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  • “But ALL My Friends Get To!” Open Forum Counseling, Friday, April 25, 7:30-9:30 pm

    What’s your reaction when your child makes the “everybody does it” case for whatever it is that s/he wants to do or have? If you’re like the parent I’ve always wanted to be, your mind will remain serenely calm, your shoulders squared and relaxed and you will think: Lovely for them. This is what we do […]

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  • Your Whole Family Breakfast Challenge First of a series, with recipes!

    Editor’s note: Today we welcome guest blogger Kelly Bradley, an integrative licensed physical therapist, certified health coach and nutritional consultant and certified chef. Kelly has been introducing parents and their children to whole, healthy, adventurous foods through her PEP workshops and the Can Do Kids Fair‘s “Good Eats” station, which she has organized for the […]

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  • 8 Practical Ways to Equip Today’s Students for Leadership Guest post by Tim Elmore, founder and president of Growing Leaders

    Generation iY (i.e., students born since 1990) are different from earlier generations in their decision-making skills, communication methods, values and style. So what does that mean for parents? How can we help Generation iY respond well to the needs of the world around them? Let me suggest some practical ideas: 1. Let them be different […]

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  • The Art of the Open-Ended Conversation

    Going down this parenting path with my own two teenagers and being a parent educator, I experience and listen to lots and lots of parenting struggles. Of the many tips and tools I know, one has been jumping out at me lately: the open-ended conversation. I think we parents often are looking for a one-stop […]

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  • Our Kids’ Review of the Can Do Kids Fair

    At the recent Can Do Kids Fair we heard many enthusiastic comments from kids and parents in the halls and collected more from the written evaluations, but at least one parent wrote a detailed review of the fair at Our Kids, a site featuring family activities and resources in the DC metro area. Kathleen Seiler […]

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  • Putting a Stop to Whining Parenting Tips from Activity Rocket

    It’s a noise that all parents hear sooner or later, because all children whine. So says PEP board member Rinny Yourman, and we know she’s right. In her article “How to Put an END to Whining!” for the local parenting site Activity Rocket, Rinny describes the extremely annoying voices with piercing accuracy and then details […]

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  • “Good Eats” at the Can Do Kids Fair Kelly Bradley's Recipe of the Month

    Think your kids wouldn’t go for Root Veggie Stew or collard wraps with lentil spread? Think again. Kids devoured those and other delectable dishes they prepared themselves with the help of teen volunteers at the Can Do Kids Fair last Saturday. Kelly Bradley created the recipes and coordinated the “Good Eats” station at the fair, […]

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  • Preparing Kids to “Spring Forward” Daylight Saving Time transition tips

    Of the two time changes each year, the “fall back” one is definitely easier. Who could complain about an extra hour of sleep? Spring is a different matter. Just when high-school kids can finally board the school bus after dawn, and while it still gets dark by the time younger children go to bed, now […]

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  • Kitchen Wisdom: How My Kids Stopped Whining and Started Making Lunch

    Recently I wrote an article for Washington Parent about what a great place the kitchen is for parents—you can give your kids high-quality, positive attention and they get to experience the pride of accomplishment and contributing to the family, all while learning to build a salad or scramble an egg. I wrote about this because […]

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  • Logical Consequences Aren’t Mean–They’re Meaningful (Part 2) Crafting a Logical Consequence

    Logical Consequences didn’t come easily to me (see Part 1), but by copying examples from my PEP class leaders I was getting some encouraging results and feeling more confident—less like a Monster Mommy and more like a Sane, Calm Mommy. But I still yearned to craft a Logical Consequence of my very own. Luckily, my […]

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  • Logical Consequences Aren’t Mean—They’re Meaningful (Part 1)

    I sometimes hear about the terrible struggles parents have with logical consequences. They usually ask something along the lines of: “What is THE right logical consequence for this particular bit of naughtiness I’m staring at this moment, and how soon can I make it work?!” These questions always take me back to the days when […]

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  • When should you give a parent advice?

    As soon as we find better ways to deal with our children’s behavior and notice that positive parenting solutions really work, we want to share them with others, especially with friends and relatives who are clearly doing it . . . um, wrong. But should you intervene and give advice to a parent whose child […]

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  • Parents Talk Parenting

    We’re excited to introduce our new website and this blog! You probably have at least one child in your life who is very dear to you. You’re a parent—or you might be a stepparent, grandparent, teacher, childcare provider, or any combination of those. You might know PEP already—maybe you’ve taken a class or workshop with […]

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