Everybody knows that having a kid changes your life, for better and for worse. With the help of Parents Place, moms and dads can make sure that it's more better than worse. Founded in 1975 by Jewish Family and Children's Services of San Francisco, the program is based on the philosophy that parenting is a skill that can be learned and perfected over time. Practical issues get covered in workshops like “Mastering Motherhood” and “How to Find a Nanny,” plus lectures on topics such as raising “spirited” children and talking to kids about war. Meanwhile, play groups and story hours help families bond in a group setting. Whether you're looking to start a family or already have one, Parents Place can help you every step of the way.