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.

  • 08|14

    Tweets of the Week

    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>>

  • 08|12

    Back to School with the PEP Model

    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>>

  • 08|07

    Tweets of the Week

    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>>

  • 07|31

    Tweets of the Week

    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>>

  • 07|23

    Yes, Your Kids Can Have Fun On Their Own

    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>>

  • 07|22

    5 Ways Being Organized Makes Parenting Easier

    First posted at Balancing Act, LLC. Being organized is something we agree we should do, promise ourselves we’ll start doing each and every December 31st (or next Monday, or when school starts, or when the stars align, or when the pigs are flying). But why? Why be organized? If we dig deep and think about […]... read more>>

  • 07|17

    Tweets of the Week

    This week’s parenting news brings tips for talking with children about emotions; a long-term study showing why that’s a good idea; cool playgrounds; creative things to make and do; and an article to spark a discussion with your teen about sleep. Four Lessons from “Inside Out” to Discuss with Kids Have you seen Inside Out yet? […]... read more>>

  • 07|15

    The Consequences of Consequences

    “What If Everything You Knew About Disciplining Kids Was Wrong?” is the title of an article by journalist and PEP parent educator Katherine Reynolds Lewis, in the July/August issue of Mother Jones magazine. In it, we hear the stories of schools and juvenile justice facilities that have implemented “a new approach” to discipline—one that replaces […]... read more>>

  • 07|10

    Tweets of the Week

    Whether you’re at home, at the beach or elsewhere, July is a good time for activities with your children that tend to get crowded out during the school year. Here are a few good suggestions. Parents can build in ‘special time’ with kids this summer This article in USA Today sets the bar high. To parents who “often […]... read more>>

  • 06|19

    Tweets of the Week

    Summer parenting gear includes lists of good children’s books and movies; some fun, fatherly blogs to check out, and advice for parents of middle-school graduates. The secrets I still want my teen to learn When a child goes from middle school to high school, parents need to be thinking in terms of raising an adult. That […]... read more>>

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