Category - Parenting Skills

Left to Our Own Devices

Media Safety
Parenting Skills
Parents Tips
Technology

By Havi Wolfson Hall, LCSW, Child and Adolescent Therapist and Parent Educator at Parents Place, Palo Alto “Help! My Kid is addicted to their phone!” Multiple scientific research studies are being published about the harmful correlations of screen time and children’s mental health, and more and more parents are seeking professional guidance around how to break their children’s screen time addiction. As with any addiction, the cycle of addiction is a difficult one to break, and the number one thing that ensures success is that the addict has to admit there is a problem and be motivated and willing to… Continue Reading


Posted by Havi Wolfson Hall on October 16, 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

“I want Daddy!” “That’s not the way Mommy makes my pancakes!”: What to Do When Your Child Rejects You

Parenting Skills
Parents Tips
Preschool
Toddlers

By Stephanie Agnew, Assistant Director, Parents Place on the Peninsula Toddlers and preschoolers are all about power and control. They like to think that they are in charge of their lives and can control their parents. Most young children go through stages when they have a preference for one parent or the other, and it often switches back and forth. This can be very disheartening, especially for a full-time working parent who has limited time to spend with his or her child and desperately wants to share in the caregiving role. Here are a four tips to help you make… Continue Reading


Posted by Stephanie Agnew on May 17, 2019

Passover Parenting

Parenting Skills

By Heidi Emberling, MA, Parent Educator and Early Childhood Specialist at Parents Place in Palo Alto After 18 years, my son is ready to move out and experience the freedom and independence of life beyond high school. No more parent curfews, asking for the car keys, or begging for money for yet one more extra large pizza. He’s on the precipice of life without mom and dad, and will have to find his own way through the wilderness. I was reflecting on this major life transition during our recent Passover Seder, as we remember the Jewish people’s transition from slavery to freedom…. Continue Reading


Posted by Heidi Emberling on May 3, 2019

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