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Your Child Faces Challenges: What’s Your Journey? [video]

Do you have a child with a learning a disability or inattention challenges? Hear from parents who have “been there, done that.” This parent panel of strong child advocates share their story of how they worked long and hard to get their children with learning disabilities or inattention (ADHD) ready for college and beyond. Read more ›

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Resources for Explaining Tragedies to Your Children

tragicevent06At CHC, we understand how challenging it is to quell the anxiety and fear that may affect your children in the aftermath of a shooting or similar traumatic event. Read more ›

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Fighting in Front of Children

Fighting, as opposed to disagreeing respectfully, indicates hostility, which in most cases is unproductive for resolving a disagreement and is stressful for kids to observe. Regardless of whether your argument included swearing or name-calling, kids pick up on nonverbal cues such as body language and tone of voice. They can tell when their parents are fighting. Read more ›

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Healthy Speech & Language Development

Should you worry if your 2 and 1/2 year old isn’t talking?  At this age, what’s typical is broadly defined. It’s important to keep track of your child’s milestones and seek professional guidance, if appropriate, to make sure delayed speech isn’t a sign of a more serious problem. Read more ›

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ADHD Treatment Beyond Medication

Written by Vivien Keil, PhD, Neuropsychologist and Clinical Director

https://www.chconline.org/resourcelibrary/wp-content/uploads/2012/04/Adhdmedication202.jpgThis question came in response to “Does He Need ADHD Medication?”

A good plan will vary based on the biggest challenges your child is facing. But even the best plan will only be as effective as its implementation. Read more ›

Does He Need ADHD Medication?

Written by Glen Elliott, PhD, MD
Chief Psychiatrist and Medical Director

My son was recently diagnosed with Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD). He’s seven-years-old and often has trouble focusing in class. It seems like he’s getting in trouble every day, either for being disruptive or for distracting the other kids. Read more ›

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Tantrums & Giving In

tantrumQ: I know I give in too easily, but I want to avoid tantrums and meltdowns. Any advice?
A: Make a plan in advance to avert the stress of meltdowns.
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At-Home Strategies to Teach Your Struggling Student

homework blackboard-928381_1280Your daughter has a large report due next week. She’s distressed and doesn’t know where to begin. You know that she chronically procrastinates. Your son shows you a low score on his multiplication test. He’s discouraged and doesn’t want to study. You don’t want your children to flounder, but how do you help them without taking over their schoolwork? Start by teaching kids strategies that they may not have learned in school. Read more ›

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Say What You Mean and Mean What You Say

defiant childYou’re standing at the grocery checkout counter, and your son asks for the M&Ms. You say, “No.” He asks again a little louder and you say, “No.” He starts whining. You repeat, “No.” He starts pulling on your sleeve and screaming at the top of his lungs. Everyone is looking at you.

“Okay, just this once,” you relent, and throw the bag of M&Ms onto the checkout counter. You’re relieved that the embarrassment has stopped, but what have you taught him in the long run? Read more ›

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Managing Holiday Stress

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Grandma lovingly says, “Just let her have a cookie!” Uncle Ted disapprovingly says, “You need to let him do things; you’re smothering him.” Aunt Rosa wonders why the kids are allowed to stay up so late, when “everyone” knows children need ten hours of sleep.

Getting together with relatives can be exciting and yet traveling, preparation and criticism about your parenting can cause stress. You and your kids might look forward to a break from homework and schedules, but the loss of routine can also be disruptive.

Taking care of yourself and managing holiday stress can be the biggest gift you give your family. Read more ›

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