Category - Raising Girls

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

May is the New December: How to Get to Summer With Your Sanity Intact

Leisure & Vacation
Parents Tips
Raising Boys
Raising Girls

Does your family have spring fever? You know the symptoms–lax lunches, half-hearted homework checks, award-ceremony overdose and field-trip fatigue. Fear not: Summer is on its way. Here are 6 tips to help your family reach the end of the school year with greater ease. Cut yourself some slack The end of the school year can feel like both a marathon and a sprint. This is exhausting to even the most superhuman among us. The world won’t end if the softball uniform isn’t squeaky clean or pizza seems to be the main attraction at more dinners than usual. Give yourself permission… Continue Reading


Posted by Susan Sachs Lipman on May 15, 2018

5 Ways to Help Your Child Silence Their Inner Critic

Bullying Prevention
Discipline & Behavior
Parenting Skills
Parents Tips
Raising Boys
Raising Girls

“I’ll fail the test!” “Nobody likes me!” It’s not uncommon to hear your child utter self-critical statements like these from time to time. “We all have our inner monologues. But children, more so than adults, tend to overgeneralize, and talk themselves out of being resilient and competent,” explains Rebecca Wood, LCSW, Director of Parents Place in Marin County. She says it can be useful to think about why your child might be engaging in what experts refer to as “negative self-talk”—and learn practical ways to help your child develop a more positive inner voice. Common Reasons for Negative Self-Talk All-or-nothing… Continue Reading


Posted by Admin on April 24, 2018

5 Tips For Raising Strong, Powerful Girls

Parenting Skills
Parents Tips
Raising Girls

We all want our daughters to be secure and confident—to know how to assert themselves, think critically, and make positive choices for themselves. We are also aware that girls today are dealing with many issues unique to their generation that can negatively impact their bodies, minds, education, and friendships. Here are 5 tips to help raise strong, powerful girls: Roughhouse with your daughter We need to provide our daughters opportunities to develop physical relationships with their bodies that build confidence. As a culture, we tend to tolerate, and even encourage, rough play among boys, but are less tolerant when our… Continue Reading


Posted by Alyse Clayman on March 12, 2018

We Help Kids and Their Families Soar

At Parents Place, we understand the challenges of raising children with special needs, and we’re here to help.