Begin with Gratitude

Parenting Skills

Did you know the world’s leading scientific expert on gratitude lives right here in Northern California? Not Berkeley, but good guess. Robert Emmons, Psychology Professor at UC Davis, has been studying the varying benefits and healing powers of gratitude for 11 years. In his book, Thanks! How the New Science of Gratitude Can Make You Happier!, he highlights four reasons why gratitude has trans-formative effects on people’s lives. His conclusions can certainly benefit our day-to-day lives. I contend they apply perfectly to our role as parents as well. But before I begin, let me say: Don’t think for a minute I don’t understand or appreciate… Continue Reading

Posted by Tom Limbert on November 19, 2012

Raising Your Daughter with a Positive Body Image

Media Safety
Parents Tips
Preteens & Teens
Raising Girls

Poor body image is epidemic among girls and women in this country: 94% of women report having a negative body image and wanting to change something about their bodies, and 98% think negatively about their bodies at least once a day. How you can ensure that your daughter has a healthy relationship with her body now and throughout her development? Role model:  How you feel about your body has direct impact on how your daughter will feel about hers. If you are constantly trying to change your body and expressing frustration, dislike, or criticism about your appearance, you are sending a… Continue Reading

Posted by Holly Pedersen on November 12, 2012

Question and Answer on: Potty Training Readiness

Parenting Skills

Question:  My daughter is 3.5 years old and has been daytime potty trained for about 9 months.  She is very vocal about wanting to be out of diapers at night, but rarely goes the whole night dry.  I want to support her desire, but am not sure the best way to do it.  She is a deep sleeper and had accidents the first couple of nights.  The last couple nights we have been waking her up to go to the bathroom in the middle of the night, which helps but I am not sure it’s going to “train” her to wake… Continue Reading

Posted by Karen Friedland-Brown on November 8, 2012

30 Day Gratitude Family Photo Challenge 2012


Parents Place would like to celebrate Fall by introducing the 30 day gratitude family photo challenge (2012 edition). Our Winning Family will take home a one-year $75 dual/family membership to the San Jose Art Museum! Our winning photo will be posted to Facebook on November 30th! Good Luck! Details: Take photos of the things on the list in order to stay more present and grateful — Here are the things you need to know about the challenge: • You don’t need to be a photographer or even all that interested in photos to participate. All you need to be is… Continue Reading

Posted by Admin on November 7, 2012

Anxiety and the Holidays – Helping your Child Succeed

Leisure & Vacation
Parenting Skills

With the holidays right around the corner many of us are beginning to think about our plans and how we will celebrate.  When factoring in how to help an anxious child during this time the arrangements can become even more complicated and at times daunting.  Short of locking your doors and staying home – a solution but probably not the best solution – advanced planning and discussion can be an effective way to de-escalate a potentially difficult situation. So what exactly does this look like? Beginning talking about your plans in advance. “We are going to Aunt Sally’s for Thanksgiving, the… Continue Reading

Posted by Admin on October 29, 2012

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