Category - Leisure & Vacation

18 Ways to Unplug as a Family

Leisure & Vacation
Parents Tips

A sleeping bag for a phone? It might sound silly, but this idea is making the rounds as a fun solution to a common family problem: Family time is being squeezed out for screen time. And, while kids are spending an astonishing 9 hours a day on electronic media, parents often need reminders as well to put the shiny devices down and engage with our families and surroundings. National Day of Unplugging, March 3 – 4 (sundown to sundown), is an idea whose time has come. Participants are encouraged to take the pledge to unplug and then continue some of… Continue Reading


Posted by Susan Sachs Lipman on February 28, 2017

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

Schedules Vs. Free Playtime: How to Help Kids Find the Balance

Discipline & Behavior
Leisure & Vacation

As summer winds to a close, the reality of long structured days and homework-filled evenings is starting to sink in. With increasing school demands, life can be stressful for even young kids. As clinical professionals, my colleagues and I are observing that many kids are experiencing anxiety at increasingly younger ages. Unstructured time can be a relief from hectic schedules. But if you’ve heard your kids say they’re bored (who hasn’t?) you know that kids often just don’t know what to do if activities aren’t planned for them. Helping our kids incorporate enough free playtime into their lives is one… Continue Reading


Posted by Kathleen O’Connor on August 23, 2016

5 Reasons Summer is Tough on Parents (and what to do about it)

Leisure & Vacation
Parents Tips
Special Challenges

As a kid, summer meant freedom and spontaneity. It conjured memories of the ice cream truck, mid-week sleepovers, kickball games lasting until it was dark, and riding my bike barefoot while snacking from a bag of Doritos hanging off the handlebar. I didn’t know how my parents must’ve felt until I became a parent myself. Summer has since taken on a whole new meaning. The anticipation of summer now fills me with a mixture of guilt, annoyance, and anxiety. Sadly, I sometimes find myself wishing away the entire season. So here we are, halfway through the summer, and for many… Continue Reading


Posted by Alyse Clayman on July 18, 2016

What Happened to Summertime? 7 Tips to Make It Great

Leisure & Vacation
Parents Tips

Happy summer! It’s already the 4th of July and the weather is to die for in the San Francisco Bay Area! Mid 70’s – low 90’s with a slight breeze and bright blue skies with wispy clouds – What more could we want? The staff here at Parents Place has been hearing several of our clients comment on how busy their summers have become and that it’s stressful to manage all the different summer camps and sports. Parents are already longing for the consistent structure of the normal school day schedule! Now that school has been out for a few… Continue Reading


Posted by Stephanie Agnew on July 4, 2016

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