Category - Parenting Skills

5 Ways to Help Children Use Their Whole Brains

Parenting Skills
Parents Tips
Toddlers

By Beth Berkowitz, Psy.D, Director of Children’s Clinical Services and Child Training Institute at JFCS’ Parents Place. We have all heard about left-brained people and right-brained people before. While it is true that many of us are dominated to some extent by one side or the other, there are ways in which we can help our children find balance. In the book The Whole Brain Child by Dan Siegel, M.D., and Tina Payne Bryson, Ph.D., the authors offer a goldmine of guidance for parents about how to encourage balance for their children and help them thrive. Drs. Siegel and Bryson speak… Continue Reading


Posted by Beth Berkowitz on December 13, 2018

Preschool Friendships: The “Frenemy” and the “BFF”

Parenting Skills
Parents Tips
Preschool
Toddlers

By Heidi Emberling, MA, Parent Educator, Early Childhood Specialist The preschool years are a time when young children begin to develop deeper friendships with peers. This is the age of the first “BFFs” (Best Friends Forever), when children gravitate toward peers who share similar interests or play styles. Preferences emerge within the preschool classroom, and jealousy may arise when a best buddy wants to play with someone else. Friendships are whimsical at this age. Best friends on Monday can be fighting mightily by Wednesday, then ready for a playdate with this same friend over the weekend. It is the age of “frenemies” and… Continue Reading


Posted by Heidi Emberling on November 30, 2018

Supporting Our Children in Difficult Times

Parenting Skills
Raising Boys
Raising Girls
Special Challenges

By Karen DeVaney, Psy.D., licensed psychologist with Parents Place Recent months have brought more disastrous wildfires, more senseless mass shootings, and other tragedies of violence and stress to our communities and the world. With frightening current events filling the constant news loops and real-time images on social media, many families–adults and children alike–are understandably experiencing increased feelings of helplessness, stress, and overwhelm. In these difficult times, even when not directly impacted by a tragedy, children are at risk of increased levels of anxiety that can affect their behavior and overall sense of well-being. Some amount of anxiety is natural for… Continue Reading


Posted by Admin on November 16, 2018

Could it be a Learning Disability?

Parenting Skills
Parents Tips
Special Challenges

By Robyn Matlon, Psy.D., licensed psychologist with Parents Place Marin Every child has his/her unique set of strengths and weaknesses, but at what point do particular weaknesses become a learning disability? The answer is not always simple. There is no single definitive trait found in a child or adolescent with learning disabilities, and subtle signs may not even become clear until academic demands increase in middle school. So how do you know if your child might have a learning disability? Here are some signs and struggles to look out for, based on your child’s age and grade level demands: Preschool… Continue Reading


Posted by Robyn Matlon on November 14, 2018

Talking to Children about Anti-Semitism and Hate Crimes

Jewish
Parenting Skills
Parents Tips

By Beth Berkowitz, Psy.D, Director of Children’s Clinical Services and Child Training Institute at JFCS’ Parents Place. There is no doubt that the most recent tragedy in Pennsylvania has escalated our fears. With this sad reminder of the painful consequences of anti-Semitism, racism, and hatred, it is normal for all of us—including children—to experience anxiety, worry, anger and confusion in its aftermath. Below is some guidance to help prepare you for conversations at home. Talk to Your Children Avoiding the subject will only increase worry and fears. Encourage your children to ask questions, and do your best to explain what… Continue Reading


Posted by Beth Berkowitz on October 29, 2018

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