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The Importance of Raising Emotionally Healthy Boys
Published on: 9/21/2019
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 start school with excitement and anticipation. They will be learning and growing academically and socially. But what about the emotional lives of boys and girls? I’d like you to do a guided imagery for a few moments. Close your eyes, and imagine you are on a school playground. A small girl, age 5 or so has fallen across the playground. You can see she’s crying and distressed, on her hands and knees on the ground. Imagine yourself approaching the child. What would you do and say? How would you interact with her? Now open your eyes. If I had told you the young child in distress was a boy, would you have reacted differently or treated him differently than if it was a
Preschool Friendships: The "Frenemy" and the "BFF"
Published on: 9/17/2019
The preschool years are a time when young children begin to develop deeper friendships with peers. This is the age of the first “BFFs” (Best Friends Forever), when children gravitate toward peers who share similar interests or play styles. Preferences emerge within the preschool classroom, and jealousy may arise when a best buddy wants to play with someone else.
The Power of the Arts for Children’s Growth and Learning
Published on: 9/10/2019
It seems intuitive that our lives – and the lives of our children – are enriched by the arts. As parents, we strive to give our children access to creative materials and experiences that allow them to explore their world, express themselves, and try new things. Schools, too, have an important role to play in this arena.
How to Keep Your Nanny After Your Kids Go to School
Published on: 9/3/2019
It’s a difficult situation: you’ve had the same nanny since your child was a toddler, maybe even an infant, and you couldn’t be happier with her excellent care. Now your child is starting school soon and you don’t want to let go of the nanny you and your family love. She feels like part of the family. But what can you do?
Luckily, there are a few ways to keep your nanny around, such as changing her responsibilities and tweaking her hours.
Start the conversation early
First and foremost, start the conversation about your kids going to school early. Talking about this change in routine early shows your nanny that you are proactive and open, and that you don’t want to lose her. You care about your relationship and want it to continue. Set aside a time to talk about your nanny’s duties before your kids go to school, if possible. For some families, this is a few months before school starts, but it can start much sooner, like when thoughts of preschool or pre-K arise.
4 Ways to Support Your Child During the School Year
Published on: 8/27/2019
The first weeks of the school year are a time of both excitement and worry for many children. While some kids have been eager to reconnect with their friends and begin the new year, other children become increasingly anxious as the first day of school approaches and have a hard time adjusting to the changes. As parents, we can provide our children with the care and attention they need to feel both academically prepared and emotionally held during this time of transition. Here are some tips to support your child in the first weeks of the new school year.
Parent Self-Care Tips for a Smoother Back-to-School Transition
Published on: 8/19/2019
Growing up, my favorite time of year was Back to School! It meant a new haircut, new clothes, new shoes, a new backpack, notebooks with matching pencil pouches filled with freshly sharpened pencils, and more. But it also meant butterflies in my stomach, wondering who my teacher would be. Will my best friend and I be in the same class? Who I will sit next to at lunch? And it also meant a few difficult mornings adjusting to waking up early again in order to get to school on time.
5 Tips to Ease the Transition Back to School
Published on: 8/12/2019
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 you’re already feeling nostalgic about less time with your kids, or can’t wait to push them out the door, here are a few tips to ease the transition into the school year:
Latitude Food Allergy Care —
Published on: 7/23/2019
founded by moms to support and help other food allergic moms protect their children from food allergies.

Nationwide, more than 32 million Americans are impacted by food allergy — an estimated 1 in 13 children (2 in every classroom!) and more than 1 in 10 adults. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the prevalence of food allergy in children increased by 50 percent from 1997 to 2011, and it continues to rise.
8 Great Tips for Raising a Reader
Published on: 7/15/2019
Yesterday I had one of those happy mama moments. In my mind there are very few things more satisfying than watching my two daughters excitedly rip open the packages of new books that arrived in the mail from our monthly book club. Within minutes they were each snuggled into different ends of the couch flipping through their special gifts. The house was quiet, the girls were entertained, life was good.
Sacrifice, Joy and 12 Tips for Surviving as New Parents
Published on: 7/8/2019
Some regard parenthood as the ultimate “sacrifice” in life because it requires us to put another life before ourselves.
Taming Our Child's Anxious Worry Monster
Published on: 7/2/2019
Nearly all children will have fears or worries at some point during childhood—fears of the dark, of heights, of spiders, or monsters. But for up to a third of children and adolescents, their fears become profound and can develop into an anxiety disorder. Most parents strive to protect, comfort, and reassure their anxious children with responses that validate their emotional experience. Saying things like, “I see how worried you are. This is really scary for you.”
Powering Off: Taking a Digital Detox as a Family
Published on: 6/25/2019
At their best modern devices are helpful tools and can make our lives easier. At their worst, they are remarkably addictive, and research now clearly shows that their use can lead to a host of behavioral, interpersonal, and mood issues for people of all ages.
5 Proven Ways to Help Your Child Manage Frustration
Published on: 6/17/2019
5 Proven Ways to Help Your Child Manage Frustration
Let’s Enjoy Outdoor Play
Published on: 5/8/2019
By: Angel Chang, IHSD Marketing and Communications Manager

