Little Girls Can Be Mean!

Bullying Prevention
Preteens & Teens
Raising Girls
School Challenges

Helping Your Daughter Navigate Girl World If you have a daughter, it’s a good bet that at one time or another she has come home in tears due to social problems. She may have been the target of exclusion or taunting, perhaps initiated by her former best friend, or pushed out of a circle of friends she has known since preschool.  Perhaps she wasn’t invited to a party everyone is talking about.  She doesn’t understand why she isn’t “popular.” Chances are you are seeing these problems emerging in elementary school—particularly in the second and third grades—and intensifying toward the onset… Continue Reading


Posted by Holly Pedersen on September 10, 2012

PAMP interviews Parents Place about tantrums

Discipline & Behavior
Parenting Skills
School Challenges

“Ask the Expert” Question and Answer: Article for PAMP 08-12 Question: Our 3-year-old just started preschool this week. His teachers tell us that he’s doing great and he really seems to like it… but when he’s home with us, it’s a nuclear melt down a couple times a day! Clearly this is a really hard transition for him, I don’t want to indulge his tantrums, but I also want to be sensitive and emotionally supportive. What can we do? Answer: Starting preschool is a very exciting and important milestone for any 3 –year-old.  It is very common for the first… Continue Reading


Posted by Stephanie Agnew on September 4, 2012

For Parents of Children who Suffer from Anxiety….

Parenting Skills
School Challenges

The start of the school year may strike fear and panic in their heart.  Back to school rituals like shopping for school supplies or for new school clothes illicit scenes of tantrums and tears.  While you are focusing on helping your child calm their fears and adjust to the year ahead, it is also important to focus on your own self-care.  Easier said than done you say. No question about it! However, while it takes some effort the following suggestions will help ease the transition not only for your child but for you as well: 1)      Prepare in advance:… Continue Reading


Posted by Mimi Ezray on August 28, 2012

Potty Learning Power Struggles: Being a Good Coach

Parenting Skills

Learning to use the potty can be a frustrating experience for both child and parent.  The child may want to succeed, but the process can be delayed by a variety of developmental and environmental factors. One of the best ways to support your child as they learn to master this developmental step is to be a good coach.  Potty learning is a new skill.  Parents have to remember what it’s like to learn something new: an instrument, a second language, a new sport.  New skills develop over time, with the encouragement and support of a great teacher. Lets look at… Continue Reading


Posted by Heidi Emberling on August 20, 2012

Bullying: What Parents Need to Know

Bullying Prevention

Over the last few years, media attention on bullying has dramatically increased, highlighting some of the most severe cases, including those leading to the suicide of youth who were targets of physical, relational, and online bullying (cyberbullying).  Understandably, parents are concerned about the impact of bullying on their children’s well-being. As in most matters, knowledge is power, giving you the perspective and tools you need to help your child be healthy and safe. Here are answers to some of the most commonly asked questions about bullying:   1.   What is (and isn’t) bullying? Bullying is conscious, willful, repeated, and deliberately hurtful acts intended to… Continue Reading


Posted by Holly Pedersen on August 13, 2012

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