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.
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>>
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>>
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>>
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>>
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>>
As parents introduce themselves during each session of PEP’s Thriving with Teens Class I lead on Friday mornings, the word “anxiety” is overwhelmingly used when describing the issues they face with their teen. In my work as an independent college counselor working with high schoolers selecting and applying to college, I witness teens’ anxiety play […]... read more>>
In the early years of our marriage, my husband Jason and I used to get stuck frequently in the same frustrating interaction. “We need to talk about our relationship” I would announce to him out of the blue, with urgency and anxiousness in my voice. “I’m feeling disconnected.” How do you imagine he would respond? […]... read more>>
As the details unfold from the events in Las Vegas this past Sunday, parents are undoubtedly struggling with how much to tell their children about the tragedy and how to talk about news they may have heard or read. Here are a few thoughts to guide a parent’s approach to sharing pertinent information, providing comfort and reassurance, and […]... read more>>
Many years ago, my head got stuck between the uprights of a stair railing outside our Silver Spring apartment. A neighbor found me, head on one side, body on the other, calmly considering how to break free. Neighbors joined. They worried I might remain stuck. Something needed to be done. Quickly. As I was three […]... read more>>
Will I get lost? What if my new teacher is mean? Who will I sit with at lunch? Will any of my friends be in my class? As summer draws to a close and the new school year approaches, it is normal for children to feel butterflies in the pit of their stomachs and to […]... read more>>