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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.

  • 02|21

    Encouragement, The Cornerstone of “Good” Parenting

    A cornerstone, and often overlooked, part of parenting is the simple (but not easy) task of encouragement. I can never remind parents enough to encourage their kids and encourage themselves. Often we spend so much time trying to get them to stop doing things that we forget all about the art of noticing and appreciating all that our kids (and WE) do well.... read more>>

  • 02|13

    In Anxious Times, What Can Change?

    When we are parenting in an anxious time, whether it be anxiety due to our personal problems, our kid’s problems, our work problems, problems in the community or even world problems, we can become debilitated by stress and worry. Sometimes we soothe ourselves with sugar, or booze, or the internet, or over-talking, or over-sleeping. And don’t get me wrong, little doses of all of the above are excellent and can be a form of self-care,... read more>>

  • 02|06

    What Parents Can Do About Sibling Fights

    “Get outta my room!” (cue door slam), screamed 12-year-old Lily to her brother. “No!! I want my earbuds back! NOW!” Jacob responded while pounding both fists on the door so hard that the floor quivered. When Lily finally opened the door, she whipped the earbuds at her 10-year-old brother, hitting him in the eye. “Moooommm!” Fighting is a natural and normal part of family life. But, for some parents, there is a nagging concern that their children will never get along and will hate each other for life.... read more>>

  • 01|31

    6 Steps to Better Cooperation

    Hoping for less stress in 2020? Here are some New Year’s resolutions to add to your list: Inspire your family to work together and share the load of household responsibilities Respect and support other family members’ solutions to shared problems See children as capable partners and use collaboration instead of exasperation to get things done. Who doesn’t want more help around the house?... read more>>

  • 01|24

    What Gets Noticed vs. What We Should Notice

    Whether it’s societal pressure (thanks social media) or a family history of well-intended values, we tend to place a great deal of emphasis on outcomes and less value on effort. The outcomes, whether it’s making the honor roll  or a litany of college acceptances, convey a sense of status or prestige. What if we focused more on noticing effort? Kids might feel more comfortable with making mistakes and accept that the journey is more important than the achievement.... read more>>

  • 01|16

    What Dads and Kids Wish Moms Knew

    Parenting is hard. A friend of mine says unless it’s extremely challenging, you’re probably not doing it right. And that brings me to a recent morning when I wasn’t sure if I was doing it right. Cue flashback music. It’s 7:59 a.m. and I’m sitting in the car getting anxious. Our kids agreed to be here and ready to go by 8:00, but there’s no sign of them. In one minute, we’ll be late for school,... read more>>

  • 01|07

    Navigating the Inevitable: Parenting Potholes

    “There’s A Hole In My Sidewalk: Autobiography In Five Short Chapters” by Portia Nelson Chapter I I walk down the street. There is a deep hole in the sidewalk I fall in. I am lost … I am helpless. It isn’t my fault. It takes forever to find a way out. Chapter II I walk down the same street.... read more>>

  • 01|01

    If We Don’t Look Back, How Do We Move Forward?

    For many of us, the New Year is often coupled with resolutions — ideas about how we can improve ourselves, our families, our health, or even our professional life. Rather than focusing on how we could create a “new and improved self,” our time may be better spent reflecting back on the year, because, “if we don’t look back, how do we move forward?”  Author Daniel Pink recently shared a blog post from Fast Company,... read more>>

  • 12|17

    Lifelong Strategies for Dealing With Tantrums and Other Meltdowns

    There is nothing more uncomfortable than a meltdown or tantrum for parents and children alike; nothing more socially awkward than one that takes place in public. If you’re parenting a young child, the holiday season is an excellent time to review strategies for managing the inevitable. Tantrums most often occur with children under age 4 and are a normal part of child development. They’re often an expression of frustration when a child doesn’t yet have the verbal skills to express his or her needs and feelings.... read more>>

  • 12|10

    Curbing Holiday Stress With Your Family

    With the hustle and bustle of the holiday season well underway, it’s not unusual for parents and kids alike to feel stressed. Parents are tired of the prepping and schlepping, kids may be ready for a break from the routine of homework and school, and everyone is keeping a busier-than usual social schedule. Despite what you see on your Facebook or Instagram feed, all families feel stress. Remember, social media posts are the highlight reel;... read more>>

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