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.

  • 09|29

    Why Won’t My Husband Attend a PEP Class?

    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>>

  • 09|22

    Tips for Managing Back-to-School Stress

    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>>

  • 06|27

    Parenting Matters

    School is almost over and you are bound to have some vacation plans this summer. Whether it is for day trips here and there or a week long jaunt, planning, packing, and corralling the troops and the stuff can feel like the actual “vacation” is more work than it’s worth. If you’re feeling burdened, you […]... read more>>

  • 04|28

    “13 Reasons Why”: Why You Should Watch

    This week, it seemed as though I couldn’t turn on the TV or open my email without seeing some reference to the controversial Netflix Series 13 Reasons Why. I had just finished watching the series recently at the suggestion of my 20 and 23 year-old daughters, who know I work with parents of teenagers through my […]... read more>>

  • 03|28

    Fresh Eyes

    Have you ever suddenly seen someone from a different perspective and appreciated them in a totally new way? One of my favorite songs out right now is Andy Grammer’s Fresh Eyes. The first take on the song is that he is talking about his romantic partner. He sings:   So suddenly I’m in love with a stranger […]... read more>>

  • 12|06

    How much Screen Time is Just Right for an Online Student?

    How much Screen Time is Just Right for an Online Student? Is too much screen time a concern for online students? We live in an age of amazing technological breakthroughs. Your mobile phone could probably replace a half-dozen devices around your home – if it hasn’t already. This does mean, however, that you spend a […]... read more>>

  • 11|09

    A Post Election Message From PEP

    Editor’s Note:  The following is not a political statement in any way. Regardless of your feelings about the election’s outcome, this is a moment when in our parenting and in our relationships with others, we can draw on the wisdom of PEP’s teachings. Today, we seek to move forward after a very contentious and divisive election.  […]... read more>>

  • 07|18

    The Problem With Anger

    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>>

  • 03|15

    Kids Talk About the Can Do Kids Fair

    “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>>

  • 03|01

    “Because I’m Me!”

    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>>

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