Category - Education

5 Tips to Ease the Transition Back to School

Parenting Skills
Parents Tips

Some parents dread the start of the school year, having enjoyed lazy mornings and extra snuggle and play time with their children. Others of us jump for joy knowing our kids will be back in their routine and we have a nine-month hiatus from arranging camps and managing kids with too much time and too little structure. Regardless of whether you’re already feeling nostalgic about less time with your kids, or can’t wait to push them out the door, here are a few tips to ease the transition into the school year: Get some zzzz’s Neuroscience has repeatedly found that… Continue Reading

Posted by Alyse Clayman on August 28, 2018

Parent Self-Care Tips for a Smoother Back-to-School Transition

Parenting Skills
Parents Tips
School Challenges

Growing up, my favorite time of year was Back to School! It meant a new haircut, new clothes, new shoes, a new backpack, notebooks with matching pencil pouches filled with freshly sharpened pencils, and more. But it also meant butterflies in my stomach, wondering who my teacher would be. Will my best friend and I be in the same class? Who I will sit next to at lunch? And it also meant a few difficult mornings adjusting to waking up early again in order to get to school on time. Transitioning from summer vacation back into the school/work routine can… Continue Reading

Posted by Havi Wolfson Hall on August 20, 2018

Choosing an Elementary School—A Community Your Whole Family Can Enjoy

Choosing Schools

It’s the time of year when families of 4-year-olds focus on the next big step in their child’s schooling—Kindergarten and choosing a school! Here in the San Francisco Bay Area we are very fortunate to have lots of choices for both public and private schools. The bad news is that it is sometimes hard to figure out what all these choices might be and navigate the process of registering, entering lotteries, or applying to the schools that interest you for your child. Choosing an elementary school is such an important choice for your child, and it is also like joining… Continue Reading

Posted by Stephanie Agnew on September 20, 2017

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

Bullying Prevention
Discipline & Behavior
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

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

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