Five New Year’s NON-Resolutions for Parents of Young Children

Parenting Skills
Parents Tips

This year we challenge you to try something different. Instead of making New Year’s resolutions, make some New Year’s NON-resolutions! Here are five ideas that release you from the stress and struggle of trying to become the perfect parent. I will NOT feel badly about missing a workout. Many of us make resolutions about getting in shape, and of course exercise is important, but life with young children is hard enough to manage without the added guilt of not finding time or energy to hit the gym. Discover the great outdoors (or an indoor ice rink) on the weekends and turn a… Continue Reading

Posted by Admin on December 27, 2016

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

Experience the Magic of the Holidays without the Stress

Leisure & Vacation
Parents Tips

For many of us, the holidays cause frenzy and stress. We spend too much money. We schedule too many activities. We waste hours in crowded stores. Why? Because we somehow got the idea that we have to give our families a “perfect” holiday–which, ironically, can come at the expense of true family meaning and fun. How can we take back our holidays and enjoy the meaning and magic that they offer? Think about your and your family’s warmest memories When you replay your happiest memories, chances are that many of them are relatively simple and spontaneous. This is largely true… Continue Reading

Posted by Susan Sachs Lipman on December 12, 2016

“Mine, Mine, Mine!” 7 Ways to Encourage Sharing

Discipline & Behavior
Parenting Skills
Parents Tips

“We have to share!” If you’ve uttered this phrase recently, you probably have a toddler. And you’ve probably been met with confusion, anger or meltdowns. Sharing, as you might gather, is a difficult concept for young children. Most experts actually think it’s wrong to force young children to share: developmentally speaking, they just don’t have the capacity. By around age 4, most children start to understand that others might have wishes that differ from their own. Before then, sharing can be a challenge (and that’s an understatement). Still, there are a few important things you can do to help the… Continue Reading

Posted by Admin on October 6, 2016

Choosing a Preschool

Choosing Schools

Every year over 500 parents attend Parents Place’s Preschool Preview Night in Golden Gate Park at the Hall of Flowers. What are they hoping for? To find a first school that provides their child with a safe, stimulating learning place and allows them to connect with other children like themselves. Parents in the Bay Area and in many parts of the country require full or part time preschool to accommodate their diverse work schedules.  Schedules can range from  part time to very full time, sometimes averaging 40-50 hours a week. Looking at different preschools involves a multi-layered approach to finding… Continue Reading

Posted by Mechele Pruitt on September 14, 2016

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