Category - Toddlers

“I want Daddy!” “That’s not the way Mommy makes my pancakes!”: What to Do When Your Child Rejects You

Parenting Skills
Parents Tips
Preschool
Toddlers

By Stephanie Agnew, Assistant Director, Parents Place on the Peninsula Toddlers and preschoolers are all about power and control. They like to think that they are in charge of their lives and can control their parents. Most young children go through stages when they have a preference for one parent or the other, and it often switches back and forth. This can be very disheartening, especially for a full-time working parent who has limited time to spend with his or her child and desperately wants to share in the caregiving role. Here are a four tips to help you make… Continue Reading


Posted by Stephanie Agnew on May 17, 2019

Typical Temper Tantrum or Emotional Trouble? How to Tell the Difference

Discipline & Behavior
Parenting Skills
Parents Tips
Preschool
Toddlers

By Robyn Matlon, Psy.D., licensed psychologist with Parents Place Marin In my experience as both a parent and child psychologist, emotional outbursts are one of the most concerning and frequent issues children are referred for. If you think about it, childhood is a pretty frustrating period of life. You’re starting to have ideas, hopes, and preferences of your own but you have very little control over any aspect of your life and someone bigger than you is always telling you what to do. Almost every child will have occasional meltdowns or tantrums, or angrily refuse to do something we ask… Continue Reading


Posted by Admin on April 10, 2019

Join the Fun! Parents Place Family Fun Day is Sunday, April 28

Birth - First Year
News
Toddlers

Our 5th Annual Parents Place Family Fun Day will take place Sunday, April 28, from 11 am – 1:30 pm. All families with young children aged birth through seven are encouraged to attend. Bounce around in the toddler fun zone, rock out to live music, and sample delicious treats. Meet our team of parenting experts, engage in games and activities provided by our community partners, and drop into one of our mini-workshops on everything from mindfulness to tantrums while your children enjoy our playroom. We look forward to meeting you and your little ones at Parents Place. This is a FREE family… Continue Reading


Posted by Elina Koretsky on March 18, 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

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