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 …

International Education Right Here in Palo Alto

hrough a rigorous, inquiry-based bilingual French or Chinese (Mandarin) education, the International School of the Peninsula (ISTP) guides students from preschool to 8th grade to develop the superior critical thinking abilities and cultural fluency associated with being bilingual. Through an Internationally Baccalaureate (IB) program of structured inquiry, students question deeply, seek out answers, and understand concepts and meaning instead of …

What is Cultural Fluency? How a Bilingual Education Can Help Your Child Thrive in a Globalized World

A bilingual education gives a child many lifelong benefits and opportunities – the ability to think through different lenses, increased executive function, and critical thinking skills, and of course fluency in more than one language, to name just a few. However, parents may not have considered an additional benefit of a bilingual education that has become increasingly important in today’s …

How to Understand and Respond to Your Child’s Behavioral Issues

As parents we wish we could subdue our children’s outbursts with a gentle re-direction. In some cases this works beautifully. But, in other cases it fails miserably, and the behavior we are wishing to stop increases. One important key to stopping unwanted behavior is to understand why the behavior started in the first place, what is underlying the behavior. This …

Art Klozet Photography

Art Klozet Photography is a high end, boutique studio that only takes on a small number of clients every month in order to provide the best possible service and an unprecedented level of personal attention. I don’t count how many clients I have, but how many great pictures you end up with. Every family is unique and I approach every …

“Parenting Pounds” Got You Down?

2 Tips to a Happier, Healthier You Between parenting and your “real” job, you work hard every day. Sweating hard. Pulling-out-your-hair hard. Bottle-of-wine hard. But you suck it up, put in the effort, watch what you eat, exercise like a fiend…because you want to feel good. So why isn’t it working? And why are your clothes getting tighter? Deep breath, …

Best of the Forums: What to Pack for School Lunches and Snacks!

Can you believe school is about to start again for our little ones?! Soon we will be wracking our brain for packed lunch and snack ideas.  We’ve compiled a list of our fellow PAMP members’ favorite ideas.  Hope this makes the transition back to school just a bit easier for everyone involved! Purchase a thermos and fill it with chicken, …

Kindergarten Here We Come!

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 …