Category - Bullying Prevention

5 Ways to Help Your Child Silence Their Inner Critic

Bullying Prevention
Discipline & Behavior
Parenting Skills
Parents Tips
Raising Boys
Raising Girls

“I’ll fail the test!” “Nobody likes me!” It’s not uncommon to hear your child utter self-critical statements like these from time to time. “We all have our inner monologues. But children, more so than adults, tend to overgeneralize, and talk themselves out of being resilient and competent,” explains Rebecca Wood, LCSW, Director of Parents Place in Marin County. She says it can be useful to think about why your child might be engaging in what experts refer to as “negative self-talk”—and learn practical ways to help your child develop a more positive inner voice. Common Reasons for Negative Self-Talk All-or-nothing… Continue Reading


Posted by Admin on April 24, 2018

13 Reasons Why—My child wants to watch it, how do I decide?

Bullying Prevention
Discipline & Behavior
Education
Media Safety
Parenting Skills
Parents Tips
Preteens & Teens

The popular Netflix series, 13 Reasons Why, has caused controversy among some who think the show glorifies teen suicide. The series touches on very important issues that all teens face. As a parent, you have to make the decision whether or not your child is ready to watch the widely discussed series. Of utmost importance when making this decision is to do your due diligence. Read a variety of opinions from trusted sources, watch it for yourself, and then determine if your child has the maturity and ability to process the information they will see. Remember that you are the… Continue Reading


Posted by Havi Wolfson Hall on September 6, 2017

Thoughts on Raising Compassionate Children

Bullying Prevention
Discipline & Behavior
Parenting Skills

I recently read an article put out by the Chopra Center shortly before their Global Meditation Day. I was moved by the article and thought to summarize it here for you. We talk about bullying, have anti-bullying curriculums, and zero tolerance in many schools for bullying and aggression. The author indicates that while children indicate that they know what bullying means, not many seem to know or understand what empathy and compassion mean. Empathy is something I emphasize to parents, in supporting their children, especially when a child is sad or angry. It is the first step to developing a… Continue Reading


Posted by Bonnie Romanow on July 21, 2015

Challenging Bullying from the Inside Out

Bullying Prevention

Bullying is complicated in every way—why a particular child is targeted, how a relationship can shift from friendly to hostile, and the absence of a quick and easy strategy for preventing bullying. Despite its complexity, however, there is one way we can simplify our intervention when a child is bullied. We can approach the problem from the inside out. By this, I mean that we must first address what the child is feeling on the inside before moving on to what we can do externally.  Inside a child who has been bullied are intense feelings in need of soothing and,… Continue Reading


Posted by Holly Pedersen on January 22, 2014

When a Tummy Ache Is Not Just a Tummy Ache: Dealing with School Anxiety

Bullying Prevention
Parenting Skills
Parents Tips
School Challenges
Special Challenges

The first day of school, your son has a tummy ache. You take his temperature, but you already know that what’s really ailing him is another common childhood ailment: school phobia. “Many children experience extreme anxiety when they enter new situations—new schools, teachers, classmates, and academic challenges,” says Mimi Ezray, LCSW, MPH, Coordinator of Children’s Clinical Services at Peninsula Parents Place. “Understand that trying to avoid school is not unusual and there are many effective strategies to help ease and manage their fears,” says Mimi. In addition to offering your children emotional support, reassuring them, and addressing their specific concerns, Mimi  says,  you… Continue Reading


Posted by Mimi Ezray on August 29, 2013

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