Category - Leisure & Vacation

Drop-in Play Groups: Vital for Young Children and Their Parents

Leisure & Vacation
Parenting Skills
Parents Tips
Toddlers

By Susan Sachs Lipman We know that play groups are important for toddlers and preschoolers. But have you considered that they serve a valuable function for caregivers as well? Below are some of the ways that Drop-In Play Groups, like the ones offered by Parents Place, help both young children and their parents. Benefits of Play Groups for Children Development of Social Skills Making friends is an important life skill, notes Heidi Emberling, MA, Director of Parents Place at JFCS’ Center for Children and Youth. “Through connections with others, children give and receive emotional support, learn conflict resolution and problem-solving… Continue Reading


Posted by Susan Sachs Lipman on July 26, 2019

Four Rules for Tidying Up Our Technology

Leisure & Vacation
Parenting Skills
Parents Tips
Technology

By Havi Wolfson Hall, LCSW, Child and Adolescent Specialist in JFCS’s Children’s Clinical Services Department After watching episodes of Marie Kondo’s Netflix series Tidying Up, I couldn’t help but see the correlation between her work and the work I have had the privilege of engaging in with my clients over the last two decades. Like the KonMari method, my aim for each of my clients is to empower them to take back control and learn what they need to in order to find balance in their lives: Rule #1: Become Aware Some of most exciting new advances in technology are… Continue Reading


Posted by Havi Wolfson Hall on February 27, 2019

The Joys of Toddlerhood: Tips for Making the Most of this Magical Age

Leisure & Vacation
Parenting Skills
Parents Tips
Toddlers

By Stephanie Agnew, Assistant Director of Parents Place on the Peninsula My “Grandtwins” just turned 18 months old. I am so fortunate that they live close by and I get to spend at least one day a week with them. I am being reminded of why I have always loved this age so much and would like to share some of my joys with you. Enjoy Adventures with your Toddler According to psychologist Erik Erikson’s Eight Stages of Psychosocial Development, 18-24 month olds are beginning to move past the stage of Trust and into the stage of Autonomy. It is… Continue Reading


Posted by Stephanie Agnew on October 25, 2018

5 Ways to Honor Our Families, Ancestors, and Communities

Leisure & Vacation

Family and community are extremely important to young children. Celebrating our immediate, extended, and chosen families allows us to appreciate and pass on lore and tradition, while providing children with a fuller sense of themselves and their place in the world. Try one of these fun hands-on ways to honor those around you. Interview a Family Member Do you have an older relative? Now’s the time to get them talking about their past. Ask them about the kinds of things they enjoyed doing during their own childhoods. Ask them about the food they ate and what they did for fun…. Continue Reading


Posted by Susan Sachs Lipman on October 17, 2018

May is the New December: How to Get to Summer With Your Sanity Intact

Leisure & Vacation
Parents Tips
Raising Boys
Raising Girls

Does your family have spring fever? You know the symptoms–lax lunches, half-hearted homework checks, award-ceremony overdose and field-trip fatigue. Fear not: Summer is on its way. Here are 6 tips to help your family reach the end of the school year with greater ease. Cut yourself some slack The end of the school year can feel like both a marathon and a sprint. This is exhausting to even the most superhuman among us. The world won’t end if the softball uniform isn’t squeaky clean or pizza seems to be the main attraction at more dinners than usual. Give yourself permission… Continue Reading


Posted by Susan Sachs Lipman on May 15, 2018

We Help Kids and Their Families Soar

At Parents Place, we understand the challenges of raising children with special needs, and we’re here to help.