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Mar 24th

How to Have Clout with your Kids (Jeff Leiken)

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by Genevieve Anderson  It was standing room only at the Drew School on February 3 – well, balcony room to be precise – with an unprecedented turn-out of men.  The theme of the evening, “Being the Rare Adult Teens Listen To”, had clearly touched a nerve with many Bay Area parents, brought an expert counsellor […]

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Nov 12th

Breaking through Deadlocks

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By Cynthia Klein Imagine you are having a conflict with your child because he won’t do his homework. You are in a deadlock because both of you are determined to win the argument. Your perspective is that it is his homework and he needs to be responsible for getting it done. You shouldn’t have to […]

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Nov 12th

Neurotic Parents Convene for College Talk (J.D. Rothman)

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by Genevieve Anderson The packed theatre at Lick Wilmerding High School erupted in laughter when the speaker JD Rothman asked for a show of hands for how many 9th grade parents were in the audience.  After all, the title of her talk that night, as well as her new book, was “The Neurotic Parent’s Guide […]

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Nov 12th

Where’s the Best Place to Study?

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by Robina Riccitiello As another school year is underway, students across San Francisco are well into this year’s round of homework.  Pencils sharpened (does anyone write on paper anymore?), laptops and iPads charged, snacks at hand … they are ready to work. The question is where? Some students study at pristine desks in their rooms, […]

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Oct 10th

It’s Not About the Grades

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by Genevieve Anderson Madeline Levine’s second book “Teach Your Children Well: Parenting for Authentic Success” will warm most parents’ hearts.  Her first, bestselling book “The Price of Privilege” was a compelling if slightly disheartening read — in it she describes the psychological and emotional fallout of excessive emphasis on scholastic performance and intrusive parenting common […]

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Oct 10th

Teens Offer Advice at Annual Teen Panel

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by Robina Riccitiello Parents can help teens manage stress better by being supportive, not asking about homework every time they see their teens, by letting them stay up late sometimes – because they just have to – and by giving them the occasional day off, according to the San Francisco teens at the Parents’ Coalition’s […]

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Mar 18th

What’s the word?

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Yolo:  You only live once.  Said before doing something dangerous or after doing something stupid. Used to be a cool expression, now possibly is considered annoying. Rickrolling: The prank of hiding a 1987 video of one-hit wonder Rick Astley singing “Never Gonna Give You Up” behind a seemingly interesting link. Photo-bombing: Waiting until just before […]

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Mar 18th

Teen Mental Health with Michael Simon, MFT

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by Kathleen Bisaccia Does My Teen Have Good Mental Health?  That is the question that Michael Simon, MFT, attempted to help parents answer at his presentation at the International High School on February 5, 2013.  Simon approached the audience with his usual good humor but on a more serious note than in the past.  The […]

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Mar 18th

What Teachers Wish Parents Knew

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by Joy Libby I am lucky to count many teachers as friends, some of whom have taught my own children over the years.  There was a clutch of preschool teachers who get in the trenches of the sandbox and have a bottomless well of creativity and there were brave middle school teachers who face hormones […]

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Mar 18th

9 Ways to Connect with Your Teen

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by Susan Sachs Lipman As the author of a book on Slow Parenting, parents often ask me if it’s too late to connect or re-connect with their teens. The good news? It’s not. If you’ve already established some nice routines and favorite activities, this can be a great time to continue or adjust them. Even […]

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