The Struggle for Control: Who’s in Charge Here?

Discipline & Behavior

Do you have a master negotiator at home—a child who likes to control every conversation and/or changes the rules to suit his needs?  If so, you may be stuck in the cycle of frequent, exhausting parent-child power struggles.  Kids who crave control may fight parents on everything: daily routines, food choices, play dates, and more.  They may be rigid thinkers who expect that everyone will conform to their rules, ideas, and plans.  If you give such children a choice between A and B, they will most likely choose option C. They can be quite creative, intense, and persistent!   Socially,… Continue Reading

Posted by Heidi Emberling on October 23, 2012

We Need Your Vote!


We wanted to share our good news with you! We have been selected as one of the finalists in the Most Awesome Best Parent Education Programs category in the 2012 Red Tricycle’s Totally Awesome Awards. Over 15,000 nominations were cast by moms and dads over a two-week period and the results are in — everyone thinks we are Totally Awesome! We need your vote to win! Visit: I want to vote for Parents Place  1. Click on Parents Place  2. Click on San Francisco  3. Add your e-mail  4. Add your city and then click the GIANT RED VOTE BUTTON. Please… Continue Reading

Posted by Admin on October 16, 2012

Media & Young Children: What Parents Need to Know About Screen Time

Birth - First Year
Media Safety
Parenting Skills

While children of all ages need guidance and parameters for healthy media use, young children in particular need limits on their media exposure. If you have an infant, toddler, or preschooler, here is what you need to know to establish a healthy media diet and an environment that nurtures your child’s growth and development. The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends no screen time—computers, smart phones, TV—for children under two years. During the first two years of life, babies’ brains triple in size. This incredible neurological growth requires interaction with a loving caregiver and three-dimensional exploration. Media exposure steals time away… Continue Reading

Posted by Holly Pedersen on October 8, 2012

Childhood Anxiety: How to Know when It’s Time for Help

Preteens & Teens

We all have moments when we worry:  “How am I going to get everything done?”; “What if I said the wrong thing?”; “Did I turn off the stove?” the list can go on and on.  So how do we know when what you or a family member is experiencing is within the typical range of anxious behavior or when it has exceeded that?   While there is no “one size fits all” answer to that question, there are a number of things to help you evaluate whether additional help is warranted.   So how common is anxiety? According to the National Institute… Continue Reading

Posted by Mimi Ezray on October 1, 2012

Supporting Friendships: Building Social Skills

Parenting Skills

Making friends is an important life skill.  Studies have shown that our happiness as adults is best predicted by the breadth and depth of our relationships with others.  Building friendships begins early, as children learn how to become social members of the family, classroom, and community.  Through these connections with others, children give and receive emotional support, learn conflict resolution and problem-solving skills, play cooperatively, and develop empathy.  These pro-social behaviors lay the foundation for all future relationships. And it starts early.  Infants begin social relationships with parents and caregivers through loving, responsive care.  Toddlers explore peer-to-peer and peer-adult interactions… Continue Reading

Posted by Heidi Emberling on September 18, 2012

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