Provided by the Redwood City Mothers Club
This page provides links to resources available to us in the Bay Area and online. Don’t forget to check the City of Redwood City’s Family Resources site for a comprehensive list of local resources for parents.
Other helpful local sites:
- Lucille Packard Children’s Hospital
- The Edgewood Center for Children and Families has been providing assistance for children at risk since 1851.
- Parents Place of Palo Alto and San Mateo has parenting classes and drop-in consultations.
It’s undeniably the best thing you can do for your baby, but it can be hard to figure out at first and sometimes it’s just not possible. Help is at hand whatever your situation:
Post Partum Depression (PPD)
There are multiple sources of information and services available to sufferers of Post Partum Depression (PPD). Here are a few:
- The On-Line PPD Support Group at http://www.postpartum.net/
- Silicon Valley Post Partum Mood Disorder (SVPPMD) Yahoo Group at http://health.groups.yahoo.com/group/svppmd/?yguid=113235774
- Mayo Clinic Informational Page
- Mills-Peninsula Hospital Resource Page http://www.mills-peninsula.org/birthcenter/resources.html
- Postpartum Health Alliance of Northern California: 1-888-773-7090
- Crisis Intervention & Suicide Prevention: A 24-hour phone service for people seeking help in dealing with a crisis.
Belmont through Palo Alto
San Mateo through Daly City
There’s never an end to the things to worry about when it comes to your child’s safety. But, luckily, there are also many solutions and helpful organizations available to help us out with recall information, car seats, baby-proofing and other vital information:
This handout is published with permission from Parents Place of Palo Alto and San Mateo:
10 Discipline Techniques
- Use distraction to get your child’s attention away from inappropriate behaviors.
- Make sure you make a “connection” with the child through eye contact etc. to make your directions more effective.
- Physically move your child when he is misbehaving, especially if he did not respond to your verbal directions.
- Use extinction to remove attention from undesirable actions. As long as your child can’t hurt himself, you can walk away and not give him attention or an audience for acting inappropriately, especially if he is having a temper tantrum. Giving too much attention to the child when he misbehaves could reinforce the behavior.
- Use natural and logical consequences.
- Use time-out as a time to promote the child to “cool out” and re-group. Time outs that demean the child will not help behavior.
- Withholding privileges is a very effective discipline technique, especially with children 5 and older.
- Take a few minutes to calm a child before you try to get the child to understand the lesson of “right and wrong”.
- Try to predict when behavior may turn inappropriate and redirect before anything negative occurs.
- Talk to children privately about their inappropriate behavior and keep an even tone in your voice.
There are hundreds, if not thousands, of web sites devoted to babies and parenting. Just to get you started, here are a few suggestions:
- Bay Area MomsLikeMe.com – A site created for moms, by moms, full of discussions, tips, advice on all things mom-related — from teething issues to finding cheap local events
- Babycenter.Com – track your pregnancy and child’s development progress with weekly updates on development milestones and advice on what you may be facing at this time in your and your child’s life
- The Pregnancy Zone – Learn about your pregnancy week-by-week.
A few useful local publications are Bay Area Parent, Bay Area Baby (http://sanfrancisco.parenthood.com/), and Parenting on the Peninsula (http://www.ponthep.com) which are available free in most child-oriented businesses and the libraries.
Please note: suggested resources are only recommendations and not endorsements by the Redwood City Mothers Club.