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  • The holidays are once again upon us, and for many families that can mean fun, relaxation, time with beloved family and friends, but also stress, anxiety, pressure, disappointment, and irritable and exhausted kids! Holiday time often brings out the best—and the worst in us parents—as well as in our children and all those around us. This can seem inevitable as we give up normal routines and structur...

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  • Difficult parenting moments are challenging for everyone, but when you and your partner disagree on how to manage them, it can make a bad situation worse. Knowing something about your own (and your partner’s) discipline style will help you navigate these everyday challenges more effectively. The See-Saw of Parenting Styles Are you a strict “my way or the highway” type of parent? Or are you a lenie...

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  • These encouraging words will work wonders on your kids. Knowing what to say to your children isn’t always easy—especially when you need to say something they don’t want to hear. It’s even more complicated when you are speaking to the people whose lives you have the most influence upon (not to mention when it feels like the entire grocery store checkout line is watching and listening intently). One...

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  • It’s more common than you might think—Frequent accidents … Refusing to poop on the potty… Withholding … Fear of the toilet or bathroom … Regressing. Here’s s a little gem for you: the average age for toilet training in the U.S. is about three years old, but the range varies from about 18 – 60 months. And I’ll save you some trouble by doing the math for you—60 months equals five years old! So if yo...

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  • It’s the time of year when families of 4-year-olds focus on the next big step in their child’s schooling—Kindergarten and choosing a school! Here in the San Francisco Bay Area we are very fortunate to have lots of choices for both public and private schools. The bad news is that it is sometimes hard to figure out what all these choices might be and navigate the process of registering, entering lot...

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  • The popular Netflix series, 13 Reasons Why, has caused controversy among some who think the show glorifies teen suicide. The series touches on very important issues that all teens face. As a parent, you have to make the decision whether or not your child is ready to watch the widely discussed series. Of utmost importance when making this decision is to do your due diligence. Read a variety of opin...

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  • The popular Netflix series, 13 Reasons Why, has caused controversy among some who think the show glorifies teen suicide. The series touches on very important issues that all teens face. As a parent, you have to make the decision whether or not your child is ready to watch the widely discussed series. Of utmost importance when making this decision is to do your due diligence. Specifically, read a v...

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  • School is back in session! Some of us have gone from the bliss of long summer days and lazy schedules to a tight regime of waking up early and time managed to the minute. Others may be relieved that the kids are finally back in school and the hectic, irregular schedule of summer is over. Whatever your situation may be, it’s important for parents and children who experience a long stretch of time a...

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  • The Christian Science Monitor by Michael B. Farrell and Jessica Mendoza Can kids be encouraged to let go of the virtual world – occasionally – and engage in the real one? Can they stop posting selfies long enough to think of someone else? The answer is yes. But there are bound to be some anxious moments for parents along the way. MOUNTAIN VIEW, CALIF.—Jake Lee, a tanned California teenager in bagg...

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  • 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 ...

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  • Grit, as defined by world-renowned psychologist Dr. Angela Duckworth, PhD, is “our passion and perseverance for long-term goals.” It’s the effort, commitment, and determination to adapt in the face of challenge and nevertheless persist. Current cultural values too often focus on having a fixed amount of natural talent, intelligence, and giftedness. Either you have it or you don’t. Phrases that we ...

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  • Before you spontaneously head off the SPCA or Humane Society with your kids, consider taking some time to think through the decision to take on another family member. Pets need much more than just food and water, and it is important to consider whether your family is totally prepared or if your children can truly be responsible for helping with a pet. Animals (ranging from hamsters to dogs) need r...

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  • Getting children to do chores—and even getting ourselves to do chores—can be a chore in and of itself. We grumble and resist, and so do they! Resistance shows up no matter how big or small we are! Contributing to daily life tasks is healthy and appropriate for children to learn … and they should not be ‘paid’ to do these kinds of jobs. Our home and life together requires care and attention to whic...

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  • Deciding to separate or divorce from your spouse or partner is often one of the most stressful life transitions that we embark on. It can be difficult to take care of yourself while also being a supportive caregiver for your kids—who have their own feelings and opinions in the matter. Effective parents nurture their own needs along with their child’s. When faced with a major life change our stress...

