Week 1: Ask the Expert Column- Marriage and Family Therapist

Q 1: How does one navigate the waters of wanting a second child but husband thinks we are too old? For reference, I turned 38 last week:-) First of all, it’s important to validate each persons feelings.  Having children is a lifelong decision. Validating how the other feels will allow each of you to be seen and heard.  From this place …

Preparing for Preschool Fair

By Stephanie Agnew Are you looking for a preschool for your child?  The Palo Alto Menlo Park Parents Club Preschool Fair on Saturday, November 4th and other preschool fairs that are sponsored by local area mothers clubs are a great way to learn about the many early childhood education options available in your community. The variety of choices presented at …

Family Friendly Halloween Fun!

Costumes, spooky decorations, pumpkins, fall treats and so much more.  Halloween is full of so much excitement when you are little, and even as a parent you can enjoy the holiday like you did as a child when you take part in all the festivities.  There seems to be no better place to celebrate Halloween than the Bay Area.  With …

5 Tips to Ease the Transition Back to School

Some parents dread the start of the school year, having enjoyed lazy mornings and extra snuggle and play time with their children. Others of us jump for joy knowing our kids will be back in their routine and we have a nine-month hiatus from arranging camps and managing kids with too much time and too little structure. Regardless of whether …

When is the last time you did something special with your partner?

We know how it feels – trying to juggle stressful jobs with raising kids, and still trying to make time for love, romance and connection with your partner. As parents and business owners, we (Gal & Liron) know it can be tough! We started The Couples Center to help individuals and couples create exciting and passionate relationships. Because we’d love …

Why the Arts Are an Essential Part of a STEM/STEAM Curriculum

Traditionally, when speaking of a STEAM education, many people only discuss the main pillars of the curriculum: science, technology, engineering, and math. However, there has been a push in recent years to transition STEM to STEAM – adding to the acronym an “A” to represent the arts. While STEM education has always incorporated arts into the curriculum, the push to …

The Importance of Raising Emotionally Healthy Boys

I believe most parents want their kids to do well at school, to have at least one or several good friends, to “fit in”, and to be on the right track to succeed in a career and life-path.  Parents want their kids to be physically healthy and to have the resources they need to do well at school. All kids …

4 Tips for Savvy Bay Area Home Buyers

The home buying process can be daunting – especially in the Bay Area!  Here are four insider tips to help make your home buying journey smoother and less-stressful:   Negotiate a Commission Rebate   Real estate buying agents make 2.5% of the purchase price as their commission, which can easily be $50,000+ with today’s Bay Area prices.  Savvy buyers are …

3 Essential Documents You Need for Your Estate!

Everyone needs a plan for health, wealth, and family—especially parents. But getting the right estate documents to protect you and your family is expensive and confusing. Worse, making sure the right people have access to these documents at the right time is a headache, leaving families in the lurch in their hardest moments.   If you’re reading this blog, there’s …

Have a Nanny? Learn How to Get Your Nanny Taxes and Payroll Right!

Hiring a nanny? Finding the right caregiver for your children is tough enough. But that may be the easy part!  Getting nanny taxes and payroll right is critical but time consuming and may seem overwhelming. If you pay your nanny more than $2,100 in a calendar year, you’re obligated to follow federal and state nanny tax and payroll laws. The …