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Homework Becomes a Breeze with Guidance from Cynthia Klein

Posted by on Sep 27, 2016 in Parenting Effective Discipline | 0 comments

Homework Becomes a Breeze with Guidance from Cynthia Klein

It was a pleasure working with Cynthia over the last three months. She understood what we were going through with our kids and was able to provide us with solutions to overcome many of the day to day  obstacles that were causing a disconnect between us and our kids.  No matter your current parenting style, she is nonjudgmental in her approach, and was very supportive during the process even when we were making mistakes. To truly reap the benefits of her training it requires a change in thinking and a shift from the traditional parenting...

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Making Friends With Yourself Teen Group

Posted by on Sep 14, 2016 in Organizations Information | 0 comments

Making Friends With Yourself Teen Group

Making Friends with Yourself Teen Group Reduce anxiety, depression, stress and negative mood with mindfulness and self-compassion skills for teens. Adolescence is a time of change, growth and, all too often, struggle. Making Friends with Yourself is an eight-week program designed to help teens cope more effectively with the challenges of their day-to day life. Making Friends with Yourself combines the benefits of mindfulness and self-compassion. Mindfulness teaches us to be present with difficult emotions, while self-compassion helps us to...

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How to Raise an Adult – Stanford Speaker in Redwood City Sept. 8, 2016

Posted by on Sep 2, 2016 in Organizations Information | 0 comments

How to Raise an Adult – Stanford Speaker in Redwood City Sept. 8, 2016

Redwood City Speaker Series This is one event in a multiyear speaker series that is part of a continuing relationship between Redwood City, California, and Stanford GSB Executive Education.  Upcoming Events Julie Lythcott-Haims: How to Raise an Adult Book signing to take place after the author’s talk. Books will be available for purchase at the event. Date September 8, 2016 Time 5:30 – 7:00pm Doors open at 5:00 and seating is on a first-come, first-served basis. Cost Free and open to the community Location Fox Theatre 2215 Broadway St....

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Private Elementary School Fair

Posted by on Aug 31, 2016 in Parenting Effective Discipline | 0 comments

Private Elementary School Fair

This Elementary School Fair is sponsored and located at Parents Place in Palo Alto Please join us for this unique Peninsula event that connects families with more than 30 private and independent elementary schools in one evening. You can speak informally with school representatives, gather information, and search for  the right fit for your child and family. Children are welcome to attend. Attendees will receive a catalog with contact information and enrollment details for school. When you select the registration button below, you will see...

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Top Ten Back-to-School Tips from Challenge Success

Posted by on Aug 30, 2016 in Organizations Information | 0 comments

Top Ten Back-to-School Tips from Challenge Success

Top Ten Back-to-School Tips to Help your Child Thrive in School This Year 1.  Ask your child: “How was your day? Learn anything interesting? Get to spend time with friends?” instead of “How did you do on the math test?” 2.  Resist the urge to correct the errors in your child’s homework. It’s your child’s work, not yours. 3.  Work done with integrity is more important than an A. Pressure to achieve only high grades can make students resort to cheating. 4.  Make time for PDF:  playtime, downtime, family time....

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5 Tips for Keeping Connection in Your Marriage

Posted by on Aug 25, 2016 in Guest articles | 0 comments

5 Tips for Keeping Connection in Your Marriage

Guest article from Joann Riggio, MFT I am a Marriage and Family Therapist with a private practice in San Mateo, specializing in Couples Therapy.   A common challenge I see couples experiencing is feeling disconnected from their partner.  Couples are trying to manage work, finances, family, and relationships.  These demands can be exhausting and it may feel like it’s impossible to stay connected. With helpful hints about building and maintaining healthy habits, you can have a closer bond.  You may feel like you don’t have time to...

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Tips For Success in Designing a Child’s Plan for Change – Example Homework

Posted by on Aug 25, 2016 in Parenting Effective Discipline | 0 comments

Tips For Success in Designing a Child’s Plan for Change – Example Homework

Help your child own the plan – Involve your child as much as possible in designing the plan. This gives her thinking brain a chance to grow and to feel powerful over her life. Listen to her ideas and use them as much as possible. Develop a plan that works for your child, not you – What works for you may not work for your child. Because of this, I encourage you to discard your beliefs of what you think should be done. Giving your advice will be a major communication block to your child’s ability to think of their own ideas and take ownership...

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Getting Kids Up in the Morning Can Be Pleasant

Posted by on Aug 23, 2016 in Parenting Effective Discipline | 0 comments

Getting Kids Up in the Morning Can Be Pleasant

Here is a story from a dad, whom I worked with, who struggled with getting his 8 year-old daughter up in the morning. I have struggled like many dads with getting my 8 year-old daughter up and to school on time. I took a parenting class and private coaching with Cynthia and started making morning changes that has reduced my stress and improved my outlook in the morning. Before my new parenting skills, I would start out being kind and gentle with my daughter and then end up getting upset and constantly reminding her to get ready. It would...

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Finding Solutions with Your Kids Using the Collaborator Parenting Role

Posted by on Jul 22, 2016 in Cynthia's Book Excerpts, Parenting with Emotional Intelligence | 0 comments

Finding Solutions with Your Kids Using the Collaborator Parenting Role

Finding solutions can be challenging. Maybe you don’t know how to start the process, or your children won’t respond, or even if you do develop a plan, their enthusiasm wanes quickly, and you’re left feeling discouraged. You can successfully solve problems together when you pick a challenge or request that both of you have an invested interest in solving and follow my 5 Step Joint Problem Solving Process.  Challenge examples are:  getting out of the house on time, completing homework, or planning a vacation. Realize that your joint plan can be...

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How to Set Your Family’s Electronics Use Guidelines

Posted by on Jul 21, 2016 in Parenting Effective Discipline | 0 comments

How to Set Your Family’s Electronics Use Guidelines

The first step in creating your family’s electronics use guidelines is to start a family discussion about your family’s current electronics use. This discussion should include children talking about parents’ use of electronics as well as parents talking about children’s. The purpose of the discussion and resulting guidelines is to create greater family harmony, cooperation, and unity. Your children need to learn that each person’s actions impact the other family members. No one exists in a vacuum. Before beginning this sensitive...

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