Child Manage Frustration

Discipline & Behavior
Parenting Skills
Parents Tips
Preteens & Teens
Toddlers

Life is full of challenging feelings, and kids don’t come pre-programmed with frustration management skills! Fortunately, with a little bit of guidance and a lot of patience, you can help your child develop coping strategies to deal with frustrations both large and small. “Frustration in and of itself is not a bad thing—it helps children learn how to become more resilient,” says Heidi Emberling, MA, Assistant Director of Parent Education at Parents Place. Here are Heidi’s tips to help your child manage frustration. Tailor Your Approach “A child’s world will always be full of emotional ups and downs. Some leading… Continue Reading


Posted by Admin on September 26, 2018

4 Ways to Support Your Child in the School Year

Parenting Skills
Parents Tips
School Challenges

The first weeks of the school year are a time of both excitement and worry for many children. While some kids have been eager to reconnect with their friends and begin the  new year, other children become increasingly anxious as the first day of school approaches and have a hard time adjusting to the changes. As parents, we can provide our children with the care and attention they need to feel both academically prepared and emotionally held during this time of transition. Here are some tips to support your child in the first weeks of the new school year. Support… Continue Reading


Posted by Maneesh Saini on September 20, 2018

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