Category - Parenting Skills

Transitions to Middle School: The New Normal

Parenting Skills
Parents Tips
Preteens & Teens

Five Important Conversations to Have with Your Preteen Do you remember middle school? It was probably a blur of braces, challenging social dynamics, and puberty. What I remember most from that time is walking to and from school without supervision for the first time and being home alone after school. The shift from being constantly supervised as a child to having so much independence was scary at first, but then became my new normal. Independence comes in many forms in middle school. It’s a lot to manage going from one teacher to seven teachers with many more subjects, homework for every… Continue Reading


Posted by Elina Koretsky on July 11, 2017

Talking with Children about Difficult Topics

Parenting Skills
Parents Tips

All parents are driven by an overwhelming need and desire to protect their children. We believe our job is to keep them safe and to make life as stress free for them as we can while they are young. Many parents do their best to keep their children away from shocking news or information that might scare them, so they can help them hold on to the idea that the world is a wonderful, safe place where most people are good. There are also many other parents who feel that the world is so full of risks and predators that… Continue Reading


Posted by Karen Friedland-Brown on July 6, 2017

Coping with Young Kids Who Rage

Discipline & Behavior
Parenting Skills
Parents Tips

Yep, I used the word ‘rage.’ You know exactly what I mean if you have a young child who has trouble handling their strong emotions and ends up screaming, melting down, and hitting you, your partner, your nanny or caregiver, or, most mortifying of all, grandma. Children who explode with anger can be aggressive and very difficult to manage, which is often distressing and scary for parents. Once the anger dissipates and children calm down, they might be remorseful, snuggly, sad, or just go back to playing as if nothing happened. It’s often this wild roller coaster of emotions that can drain… Continue Reading


Posted by Heidi Emberling on June 28, 2017

Prepare for a Safe Summer: 4 Tips for Kids to Handle Predators and Risky Situations

Leisure & Vacation
Parenting Skills
Parents Tips

Ahhh, the carefree days of summer … the word summer still conjures up a great number of positive associations for me, as I hope it does for you. As a child summer meant barbeques, long days at the beach or pool, and nights spent biking around with friends (after dinner!) because it was still light out. But, if you’re a parent, it is unlikely that your summer days are carefree. Summer has become a crazy balancing act of keeping your kids entertained and safe 24/7, all while trying to keep up with the regular demands of your work and home… Continue Reading


Posted by Robyn Matlon on June 19, 2017

The Struggle for Control: Who’s in Charge Here?

Discipline & Behavior
Parenting Skills
Parents Tips

Do you have a master negotiator at home—a child who likes to control every conversation and tries to change the rules to suit his needs? If so, you may be stuck in the cycle of frequent, exhausting parent-child power struggles. Kids who crave control may fight parents on everything: daily routines, food choices, play dates, and more. They may be rigid thinkers who expect that everyone will conform to their rules, ideas, and plans.  If you give such children a choice between A and B, they will most likely choose option C. They can be quite creative, intense, and persistent!… Continue Reading


Posted by Heidi Emberling on May 25, 2017

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