Category - Toddlers

5 Ways to Help Children Use Their Whole Brains

Parenting Skills
Parents Tips
Toddlers

By Beth Berkowitz, Psy.D, Director of Children’s Clinical Services and Child Training Institute at JFCS’ Parents Place. We have all heard about left-brained people and right-brained people before. While it is true that many of us are dominated to some extent by one side or the other, there are ways in which we can help our children find balance. In the book The Whole Brain Child by Dan Siegel, M.D., and Tina Payne Bryson, Ph.D., the authors offer a goldmine of guidance for parents about how to encourage balance for their children and help them thrive. Drs. Siegel and Bryson speak… Continue Reading


Posted by Beth Berkowitz on December 13, 2018

Preschool Friendships: The “Frenemy” and the “BFF”

Parenting Skills
Parents Tips
Preschool
Toddlers

By Heidi Emberling, MA, Parent Educator, Early Childhood Specialist The preschool years are a time when young children begin to develop deeper friendships with peers. This is the age of the first “BFFs” (Best Friends Forever), when children gravitate toward peers who share similar interests or play styles. Preferences emerge within the preschool classroom, and jealousy may arise when a best buddy wants to play with someone else. Friendships are whimsical at this age. Best friends on Monday can be fighting mightily by Wednesday, then ready for a playdate with this same friend over the weekend. It is the age of “frenemies” and… Continue Reading


Posted by Heidi Emberling on November 30, 2018

The Joys of Toddlerhood: Tips for Making the Most of this Magical Age

Leisure & Vacation
Parenting Skills
Parents Tips
Toddlers

By Stephanie Agnew, Assistant Director of Parents Place on the Peninsula My “Grandtwins” just turned 18 months old. I am so fortunate that they live close by and I get to spend at least one day a week with them. I am being reminded of why I have always loved this age so much and would like to share some of my joys with you. Enjoy Adventures with your Toddler According to psychologist Erik Erikson’s Eight Stages of Psychosocial Development, 18-24 month olds are beginning to move past the stage of Trust and into the stage of Autonomy. It is… Continue Reading


Posted by Stephanie Agnew on October 25, 2018

5 Proven Ways to Help Your Child Manage Frustration

Discipline & Behavior
Parenting Skills
Parents Tips
Preteens & Teens
Toddlers

Life is full of challenging feelings, and kids don’t come pre-programmed with frustration management skills! Fortunately, with a little bit of guidance and a lot of patience, you can help your child develop coping strategies to deal with frustrations both large and small. “Frustration in and of itself is not a bad thing—it helps children learn how to become more resilient,” says Heidi Emberling, MA, Assistant Director of Parent Education at Parents Place. Here are Heidi’s tips to help your child manage frustration. Tailor Your Approach “A child’s world will always be full of emotional ups and downs. Some leading… Continue Reading


Posted by Admin on September 26, 2018

Positive Parenting: Planning for Success

Discipline & Behavior
Parenting Skills
Parents Tips
Toddlers

Which tools are in your parenting toolbox? Having worked with families for over 30 years, I am familiar with various approaches to parenting, discipline, and guidance. The best approaches derive from our understanding of children’s brain development and either provide evidence for what we already know, present current information in a new light, or add something new and inspiring altogether. The Positive Parenting Program, or Triple P, a parenting program from Australia, is the latest evidence-based approach that has been supported by the state of California, among others. You may have taken a Triple P workshop, or seen one advertised…. Continue Reading


Posted by Bonnie Romanow on July 31, 2018

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