Category - Parenting Skills

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

9 Tips to Nurture a Child’s Spirit

Leisure & Vacation
Parenting Skills
Parents Tips

How would you describe your child’s spirit? You might find that a tough question to answer. What do we mean by “spirit,” really? I define spirit as the type of energy we bring: whether to a room, a conversation, our work, a musical instrument, or other activity. Perhaps you see your child as fiery, bold, nimble, or charismatic. Or perhaps your child’s teacher or a relative has described your child as “a leader,” “a natural peacemaker,” or “a great thinker.” Think about the ways in which your child shows up in the world and their unique characteristics and you might… Continue Reading


Posted by Mechele Pruitt on May 9, 2017

5 Ways to Handle Disagreements in Front of Your Kids

Parenting Skills
Parents Tips

Is there such thing as a quarrel-free relationship? Not that we’re aware of. And with kids in the mix, it’s inevitable that sometimes arguments will happen in front of them. From a child’s point of view, it can be frightening when grownups are mad at each other—not to mention it sends the wrong message that yelling is the grown-up way to handle disagreements. Here are 5 tips: Model how to resolve conflicts respectfully. There’s a difference between talking through your feelings and nasty conflicts. Karen Friedland-Brown, Director of Parents Place on the Peninsula, recommends handling disagreements with “active listening.” This… Continue Reading


Posted by Admin on April 21, 2017

Taming Your Anxious Child’s Worry Monster

Parenting Skills
Parents Tips

Nearly all children will have fears or worries at some point during childhood—fears of the dark, of heights, of spiders, or monsters. But for up to a third of children and adolescents, their fears become profound and can develop into an anxiety disorder. Most parents strive to protect, comfort, and reassure their anxious children with responses that validate their emotional experience. Saying things like, “I see how worried you are. This is really scary for you.” Showing your child that you care is loving and supportive, but these responses may actually unintentionally fuel and grow the anxiety in the long… Continue Reading


Posted by Ellie Pelc on March 23, 2017

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