How to Manage Aggression in Children

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 …

Developmental Milestones: What are they and why is it important?

As parents, we all are so excited to bring our bundles of joy home. It can be challenging at times like knowing which cry means the little one is hungry, tired, or just wants some mommy and daddy attention. We scramble to get our hands on any “parenting book” available and make sure we have scheduled all the pediatrician appointments. …

5 Tips for Raising Strong, Powerful Girls

We all want our daughters to be secure and confident—to know how to assert themselves, think critically, and make positive choices for themselves. We are also aware that girls today are dealing with many issues unique to their generation that can negatively impact their bodies, minds, education, and friendships. Here are 5 tips to help raise strong, powerful girls: Roughhouse …

The Perils of Praise

By Joanna Faber and Julie King, authors and workshop leaders at Parents Place of Palo Alto Parenting advice can give you whiplash. Be consistent but flexible, kind but firm, always supportive but never hovering.  One of our favorite crazy-making contradictions is: It’s important to strengthen your child’s self-esteem … but be careful not to overpraise! Just thinking about it is exhausting. There are so many ways …

What’s So Good About Camp for Pre-K, Anyway?

We hear it every day: “Send your kids to Pre-K programs!” “Pre-K is really important!” “Kids who don’t practice before Kinder don’t do well in school!” But why is that – and what exactly is it that makes a particular program good? Is it having the latest and greatest age-appropriate games? The most organically delicious foods? The best and most …

History of Food Desensitization at CAA

Sanjeev Jain, MD, PhD In 2007, a longtime patient of mine, a 14-year-old boy, came to me after he had just spent his vacation in the hospital, being treated for anaphylaxis.  While we didn’t know for sure how he had been exposed to the tree nuts, our best guess is that it was cross contamination from a salad bar. This …

The Dos and Don’ts of Toddler Discipline

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 …

Rainy Day Play Ideas

It’s raining. The kids are getting restless and you’re starting to lose your mind watching them run around the house with more energy than you can handle. You’re dying to get them to burn off some energy, but walks, trips to the park and any other outdoor activity just isn’t in the cards today. Whether it’s an indoor space or …

How a New Wellness Company is Helping Tired Parents

Feeling Less-Than-Great has Become Normal for Parents For parents, feeling less-than-great is incredibly common. Whether feeling tired, foggy, carrying stubborn weight, or generally feeling like you’ve been running with the ‘check engine light’ on for too long, it’s become so common that we take it as natural that parents feel run down. Although it may seem normal, there probably have …