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.
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>>
You won’t have to search far to find back-to-school articles this week. So, we’ll give you a break: only two of this week’s Tweets are about the S-topic. The others will give you information on teens and video games; books to help kids when their parents separate; and interactive picture books for young children. I […]... read more>>
We asked five of PEP’s parent educators for their favorite back-to-school tips. Their answers show a variety of parenting tools in action, including emphasizing the process of learning; looking for tasks and responsibilities to turn over to growing children; having fun with kids and letting natural consequences do the work; involving the kids in creating routines for the new year; and preparing ourselves to […]... read more>>
August really isn’t the hottest month; that one (July), thankfully, is past. The final month of summer is a good time to take a day trip, get some perspective on the brains and behavior of toddlers and teens, plan for those school lunches coming up and consider some really effective ways to motivate your children when […]... read more>>
As August begins, we round the bend of summer and look ahead to fall. There’s still another month of “vacation” (which might be getting old, by now) and maybe a family trip on the calendar, but parents’ thoughts are also turning toward the new school year — earlier and oftener than in bygone days, as one of […]... read more>>
This “Ask Emory” column was first posted at The Takoma/Silver Spring Voice. Dear Emory, It’s summer, my kids (8 and 12 years old) are out of school, and I feel like I’m now their recreation director as well as the chief cook, chauffeur, and popsicle dispenser. For a few hours a day, the kids have camp. […]... read more>>