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Mar 23rd

Family Stress: It’s Not All in Your Head

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by Diana Divecha, Ph.D. For most of my kids’ childhoods, I felt that my ability to guide my family faced direct competition from school, and many forces beyond. In elementary school, heavy backpacks bent my kids’ soft little backs. Homework intruded into playtime, even though research has shown that play is important for cognitive and […]

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Oct 10th

Nine Big Changes in Young Teens that You Should Know About

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by Diana Divecha, Ph.D When children are young, it’s easy to celebrate their developmental changes. We write down their first words and send photos of first steps to grandparents; we scaffold their learning by breaking tasks down into manageable parts, and we mitigate their risks. It’s fairly simple. But something breaks down midway on the journey […]

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Mar 24th

To Gap or Not to Gap

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by Martha Stabler To gap or not gap, that is the question being mulled by many graduating seniors across the Bay Area right now.  And it’s not just the kids who are debating this option.  Parents must also consider the social, emotional and economic issues involved in the decision to delay matriculation to college. Gap […]

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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

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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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

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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