Category - Raising Boys

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

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

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

Supporting Our Children in Difficult Times

Parenting Skills
Raising Boys
Raising Girls
Special Challenges

By Karen DeVaney, Psy.D., licensed psychologist with Parents Place Recent months have brought more disastrous wildfires, more senseless mass shootings, and other tragedies of violence and stress to our communities and the world. With frightening current events filling the constant news loops and real-time images on social media, many families–adults and children alike–are understandably experiencing increased feelings of helplessness, stress, and overwhelm. In these difficult times, even when not directly impacted by a tragedy, children are at risk of increased levels of anxiety that can affect their behavior and overall sense of well-being. Some amount of anxiety is natural for… Continue Reading


Posted by Admin on November 16, 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

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