Welcome! This is a conversation among parents and others who are doing their best 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 PEP’s 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.
The Problem With Anger ‘The killer at the Orlando nightclub, Omar Mateen was an angry man. As a boy, he was disruptive, abusive and rude in school. He was frequently bullied for being overweight and awkward. He was suspended from three different high schools for fighting. It seems that as he grew older he channeled […]... read more>>
“It was fun because I could use a real vacuum!” —Theo, 7 At the 15th annual Can Do Kids Fair last Saturday afternoon, nearly 200 children aged 3–11 walked with their parents the three floors of PEP’s building, stopping to try their hand at roughly 20 activity stations grouped by themes including Carpentry, Bike Maintenance, People Skills, Good Eats, […]... read more>>
Last week the PEP community lost a close friend and longtime class leader, with the death of Steven J. Stein on February 25. A psychotherapist helping individuals, couples and families for more than 30 years, Steve was also a leader in several Adlerian professional organizations and a frequent presenter at national conferences. At PEP, he […]... read more>>
When you arrive at PEP on Saturday afternoon, March 12, you will enter a building transformed. Instead of the usual, quiet classrooms on the middle and upper floors, you’ll find all three levels filled with light, color and bustling activity. You’ll be greeted at the door by someone with a big smile and maybe in costume, […]... read more>>
Valentine’s Day has come and gone, and chances are you’re happy to be done with the heart crafts, “Be Mine” candies and pink cupcakes. But there’s one aspect of V-Day that deserves extended time, and there’s an organization to help. Today is Day 3 of Random Acts of Kindness Week, Feb. 14-20. Sponsored each year by the […]... read more>>
Two stories caught my attention this week, inspiring reflection on a question never far from my mind: “Why are we doing all this parenting? What sorts of people are we hoping to raise?” One is a New York Times Op-Ed piece by Adam Grant, How to Raise a Creative Child. Grant starts off with enticing images […]... read more>>
The blizzard that buried an entire week might have seemed like a perfect storm of patience-destroying events — up to ten consecutive days with the kids at home, plus all the shoveling and re-shoveling, not to mention the drifts of wet clothes and boots in the house. Still, at PEP we like to look for the positive side of every situation, […]... read more>>
Did you know that PEP is on Pinterest? And that the PEP in the Press board has dozens of articles by PEP Parent Educators? Pins include Emory Luce Baldwin’s advice in the Takoma Park–Silver Spring Voice, Katherine Reynolds Lewis’s articles for Fortune and USA Today, Meghan Leahy’s “On Parenting” columns in The Washington Post and […]... read more>>
Chances are, we’re all going to spend a lot of time indoors this weekend. Here are some easy and creative indoor activities for kids; a video to help teens learn to face the uncomfortable; and positive parenting tips to keep us on track through the snowbound hours. When Children Say ‘I Can’t,’ but They Can, […]... read more>>
ABC News interviewed Meghan Leahy on Wednesday about advice for parents on easing the back-to-school transition for children. A professional parent coach, Meghan writes the “On Parenting” column in Local Living section of The Washington Post every Thursday. She also is a PEP class leader, and her tips in the interview include one for training […]... read more>>