Category - Parenting Skills

Four Ways to Shift the Dynamic of Sibling Rivalry

Parenting Skills
Parents Tips
Siblings

By Maneesh Saini, LMFT, Senior Clinician at Parents Place, San Francisco “It’s my turn to use the computer!” “Mom said I could sit in the front seat!” Sound familiar? It can often feel as though siblings argue about just about everything. While such conflicts can feel exhausting and often overwhelming for parents, these moments can also be opportunities to teach your children the skills to manage misunderstandings. In Alistair Cooper and Sheila Redfern’s book, Reflective Parenting, the authors provide insights into how to support your children in working through their disagreements and shifting from competitiveness and conflict to cooperation and appreciation. Here… Continue Reading


Posted by Maneesh Saini on March 12, 2019

Four Rules for Tidying Up Our Technology

Leisure & Vacation
Parenting Skills
Parents Tips
Technology

By Havi Wolfson Hall, LCSW, Child and Adolescent Specialist in JFCS’s Children’s Clinical Services Department After watching episodes of Marie Kondo’s Netflix series Tidying Up, I couldn’t help but see the correlation between her work and the work I have had the privilege of engaging in with my clients over the last two decades. Like the KonMari method, my aim for each of my clients is to empower them to take back control and learn what they need to in order to find balance in their lives: Rule #1: Become Aware Some of most exciting new advances in technology are… Continue Reading


Posted by Havi Wolfson Hall on February 27, 2019

The Perils of Praise

Discipline & Behavior
Parenting Skills
Parents Tips

By Joanna Faber and Julie King, authors and workshop leaders at Parents Place Parenting advice can give you whiplash. Be consistent but flexible, kind but firm, always supportive but never hovering.   One of our favorite crazy-making contradictions is: It’s important to strengthen your child’s self-esteem … but be careful not to overpraise! Just thinking about it is exhausting. There are so many ways to go wrong, why even open your mouth? Luckily, as long as you’re not being filmed for a reality TV show, nobody will rake you over the coals if you don’t praise your progeny perfectly. Still, if… Continue Reading


Posted by Julie King on January 16, 2019

The Do’s and Don’ts of Toddler Discipline

Parenting Skills
Raising Boys
Raising Girls
Toddlers

By Tom Limbert, M.A, author, parent coach, and workshop leader at Parents Place When it comes to raising toddlers, Dana Carvey once quipped, “They’re not so bad, just keep M&M’s in your pocket and feed ’em here and there.” If only it were so easy. What makes toddlers so terrible sometimes? That answer is not as mysterious as it sometimes seems (e.g., in the eye of a tantrum at Target checkout). Think about it—right now, while you’re calm and not tantrumming back at them. What are they grappling with that we have learned and hence take for granted? Two things:… Continue Reading


Posted by Admin on January 4, 2019

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

We’re Here to Make a Difference

Our expert staff is well-equipped to provide your family with the unique services and support you and your family need.