Welcome to PEPTalk! This blog is all about parenting – including tips, great articles and updates on our class offerings. The conversation is for parents and others who want to  raise healthy, cooperative, thriving children. Raising children to thrive isn’t easy, especially when those children regularly mess up our plans for their success. We learn the art of parenting from each other, and our PEPTalk blog is here to help—with tips, tools, talk and encouragement—as well as updates about PEP’s many educational programs.

Our bloggers are like our class leaders (many of them are class leaders)—parents who have found at PEP support, inspiration and a sensible road map for the journey. They’ll share their unique perspectives and experiences, connected by their deep commitment to helping you be the parent you want to be. We invite you to join the conversation.

  • 05|25

    “Begin with the end in mind.”

    If I had one piece of advice I would give my 32-year-old self when my first child came into this world it would be to begin with the end in mind. Today is the official last day of school – secondary school, that is – for my youngest. It’s also a celebration for me as […]... read more>>

  • 05|17


    It won’t be long now . . . .  What? Wait, Paige, it’s May 9th, “whatchyoutalkinbout Willis?” It’s coming sooner then we think. If we have kids at home we know, remember, can anticipate the joys and sorrows of summer. Luck favors the prepared. Devices: Think, where do they live (tip: in public spaces, not in […]... read more>>

  • 05|08

    So Sad To Say Goodbye

    The transition from home to college (or another learning experience) is a very big change. This will quite likely be the biggest change your teen has ever faced in his or her whole life. Life changes, even wonderful ones, are invariably stressful and each person handles stressful changes differently. For some kids, the stress of […]... read more>>

  • 05|04

    Parenting For The Long Haul

    Ahhh, spring. That wonderful season of renewal, color, and sunshine. It’s also the time of year when hundreds of marathon runners begin their weekly training runs. Long-distance endurance events have exploded in popularity in recent years, with millions of people participating in marathons and other long-distance runs annually. The image of hundreds of marathon runners-in- training struck me […]... read more>>

  • 04|23

    Encouragement: The Superfood of Parenting

    En-cour-age-ment, definition:  the action of giving someone support, confidence, or hope Superfoods are a big trend these days–those elite foods that seem to do everything: provide antioxidants, promote healthier skin, lower blood pressure, improve brain function, etc. Remarkably, there’s a “superfood” in the parenting world too, and it’s called “encouragement.”   It’s the kale-blueberry-salmon-chia seed of […]... read more>>

  • 03|30

    Cherry Blossom Watch

    The Washington cherry blossoms are now expected to reach peak bloom from April 8 – 12. For many DC-area families, it is an annual tradition to travel to the Tidal Basin and view the blossoms. Some families have photographs of their children taken yearly in front of the pink and white trees. There’s something irresistible […]... read more>>

  • 03|29

    Anxiety: Playing a Worry Soundtrack in our Children’s Minds

    Your son doesn’t want to go to basketball practice. Your daughter does not feel comfortable staying at home alone. Your stepdaughter cries in the morning and tries to avoid going to school. What do all of these children have in common? They are all experiencing anxiety. Children who are anxious may feel that there is […]... read more>>

  • 03|29

    Free-Range Parenting Philosophy and Benefits

    Stories of “free-range” parenting have sparked intense debates over the past decade, but the concept is nothing new. Back in 1946, the influential American pediatrician Dr. Benjamin Spock promoted tenets similar to those of the free-range parenting movement in his “Common Sense Book of Baby and Child,” one of the best-selling books of the twentieth […]... read more>>

  • 01|29

    Talking With Kids About Their Report Cards

    With the holidays long past and spring a little too far off, the daily grind of school and homework seems interminable. In Montgomery County, the second marking period has just ended and report cards will arrive in homes soon. The timing provides us with an opportunity to think about how we’ve handled report cards in […]... read more>>

  • 01|12

    Five Myths About Parenting Classes

    MYTH 1: Parenting classes are for parents with big problems. Parenting classes can be great for parents with big challenges and just as great for everyone else. Let’s face it, parenting is a lifelong learning process. As soon as you get one age and stage mastered you move on to the next. Most people start […]... read more>>

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