Powering Off: Taking a Digital Detox as a Family

Leisure & Vacation
Media Safety
Preteens & Teens
Special Challenges

At their best modern devices are helpful tools and can make our lives easier. At their worst, they are remarkably addictive, and research now clearly shows that their use can lead to a host of behavioral, interpersonal, and mood issues for people of all ages. If you are reading this, you likely have a young child or adolescent. I have some bad news for you—for young children in particular, screen-time has been shown to have negative effects on sleep (which can also negatively impact mood and lead to behavioral issues), social interaction and learning, executive functioning (e.g., self-regulation and working… Continue Reading

Posted by Robyn Matlon on May 1, 2017

5 Ways to Handle Disagreements in Front of Your Kids

Parenting Skills
Parents Tips

Is there such thing as a quarrel-free relationship? Not that we’re aware of. And with kids in the mix, it’s inevitable that sometimes arguments will happen in front of them. From a child’s point of view, it can be frightening when grownups are mad at each other—not to mention it sends the wrong message that yelling is the grown-up way to handle disagreements. Here are 5 tips: Model how to resolve conflicts respectfully. There’s a difference between talking through your feelings and nasty conflicts. Karen Friedland-Brown, Director of Parents Place on the Peninsula, recommends handling disagreements with “active listening.” This… Continue Reading

Posted by Admin on April 21, 2017

5 Tips for Attending Children’s Fairs with Little Ones

Leisure & Vacation

Because there are dozens of fun, outdoor festivals offered each spring and summer around the Bay Area, the hardest choice for families might be deciding which ones to attend. The Third Annual Parents Place Family Fun Day is coming up on Sunday, April 23rd in Palo Alto!  This is a great opportunity for families with young children to bounce in our toddler fun zone, rock out to live music, nibble on tasty treats, and play at one of the many children’s activity tables, sponsored by our 20+ community partners. Parents can pop into one of our 20-minute mini-workshops on everything from… Continue Reading

Posted by Admin on April 17, 2017

The Four Children of Passover: How to Engage Children and Teens in the Passover Seder


Spring has sprung and since Parents Place is part of Jewish Family and Children’s Services, we are getting ready for Passover! Many of us are busy cleaning our kitchens and pantries or packing to go visit family and celebrate. Let us also take a little time to think about this holiday through the eyes of our children or grandchildren. Whether they are a toddler or have left for college, we want to make it meaningful and memorable for them. Growing up in a home of two Jewish Educators, there was no shortage of fun to keep our Seder (traditional holiday… Continue Reading

Posted by Havi Wolfson Hall on March 31, 2017

Taming Your Anxious Child’s Worry Monster

Parenting Skills
Parents Tips

Nearly all children will have fears or worries at some point during childhood—fears of the dark, of heights, of spiders, or monsters. But for up to a third of children and adolescents, their fears become profound and can develop into an anxiety disorder. Most parents strive to protect, comfort, and reassure their anxious children with responses that validate their emotional experience. Saying things like, “I see how worried you are. This is really scary for you.” Showing your child that you care is loving and supportive, but these responses may actually unintentionally fuel and grow the anxiety in the long… Continue Reading

Posted by Ellie Pelc on March 23, 2017

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