Category - Raising Girls
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
Welcome Home Again
Are you to new to the Bay Area? Or did you move here two, three, or even five years ago and still feel as if you haven’t found your people yet? When I moved here in 2010 with my husband and three-year old, I was struggling to keep a toddler busy, search for housing and find a way to cope with feelings of loneliness and stress. Here are some tips that helped me ease the transition and feel more at home. Join a Mother’s Club: When I realized I would be moving to the Peninsula, a quick online search led… Continue Reading