Category - Leisure & Vacation

8 Tips for Creating a Playful Family

Leisure & Vacation
Parents Tips

By Susan Sachs Lipman Back to School means back to the grind, right? Endless forms to complete, homework to be done, appointments and schedules, eating and checking in on the go. Yikes! It doesn’t have to be that way. Even the busiest family can benefit from some important playtime, downtime and family time. Not only will your family experience more joy and bonding, you will reap benefits in other areas of life and help your kids on the road to success.   Play time has many benefits for young children and their parents. It is also the way children of… Continue Reading


Posted by Susan Sachs Lipman on September 18, 2019

6 Tips for Surviving the Family Road Trip

Leisure & Vacation
Parenting Skills
Parents Tips

By Jackie Sage, LMFT, Child, Adolescent, and Family Therapist Family road trips can be a great way to create life-long memories. Planning for those more challenging times of your trip, however, is just as important as packing your toothbrush. No matter how old the kids (or you and your partner!), an extended period of time in a small, enclosed space can be a hotbed for emotions. Below are some suggestions for getting the most out of your time together. Set Expectations Before you Go Before you leave, schedule a family meeting to establish some rules and expectations for the trip…. Continue Reading


Posted by Jackie Sage on August 28, 2019

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

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