Category - Parenting Skills

Resources for Families During the Coronavirus Outbreak

Parenting Skills
Parents Tips

Throughout the world and in our local community, we are all facing new and difficult challenges during the COVID-19 pandemic. Our day-to-day lifestyles and habits have changed, and it can be difficult to strike a balance between managing our own needs and those of our families. We’re also, by necessity, having to get creative with the way we’re spending our time. We’ve assembled the following resources to help you and your family stay engaged and have fun together while you’re at home. From daily sing-a-longs and indoor activities to support for at-home learning and special needs children, we’ve got you covered…. Continue Reading


Posted by Admin on March 28, 2020

Tips On How to Help Kids Feel Safe and Manage Stress

Parenting Skills
Parents Tips

COVID-19 is causing stress around the world and our kids are affected by it as much as anyone, particularly in the wake of school closures. Below are some tips to think about in helping your child feel safe in the world today. Maintain structure and routine. Kids feel safe when their environment is structured and they know what is happening next. This is most important when they are feeling stressed or overwhelmed. Maintaining mealtimes and bedtimes and keeping rules and limits consistent is important in helping kids feel safe. Minimize and monitor their access to media. Young children are less… Continue Reading


Posted by Alyse Clayman on March 13, 2020

Raising Resilient Children—Lessons from Dr. Madeline Levine

Parenting Skills

We all want our children to grow into resilient and self-sufficient adults, but it isn’t always clear how to foster those skills in our competitive world. Children today face an increasing amount of pressure from parents, society and the media to succeed. However, raising resilient children means letting them fail and allowing them to learn from their mistakes. Growing evidence shows that helicopter parenting actually hinders growth and resilience. Dr. Madeline Levine counsels parents to trust their child’s ability to recover from small setbacks and show confidence in their ability to manage challenging situations. Her latest book, Ready or Not:… Continue Reading


Posted by Admin on March 2, 2020

Changing the Narrative on Adolescents

Parenting Skills
Parents Tips
Preteens & Teens

By Beth Berkowitz, PsyD. Director of Children’s Clinical Services and the Center for Children and Youth Training Institute  The Center for Children and Youth at JFCS is joining forces with Dr. Ken Ginsburg and The Center for Parent and Teen Communication in Philadelphia to help change the narrative about teens. Adolescence is a time of extraordinary possibility for young people. Yet, it’s always been heralded as a tumultuous time in an individual’s life. We just need to look to television and movies to prove this point, which is illustrated by everything from Rebel Without a Cause to Ferris Bueller’s Day… Continue Reading


Posted by Beth Berkowitz on December 31, 2019

6 Ways to Support the Emotional Well-Being of Children With Learning Disorders

Parenting Skills
Special Challenges

By Robyn Matlon, Psy.D., M.A., M.Ed. Imagine you keep falling behind your coworkers, feel confused about what is being asked of you all the time and, no matter how many extra hours of work you put in, your work keeps piling up. While this can be a common struggle for many people at some points in their lives or careers, for kids with learning disabilities, it is part of their experience every week, day, hour, and minute. As a result, it is very common for kids with learning disabilities to feel demoralized and to struggle with their emotions and overall… Continue Reading


Posted by Robyn Matlon on November 20, 2019

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