PEP Blog

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|05

    Social Connection – Is There Really an App for That?

    By Robbye Fox Social connection – the sense of being understood and genuinely belonging within a group – has been identified as a major contributor to a healthy, fulfilling life. It’s a “chicken soup” for our physical and psychological well-being, especially for adolescents who are struggling with who they are and finding their place in the world. With the onslaught of social media apps such as Instagram, Twitter, Snapchat,... read more>>

  • 01|24

    Anger: A Primer

    By Paige Trevor From ages 0 – 32 my go-to emotion was crying.  If I wanted to rally the troops around me and get something done, I would cry and pout.  At 32 with two children under age four,  I was suddenly the adult. In my new found adulthood I realized I couldn’t tearfully call my sister to solve the morning mayhem problem.  No, I had to get two smallies out of the house,... read more>>

  • 01|16

    The Value of Cultivating a “Yes Brain”

    When asked, about raising balanced, resilient, insightful and empathetic kids, Dr. Tina Payne Bryson, author of “The Yes Brain,” shared the following in a recent interview with Katherine Reynolds Lewis. A: I think parents are overwhelmed and taxed. I think one thing that seems fairly common and changeable, is that when kids get reactive or disrespectful or have problematic behavior because they’re dysregulated and have lost balance, parents join them in that reactive state of mind and it just amplifies the distress all around.... read more>>

  • 01|10

    Caring For Yourself Can Be Good For Your Child – Part II

    In last week’s blog, we talked about the importance of taking care of ourselves; how building in time for ourselves can make us feel more centered and less prone to anger. This week we’re circling back to share some specific ideas about self-care. Self-care comes in many forms. When some people hear about self-care, what come to mind are manicures, pedicures and massages. They think they have neither the time nor the money for such luxuries.... read more>>

  • 01|02

    Caring For Yourself Can Be Good For Your Child

    Maria has a massive to-do list that only seems to get longer. She often feels frazzled, and finds herself yelling at family members for reasons that seem unimportant in retrospect. Maria’s friend, Sophie, also feels stretched way beyond comfort. She is tired, annoyed and resentful. John often feels overwhelmed. When not at work, he seems to be on a treadmill of running his kids to sports practices and birthday parties, cleaning the house and maintaining the yard.... read more>>

  • 12|04

    3 Reasons to Say No to Time-Outs

    I smile now, reflecting on my futile attempts to use time out with my headstrong and persistent 3-year-old. I would say, “Time out,” and he would ask, “What is my consequence?” This required me to think on my feet, usually making some lame attempt like no screen time today. He would ponder the proposal and then decide whether it was worth it to him to continue with the behavior in question rather than comply. When he’d up the ante,... read more>>

  • 11|30

    How to Really Influence Your Child’s Academics and Behaviors: Becoming an Approachable Parent

    Over the Thanksgiving weekend I read a Wall Street Journal article, The Right Way for Parents to Question Their Teenagers. With two kids home from college and as someone involved with PEP for 18 years, I was intrigued. The article begins by pointing out how difficult it can be to get teens to open up and goes on to cite the evidence supporting the notion “that maintaining open communication with adolescents is crucial to their mental health and well-being.... read more>>

  • 11|18

    Thanksgiving and the Pursuit of ‘Perfection’

    Thanksgiving is that time of year. It’s when those of us with perfectionist tendencies wrestle with ourselves about how much to do (and not do) in our quest for the perfect holiday. I typically find myself selecting recipes in search of a bountiful Thanksgiving feast, rushing around to buy ingredients, and spending the day in the kitchen cooking the meal by myself. When we eventually sit down at the table, my exhaustion overwhelms the atmosphere of conviviality I was hoping for.... read more>>

  • 11|09

    Making Life More Efficient

    Learn to “automate the predictable” with these tips from author Julie Morgenstern for organizing cooking, laundry and other chores. Watch the 30 second video here.... read more>>

  • 11|02

    Four Ideas from Fall Author Julie Morgenstern

    Check out this formula for finding balance from this fall’s Noted Parenting Author Julie Morgenstern. Watch the video on Facebook by clicking here. Then join us on November 15th when Julie will join us online to talk more about this her recently released book, Time to Parent. You can register at — and if you can’t join us live, don’t worry — we’ll send you the recording!... read more>>

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