Category - Parents Tips

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

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

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

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