Category - Preteens & Teens

Transitions to Middle School: The New Normal

Parenting Skills
Parents Tips
Preteens & Teens

Five Important Conversations to Have with Your Preteen Do you remember middle school? It was probably a blur of braces, challenging social dynamics, and puberty. What I remember most from that time is walking to and from school without supervision for the first time and being home alone after school. The shift from being constantly supervised as a child to having so much independence was scary at first, but then became my new normal. Independence comes in many forms in middle school. It’s a lot to manage going from one teacher to seven teachers with many more subjects, homework for every… Continue Reading


Posted by Elina Koretsky on July 11, 2017

Powering Off: Taking a Digital Detox as a Family

Leisure & Vacation
Media Safety
Preteens & Teens
Sleep
Special Challenges

At their best modern devices are helpful tools and can make our lives easier. At their worst, they are remarkably addictive, and research now clearly shows that their use can lead to a host of behavioral, interpersonal, and mood issues for people of all ages. If you are reading this, you likely have a young child or adolescent. I have some bad news for you—for young children in particular, screen-time has been shown to have negative effects on sleep (which can also negatively impact mood and lead to behavioral issues), social interaction and learning, executive functioning (e.g., self-regulation and working… Continue Reading


Posted by Robyn Matlon on May 1, 2017

Who Has Come to Live with Us? Adolescence Brings Big Changes

Parenting Skills
Parents Tips
Preteens & Teens

Many parents experience such dramatic changes in their child between the ages of 11 – 14 that they feel like an alien has taken residence in their home! When a child goes through puberty and enters the adolescent years, the physical and emotional transformation can cause parents to lose confidence in their ability to set boundaries and stay connected. The mood swings can be extreme, the withdrawal can be infuriating, and your child’s rejection of family life while having an extreme focus on peers can be hurtful and alarming. But if you stay focused on what your child’s job is at… Continue Reading


Posted by Karen Friedland-Brown on June 6, 2016

Tips to Stay Connected with Your Teen

Parenting Skills
Parents Tips
Preteens & Teens

Adolescence is a time when children and parents begin to spend less time together. It is a time when teens begin to develop their independence, understand their place in the world, and begin to work out their own values and beliefs. It can be especially challenging to connect with teens who may seem like they don’t want anything to do with you. And with busy schedules it can be all too easy to share the same space with another family member without really connecting. Your child still needs a strong relationship with you to feel safe and secure as they… Continue Reading


Posted by Kathleen O’Connor on March 9, 2016

Five Questions to Empower You When Considering a Therapist for Your Child

Occupational Therapy
Preteens & Teens
School Challenges
Special Challenges

Have you ever wondered if your child may benefit from seeing a therapist? Or, has a teacher or family member ever suggested that a therapist could be helpful in supporting your child in his or her development? Children and families benefit from therapy for many different reasons. Your preschooler may be struggling to transition to school. Or your kindergartener may be struggling to make and keep friends.  Perhaps your 2nd grader is having trouble paying attention and focusing in class. Or maybe your middle schooler is having strong feelings of sadness or worry. For many parents, the initial process of… Continue Reading


Posted by Ellie Pelc on October 13, 2015

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