Category - Toddlers

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

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

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