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Parenting Classes

The classes at Parents Place are small with no more than 12 parents to allow for discussion. The talks at other locations are larger with less personal interaction.

Parents Place in San Mateo, Palo Alto,  and San Francisco offer a variety of classes about children of all ages. Visit their website to learn more.

Mothers and Daughters: Connecting and Letting Go (Elementary/Middle School Aged)

Thursday, Dec. 14, 6:30 – 8:30 pm
Palo Alto Parents Place, $30 – $45

Learn why the treasured relationship of mothers and daughters is also the most challenging. Explore how to keep the doors of communication open so your daughter allows you to support and influence her as she makes important life choices.



Parenting the Positive Discipline Way (Preschool/Elementary)

4 Thursdays: Jan. 11, 18, 25, Feb. 1, 6:30pm – 8:30pm
San Mateo Parents Place, $130 – $180

Based on Jane Nelsen’s Positive Discipline books and interactive activities, discover how better to understand your child’s behavior; discipline with connection, love, and respect; and find common-sense solutions to everyday challenges.



Discipline 101 – Power of the Positive (Preschool/Elementary)

Wednesday, Jan. 24, 6:30 – 8:30pm
Palo Alto Parents Place, $30 – $45

During this workshop, you will learn how to use positive discipline to teach your children inner control, nurture their strengths, motivate them to cooperate, and build their self-esteem.


Finding the Middle Ground with Your Teenager – How to Have Effective Collaborative Discussions

Wednesday, Jan. 31, 6:30 – 8:00 pm
Mercy High School – Burlingame
Open to the public, Free

Wouldn’t you love to approach your teen so that both of you feel heard and can find a solution together? When you learn the Collaborative Problem-Solving Process, you’ll understand how to connect so your teen will both listen to you and share their own ideas. The skills you learn in this workshop can be applied to all relationships with family, friends, and at work.



Effective and Joyful Discipline with Your Strong-Willed Child (Elementary/Middle School)

2 Thursdays, Feb. 8 and 15, 6:30 – 8:30 pm
San Mateo Parents Place, $60 – $90

Strong-willed children want to cooperate, yet they need to be approached differently than easygoing children. Rather than ending up in power struggles, break this cycle and learn how to win cooperation effectively. You can bring out the best in yourself and your children.



Stop Struggling – Turn Conflict Into Cooperation

2 Wednesdays, Feb. 28 and March 7, 6:30 – 8:30 pm
Palo Alto Parents Place, $60 – $100

This workshop, based on Cynthia Klein’s new book Ally Parenting, will teach you how to pick the most effective parenting strategy for each parent-child conflict. Once you have the right solution, then voila! You’ll know exactly what to do and improved cooperation is only a few actions away.

The fee includes the purchase of Cynthia’s book at a 50% discount