Category - Parenting Skills

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

Making Room for Baby Number Two! 6 Tips to Help Your Toddler

Birth - First Year
Parenting Skills
Parents Tips
Special Challenges

Once the excitement of pregnancy with your second baby wears off and reality sets in with the baby’s birth, you may find yourself understandably anxious to help your toddler adjust to their growing family. It’s helpful to remember that no matter how “prepared” they are, toddlers can be expected to have some anxiety about the changing family dynamics. When a new sibling arrives home some toddlers are excited; others ignore the new baby, mom or dad; and some even appear oblivious. Your toddler is suddenly hearing “just a minute” more than usual: “Just a minute—I have to feed/change/calm the baby.”… Continue Reading


Posted by Admin on February 21, 2017

Helping Kids Adjust during Separation and Divorce

Parenting Skills
Parents Tips
Special Challenges

Helping Kids Adjust during Separation and Divorce Time and again, research suggests that parental conflict is a strong predictor of how children will do following parental separation and divorce. Parents’ ability to cooperatively co-parent without exposing their children to ongoing conflict can provide a critical foundation for healthy adjustment. Conversely, parents who remain hostile toward one another and continue to openly battle are likely to pave the way for their children’s maladjustment. This makes sense, right? It’s a big transition to have two homes and less time with both parents. Children who must also face ongoing fighting and conflict between… Continue Reading


Posted by Kathleen O’Connor on February 16, 2017

WE CAN WORK IT OUT! 6 Steps to Help Children Resolve Conflicts and Solve Problems

Discipline & Behavior
Parenting Skills
Parents Tips

Conflict resolution and problem solving are two of the most important skills we can teach our children. Think about it … Being able to work out a problem with a peer and come to a reasonable resolution is something that helps us in work and personal relationships throughout our lives. Here are few tips to help you teach problem solving skills with children starting as young as three years old. Taking a little time to follow these steps will translate into much less time bickering and fighting and more time to do the fun things. Not only that, but you… Continue Reading


Posted by Stephanie Agnew on February 7, 2017

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