Category - Raising Girls
It’s Time to Plan for Summer Camps! 5 Lessons Learned from a Summer Camp Veteran
For all of you parents who need to figure out what your children will be doing when school is out in June, here is some wisdom about scheduling summer camps from Parents Place’s Community Outreach Coordinator, Elina Koretsky. Lesson #1: Register for the most popular camps in January. Yes, as crazy as it may seem, there are some wonderful camps that fill up almost as soon as registration opens. If you are hoping to fill a couple weeks of your child’s summer with a popular day or sleep-away camp, now is the time to get organized. Also, some camps offer… Continue Reading
Kindergarten Here We Come!
It is that time of year when children everywhere are getting excited—and perhaps a little anxious—about the new school year starting. No one feels this more than Kindergarteners and their families. Starting elementary school is a big step for children and their parents. Here are a few tips to help you relax and enjoy this important milestone. Work on getting into a school going routine at least a week before school starts. Summer is a time when we often become more flexible about bedtime and waking routines. Remember that a good night’s sleep and a healthy breakfast are two of… Continue Reading
Does Your Young Daughter Have a Positive Body Image?
Poor body image is epidemic among girls and women in this country: 94% of women report having a negative body image and wanting to change something about their bodies, and 98% think negatively about their bodies at least once a day. How you can ensure that your child has a healthy relationship with her body now and throughout her development? Be a Role Model How you feel about your body has direct impact on how your daughter will feel about hers. If you are constantly trying to change your body and expressing frustration, dislike, or criticism about your appearance, you… Continue Reading
How to Achieve Summer Camp Planning Flow
Have you signed your kids up for summer camp yet? No? Now that I’ve been doing this for a few years, I feel like I have achieved “summer camp flow” with my 4th grader. In today’s competitive world, camp sign-ups begin in January and I highly recommend that you register now for popular camps. Lessons Learned After Four Years of Summer Camp During our first summer here on the Peninsula, I was working 40 hours a week, so finding full-time summer camp options was a necessity. That summer, my kid went to camp all day, every day and loved it…. Continue Reading
What to Say in Challenging Situations with Children: Sentence Starters for Parents
It is everywhere. The advice, the suggestions, the tips for parents, usually with a disclaimer that it is important to trust your gut, and to remember that there is no absolute right way to parent. This is true. A parenting style is personal, individual, and most of all ever-shifting. Classes and books offer a roadmap, but what about when you seem to get derailed and the map no longer holds true. Parents often ask professionals for general tips and tricks for communication and with specific language to use in difficult moments. Here are some phrases that may work well during… Continue Reading