These days, it seems like fewer kids are seen actively playing outdoors and rather more are seen indoors glued to a screen. With technology advances in mobile media, it’s not uncommon to find young children sitting at a park with a smartphone in hand and completely oblivious to the environment. So here …
How to Teach Your Child Financial Literacy
Published on: 5/8/2019
By Susan Sachs Lipman

April is Financial Literacy Month and there’s no time like the present to give your kids some lessons that they can use for their entire lives. This is especially urgent, given some recent alarming statistics about financial literacy that include high rates of student and credit card debt and low rates of financial education and comprehension. No matter …
Ask the Expert: Financial Planner Q&A
Published on: 5/8/2019
This month, Chris Hutchins from Grove is answering members’ questions about financial planning. Q 1. In this housing market, is it more prudent to invest in real estate, real estate REITS or stocks in general?A–Due to its great appreciation over the years, the San Francisco housing market presents a unique challenge when answering this question. It may seem like a …
10 Tips for Returning to Work after a Career Break
Published on: 5/8/2019
Are you considering a return to work? Whether it’s because our children are starting kindergarten (or leaving for college!), financial necessity, or just the desire to dust off the resume be among other working professionals, many of us think about a career re-entry at some point. Only problem is, once we start thinking about this, the doubts and questions come …
Family Finance 101: 5 Things You Can Do Today to Secure Your Tomorrows
Published on: 5/8/2019
by: Chris Hutchins, Founder/CEO Grove

Even if you consider yourself to be a financially savvy person — you read the blogs, listen to the podcasts, etc. — a whole new world of considerations surface when your personal finance lens shifts from just you, to you and your family. For some, it can be a challenge to actually start thinking of themselves …
Anxiety After Baby, Do You Have It?
Published on: 5/8/2019
What if you’re a new mom and instead of feeling exhilarated, you find yourself feeling very anxious, sad, irritable or lonely? What if you feel guilty for being a “bad mom,” as you find yourself not living up to what seems like everyone else’s “baby bliss?” Many new parents are surprised to learn that at least 1 in 7 women …
Teaching Our Children to be Kind
Published on: 5/8/2019
We all want our children to be kind. In fact we find ourselves stunned and embarrassed when we witness them being anything but kind. But childhood is a series of growth lessons and learning to be kind is one such milestone. We all assume our children know what being kind means, however it is important to define it for them …
Spring Fun at the Farm is Saturday, April 27
Published on: 5/8/2019
You won’t want to miss this event! Back by popluar demand is Fun at the Farm Day! Saturday, April 27th10am-1pmPastorino Farms, Half Moon Bay PAMP Members are invited to enjoy a fun day at Pastorino Farm! There will be Pony Rides, a Petting Zoo, Hayrides, a Bouncy House and Farm tours. We will provide light snacks and drinks, and you …
Four Ways to Shift the Dynamic of Sibling Rivalry
Published on: 5/8/2019
By Maneesh Saini, LMFT, Senior Clinician at Parents Place, San Francisco

“It’s my turn to use the computer!” “Mom said I could sit in the front seat!” Sound familiar? It can often feel as though siblings argue about just about everything. While such conflicts can feel exhausting and often overwhelming for parents, these moments can also be opportunities to teach your children …
How to Manage Aggression in Children
Published on: 5/8/2019
You’re sitting relaxing for a few minutes before getting ready to make dinner, and you hear yelling echoing from the back of the house. You tear back there to find your child in what looks like a brawl with a friend. Once separated you proceed to yell back in order to make clear your disapproval. Sound familiar? Parents, teachers, and …
Developmental Milestones: What are they and why is it important?
Published on: 5/8/2019
As parents, we all are so excited to bring our bundles of joy home. It can be challenging at times like knowing which cry means the little one is hungry, tired, or just wants some mommy and daddy attention. We scramble to get our hands on any “parenting book” available and make sure we have scheduled all the pediatrician appointments. …