Category - Special Challenges

Making Room for Baby Number Two! 6 Tips to Help Your Toddler

Birth - First Year
Parenting Skills
Parents Tips
Special Challenges

Once the excitement of pregnancy with your second baby wears off and reality sets in with the baby’s birth, you may find yourself understandably anxious to help your toddler adjust to their growing family. It’s helpful to remember that no matter how “prepared” they are, toddlers can be expected to have some anxiety about the changing family dynamics. When a new sibling arrives home some toddlers are excited; others ignore the new baby, mom or dad; and some even appear oblivious. Your toddler is suddenly hearing “just a minute” more than usual: “Just a minute—I have to feed/change/calm the baby.”… Continue Reading


Posted by Admin on February 21, 2017

Helping Kids Adjust during Separation and Divorce

Parenting Skills
Parents Tips
Special Challenges

Helping Kids Adjust during Separation and Divorce Time and again, research suggests that parental conflict is a strong predictor of how children will do following parental separation and divorce. Parents’ ability to cooperatively co-parent without exposing their children to ongoing conflict can provide a critical foundation for healthy adjustment. Conversely, parents who remain hostile toward one another and continue to openly battle are likely to pave the way for their children’s maladjustment. This makes sense, right? It’s a big transition to have two homes and less time with both parents. Children who must also face ongoing fighting and conflict between… Continue Reading


Posted by Kathleen O’Connor on February 16, 2017

Parents Place Partners with AltSchool to Help Kids Succeed in School and Life

Discipline & Behavior
School Challenges
Special Challenges

For James, 7, making friends didn’t come easily. He had a hard time sitting still. He was impulsive and would often blurt things out in class. He had trouble starting conversations with his classmates and he struggled with sharing and taking turns on the playground equipment. Fortunately, James’s first-grade class is one of the happy participants of social skills groups facilitated by Parents Place. James’ teacher started him in the group and within a  few months he was coming out of his shell, engaging more with his peers and, to his surprise, he even made a friend. Soon the two… Continue Reading


Posted by Admin on December 21, 2016

5 Reasons Summer is Tough on Parents (and what to do about it)

Leisure & Vacation
Parents Tips
Special Challenges

As a kid, summer meant freedom and spontaneity. It conjured memories of the ice cream truck, mid-week sleepovers, kickball games lasting until it was dark, and riding my bike barefoot while snacking from a bag of Doritos hanging off the handlebar. I didn’t know how my parents must’ve felt until I became a parent myself. Summer has since taken on a whole new meaning. The anticipation of summer now fills me with a mixture of guilt, annoyance, and anxiety. Sadly, I sometimes find myself wishing away the entire season. So here we are, halfway through the summer, and for many… Continue Reading


Posted by Alyse Clayman on July 18, 2016

Don’t go!—Recognizing Separation Anxiety in Your School Age Child

Parenting Skills
Parents Tips
School Challenges
Special Challenges

From the first day of life humans are social beings. Upon a separation from a caregiver a baby rightfully senses danger and their nervous system pumps hormones, cortisol, and adrenaline through the body to activate the flight or fight response. Separation anxiety at this age of development is not just common, but expected. While the purpose and function of anxiety is to trigger our nervous system to respond, adapt, and survive a dangerous situation, our response systems can misfire. We can cause a “false alarm” to our nervous system when we misperceive an experience or situation as dangerous when it… Continue Reading


Posted by Ellie Pelc on March 3, 2016

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