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 …

Holiday Bucket List: Bay Area Events

It’s the most wonderful time of the year! Make the most of it with your family and check off these holiday bucket list items! Visit the life size gingerbread house at the Fairmont Hotel in San Francisco.  Now until January 1. Details here. Ice skating: Fremont and San Mateo on Ice and Union Square Visit the reindeer at the San …

Ask the Expert Answers: Week 2

Answers for Traci Freeman from The Couples Center. How do you decide whether you need couple’s counseling or individual counseling?   Wonderful question!  Couple’s counseling looks at the “system” of the relationship and takes into account how you interact together, impact one another, talk about issues, how you handle conflict and how you manage yourself in the relationship.  Because it …

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 …