Category - Preteens & Teens

5 New Ways to Reconnect After School

Parenting Skills
Parents Tips
Preteens & Teens

How many times have you asked your child, “How was your day?”, only to get the response, “fine”?  If your number is too many to count, you are not alone. Many parents struggle with ways to reconnect with their children after a long school day. Here are five alternative questions for you to consider: What was your high and your low? Like a mountain, we all have peaks and valleys throughout the day. Routinely asking this question can help normalize this experience for your child and encourage them to identify and communicate about both the highs and the lows. Who… Continue Reading


Posted by Ellie Pelc on October 9, 2018

5 Proven Ways to Help Your Child Manage Frustration

Discipline & Behavior
Parenting Skills
Parents Tips
Preteens & Teens
Toddlers

Life is full of challenging feelings, and kids don’t come pre-programmed with frustration management skills! Fortunately, with a little bit of guidance and a lot of patience, you can help your child develop coping strategies to deal with frustrations both large and small. “Frustration in and of itself is not a bad thing—it helps children learn how to become more resilient,” says Heidi Emberling, MA, Assistant Director of Parent Education at Parents Place. Here are Heidi’s tips to help your child manage frustration. Tailor Your Approach “A child’s world will always be full of emotional ups and downs. Some leading… Continue Reading


Posted by Admin on September 26, 2018

Creating Family Technology Conversations That Work

Parenting Skills
Parents Tips
Preteens & Teens
Technology

It’s not always easy talking about technology, screen-time, and media choices with our children and teens. Read on for suggestions from Mindful Digital Life‘s Claudia L’Amoreaux. For many parents, a “Trial and Error” approach is our default, especially when it comes to conversations about technology, media, and devices. The problem with a “Trial and Error” approach is that we’re often left with things not working out, or blown trust levels and alienated kids, which can take some time to repair. I prefer an approach that focuses on “Experiment, Reflect, and Iterate” when it comes to creating family technology conversations that lead… Continue Reading


Posted by Claudia L’Amoreaux on September 7, 2018

Weathering the Storms of Adolescence: To Hold on or Let Go?

Discipline & Behavior
Parents Tips
Preteens & Teens
Raising Boys
Raising Girls

During the storms of adolescence it’s a tricky balance for parents to know when to offer support and when to let go. We all want our young adults to be prepared for life, and not be stifled by a “failure to launch” into adulthood. So what’s the best way to foster independence and responsibility? And how is Parents Place’s Child and Family Clinical program and Parent Coaching program helping families get set up for success? We recently sat down with Havi Wolfson Hall, LCSW, child and adolescent therapist at Parents Place in Palo Alto, to find out. What trends are… Continue Reading


Posted by Admin on May 23, 2018

From Helplessness to Action: Empowering our Children to Create a Better World

Parenting Skills
Parents Tips
Preteens & Teens
Toddlers

Mr. Rogers’ phrase “Look for the helpers” has been especially resonant lately, as we have watched youth mobilizing around the country, in the wake of school shootings, to advocate for safe schools and changes in governmental protections. From horror, tragedy, fear, and frustration comes hope, determination, action, and connection. As a Baby Boomer who spent my teens and twenties trying to fight injustice in our country and at the hands of our country, I am reminded of the importance of moving from feeling helpless to being empowered. What is happening in our country now provides wonderful opportunities for parents to… Continue Reading


Posted by Karen Friedland-Brown on April 18, 2018

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