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  • Five Important Conversations to Have with Your Preteen Do you remember middle school? It was probably a blur of braces, challenging social dynamics, and puberty. What I remember most from that time is walking to and from school without supervision for the first time and being home alone after school. The shift from being constantly supervised as a child to having so much independence was scary at ...

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  • All parents are driven by an overwhelming need and desire to protect their children. We believe our job is to keep them safe and to make life as stress free for them as we can while they are young. Many parents do their best to keep their children away from shocking news or information that might scare them, so they can help them hold on to the idea that the world is a wonderful, safe place where ...

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  • Yep, I used the word ‘rage.’ You know exactly what I mean if you have a young child who has trouble handling their strong emotions and ends up screaming, melting down, and hitting you, your partner, your nanny or caregiver, or, most mortifying of all, grandma. Children who explode with anger can be aggressive and very difficult to manage, which is often distressing and scary for parents. Once the ...

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  • Ahhh, the carefree days of summer … the word summer still conjures up a great number of positive associations for me, as I hope it does for you. As a child summer meant barbeques, long days at the beach or pool, and nights spent biking around with friends (after dinner!) because it was still light out. But, if you’re a parent, it is unlikely that your summer days are carefree. Summer has become a ...

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  • For many families, June is a mixed bag. The routines of the school year, and the rounds of year-end celebrations and rituals, suddenly give way to summer, which, with its promises of freedom and leisure, can create a new kind of stress. That stress is most keenly felt by working parents, parents on a budget, over-scheduled families, and families with children who need extra time to adjust to summe...

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  • 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...

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  • Do you have a master negotiator at home—a child who likes to control every conversation and tries to change the rules to suit his needs? If so, you may be stuck in the cycle of frequent, exhausting parent-child power struggles. Kids who crave control may fight parents on everything: daily routines, food choices, play dates, and more. They may be rigid thinkers who expect that everyone will conform...

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  • How would you describe your child’s spirit? You might find that a tough question to answer. What do we mean by “spirit,” really? I define spirit as the type of energy we bring: whether to a room, a conversation, our work, a musical instrument, or other activity. Perhaps you see your child as fiery, bold, nimble, or charismatic. Or perhaps your child’s teacher or a relative has described your child...

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  • At their best modern devices are helpful tools and can make our lives easier. At their worst, they are remarkably addictive, and research now clearly shows that their use can lead to a host of behavioral, interpersonal, and mood issues for people of all ages. If you are reading this, you likely have a young child or adolescent. I have some bad news for you—for young children in particular, screen-...

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  • Is there such thing as a quarrel-free relationship? Not that we’re aware of. And with kids in the mix, it’s inevitable that sometimes arguments will happen in front of them. From a child’s point of view, it can be frightening when grownups are mad at each other—not to mention it sends the wrong message that yelling is the grown-up way to handle disagreements. Here are 5 tips: Model how to resolve ...

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  • Because there are dozens of fun, outdoor festivals offered each spring and summer around the Bay Area, the hardest choice for families might be deciding which ones to attend. The Third Annual Parents Place Family Fun Day is coming up on Sunday, April 23rd in Palo Alto!  This is a great opportunity for families with young children to bounce in our toddler fun zone, rock out to live music, nibble on...

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  • Spring has sprung and since Parents Place is part of Jewish Family and Children’s Services, we are getting ready for Passover! Many of us are busy cleaning our kitchens and pantries or packing to go visit family and celebrate. Let us also take a little time to think about this holiday through the eyes of our children or grandchildren. Whether they are a toddler or have left for college, we want to...

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  • Nearly all children will have fears or worries at some point during childhood—fears of the dark, of heights, of spiders, or monsters. But for up to a third of children and adolescents, their fears become profound and can develop into an anxiety disorder. Most parents strive to protect, comfort, and reassure their anxious children with responses that validate their emotional experience. Saying thin...

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  • You’re sitting relaxing for a few minutes before getting ready to make dinner, and you hear yelling echoing from the back of the house. You tear back there to find your child in what looks like a brawl with a friend. Once separated you proceed to yell back in order to make clear your disapproval. Sound familiar? Parents, teachers, and after school staff often feel as though the aggression they see...

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