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.
Session 2 of PEP I is so much fun. We plan parties, share our birth order in our families of origin, reflect on temperaments and experience parenting styles in action. The class members are getting to know each other; there is conversation and laughter. All is right with the world. We do a lively demonstration of parenting styles where the leader is the “parent” and the participants are the “kids,” who are asked to make things out of clay.... read more>>
What “Can Do” kids can do, accentuating the positive, nonverbal communication, teen relationships and help for winter blahs are the topics that carried us through this week of frosty temps and biting winds. We invite you to curl up with a blanket and a hot drink and read these articles. 31 Things My Sons Should Be Able to Do Before They Move Out PEP’s Can Do Kids Fair is around the corner,... read more>>
Editor’s note: During this winter class session PEP Leader Paige Trevor is writing weekly about her PEP I class, which meets Wednesday mornings at Temple Micah in Northwest DC. This is the second post in this series about the eight-week class. A nice, full class of parents filled Temple Micah’s cozy and book-lined library. It’s a morning class, and for years I’ve been teaching Thursday night classes. There are pros and cons to teaching a morning class.... read more>>
Editor’s note: During this winter class session PEP Leader Paige Trevor is writing weekly about her PEP I class, which meets Wednesday mornings at Temple Micah in Northwest DC. This is the first post in this series about the eight-week class. Class starts in two days. Packets and books are in the car, the class is well enrolled, cookie dough is in the freezer ready to be freshly baked for the first session.... read more>>
This blog entry was first posted at Good Digital Parenting, a project of the Family Online Safety Institute (FOSI) designed to help parents, teachers and teens to connect, share and do good online. In nearly every PEP parenting class, one of the first issues parents raise is setting limits on electronic use. Whether computers, tablets, video games, cell phones or TVs, parents are continually seeking ways to “tame the electronic beast.” Before I jump in to help parents “solve” this problem,... read more>>
Tina Payne Bryson, Ph.D., will talk about parenting and her new book, No-Drama Discipline, next week in Potomac on Thursday, Nov. 13, and in Chevy Chase on Friday, Nov. 14. Answering questions from PEP Parent Educator Katherine Reynolds Lewis for Washington Parent magazine this month, Dr. Bryson made these key points about discipline without drama: Punishment doesn’t teach.... read more>>
As we strive to bring you more written content to support what parents learn in our classes, we’re honored to note that two of the most frequently retweeted articles on our PEPparent twitter feed came from our own Parent Educators, Suzanne Ritter and Emory Luce Baldwin! Setting Limits for Your Kids with Technology What’s your solution when you find your 13-year-old in bed at 10:30 on a weeknight with his smartphone?... read more>>
We recently welcomed to the board of directors Amy Kossoff Smith, of Write Ideas, Inc., and The MomTini Lounge. Amy is a nationally recognized parenting expert, award-winning journalist, public relations entrepreneur and self-described “MS ‘97” (Mom Since 1997). She and her husband, Mitch, are the parents of three boys. Amy has been involved with PEP for many years and recently completed the Thriving with Teens class.... read more>>
You don’t have time to sift through thousands of parenting articles, blog posts, news items and cute pictures every week. Yet you also don’t want to miss information that could really help you through the daily perils and pleasures of life with kids. So, here are a few of the best stories we found this week. Talking to Your Children About Traumatic Events How to discuss Ebola with your children There is no shortage of scary news right now,... read more>>
You don’t have time to sift through thousands of parenting articles, blog posts, news items and cute pictures every week. Yet you also don’t want to miss information that could really help you through the daily perils and pleasures of life with kids. So, here are a few of the best stories we found this week. Parenting as a Gen Xer: We’re the first generation of parents in the age of iEverything “I am very much standing in the middle between my parents and my children when it comes to technology,... read more>>