Category - Preteens & Teens

Changing the Narrative on Adolescents

Parenting Skills
Parents Tips
Preteens & Teens

By Beth Berkowitz, PsyD. Director of Children’s Clinical Services and Child Training Institute at JFCS’ Parents Place and the Center for Children and Youth The Center for Children and Youth at JFCS is joining forces with Dr. Ken Ginsburg and The Center for Parent and Teen Communication in Philadelphia to help change the narrative about teens. Adolescence is a time of extraordinary possibility for young people. Yet, it’s always been heralded as a tumultuous time in an individual’s life. We just need to look to television and movies to prove this point, which is illustrated by everything from Rebel Without a… Continue Reading


Posted by Beth Berkowitz on December 31, 2019

From Toddlers to Teens: 5 Tips for Better Communication

Preteens & Teens
Toddlers

By Alyse Clayman, LCSW, Clinical and Site Director, Parents Place, Marin The ability to communicate with our kids is a crucial parenting skill, as well as an important building block in developing a healthy parent-child relationship. Whether you’re parenting a toddler or a teenager, good communication is the key to building our kids’ self-esteem and a mutually respectful relationship. Here are five tips to help you skillfully communicate with your child so that they will intuitively sense that you understand them, care about them, and respect them. Actually Listen Often, our own screen time and other distractions can negatively impact… Continue Reading


Posted by Alyse Clayman on June 27, 2019

Adolescence and Suicide Risk

Preteens & Teens
Raising Boys
Raising Girls

By Beth Berkowitz, PsyD., Director of Children’s Clinical Services and Child Training Institute at JFCS’ Parents Place In California in 2018, suicide was the third leading cause of death among young people 15 – 24 years old. The San Francisco Bay Area Peninsula has seen the highest numbers of suicides as compared to the rest of the country for more than 10 years. In our community especially, adolescent suicide is an epidemic that needs to be addressed head-on. Adolescence is a time when important values, beliefs, and practices are tested and when many lifelong habits are formed. The choices that youth… Continue Reading


Posted by Beth Berkowitz on May 9, 2019

How to Teach Your Child Financial Literacy

Parenting Skills
Parents Tips
Preteens & Teens

By Susan Sachs Lipman April is Financial Literacy Month and there’s no time like the present to give your kids some lessons that they can use for their entire lives. This is especially urgent, given some recent alarming statistics about financial literacy that include high rates of student and credit card debt and low rates of financial education and comprehension. No matter what your child’s age, there are ways parents can teach financial literacy at home: Preschool Introduce preschoolers to money when they are learning to count. Use real coins so they get a tactile experience of the different types… Continue Reading


Posted by Susan Sachs Lipman on April 18, 2019

Girl Power! 5 Tips for Raising an Assertive Girl

Preteens & Teens
Raising Boys
Toddlers

By Alyse Clayman, LCSW, Clinical and Site Director, Parents Place, Marin “Be kind! Quiet Down! Be polite! Don’t be so sassy! Stop yelling.” We’ve all said things like this to our daughters. While we do want to raise thoughtful, polite children, our girls receive these messages more often than our boys, and often risk internalizing the idea that they must get along with others and avoid conflict at all costs. In a world in which girls and women are routinely harassed, exploited, and mistreated, it is imperative that we teach our girls to stand up for themselves. Below are five… Continue Reading


Posted by Alyse Clayman on February 20, 2019

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