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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|20

    Tweets of the Week

    Too cold to go out and play ball? Chop the wood and stoke the fire for these long winter chats! Brian Williams Suspended; Jon Stewart to Exit The Daily Show Recently NBC Nightly News Anchor Brian Williams was suspended after having reported a false story. This announcement was quickly followed by the news that Jon Stewart will be stepping down from The Daily Show. Topical news stories such as these create a welcome opportunity for discussions about values such as ethics and trust.... read more>>

  • 02|18

    Get Your Kids to Help Around the House with Technology

    This blog entry was first posted at Good Digital Parenting, a project of the Family Online Safety Institute (FOSI) designed to help parents, teachers and kids to connect, share and do good online. Seeing how addicted children and teens can become to their smartphone, tablet, laptop and video games, it’s hard for parents to not be concerned. The Internet can be a perfect escape route for a teen who perceives a lack of valued relationships with peers,... read more>>

  • 02|16

    New Light on “Courage”

    The third session of PEP I: Parenting 5 to 12 Year Olds is entirely devoted to the art of encouragement. We learn that encouragement is low-key, best done one-on-one, notices improvement, works with strengths (as opposed to against weaknesses) and is most successful when given liberally to both our kids and ourselves. Encouragement is not judgmental, critical, sarcastic, blaming, loud or effusive. Encouragement does not dismiss or deny feelings,... read more>>

  • 02|13

    Tweets of the Week

    100 Parenting Experts to Follow What better way to begin a holiday weekend than with this shout out from Dr. Lynne Kenney (@DrLynneKenney)! We’re honored to be included in this list of 100 Parenting Experts to Follow on Twitter, along with Alyson Schafer, Michele Borba, Amy McCready, Dr. Laura Markham and PEP Noted Author (2013) Rosalind Wiseman. If you’re not already following us on Twitter you can find us @PEPparent.... read more>>

  • 02|09

    To Change the Walk, Start with the Talk

    Session 2 of PEP I is so much fun. We plan parties, share our birth order in our families of origin, reflect on temperaments and experience parenting styles in action. The class members are getting to know each other; there is conversation and laughter. All is right with the world. We do a lively demonstration of parenting styles where the leader is the “parent” and the participants are the “kids,” who are asked to make things out of clay.... read more>>

  • 02|06

    Tweets of the Week

    What “Can Do” kids can do, accentuating the positive, nonverbal communication, teen relationships and help for winter blahs are the topics that carried us through this week of frosty temps and biting winds. We invite you to curl up with a blanket and a hot drink and read these articles. 31 Things My Sons Should Be Able to Do Before They Move Out PEP’s Can Do Kids Fair is around the corner,... read more>>

  • 02|02

    It’s the Only Game in Town

    Editor’s note: During this winter class session PEP Leader Paige Trevor is writing weekly about her PEP I class, which meets Wednesday mornings at Temple Micah in Northwest DC. This is the second post in this series about the eight-week class. A nice, full class of parents filled Temple Micah’s cozy and book-lined library. It’s a morning class, and for years I’ve been teaching Thursday night classes. There are pros and cons to teaching a morning class.... read more>>

  • 01|27

    PEP I: Planning, Preparing, Procrastinating

    Editor’s note: During this winter class session PEP Leader Paige Trevor is writing weekly about her PEP I class, which meets Wednesday mornings at Temple Micah in Northwest DC. This is the first post in this series about the eight-week class. Class starts in two days. Packets and books are in the car, the class is well enrolled, cookie dough is in the freezer ready to be freshly baked for the first session.... read more>>

  • 11|26

    Positive Online Parenting Strategies

    This blog entry was first posted at Good Digital Parenting, a project of the Family Online Safety Institute (FOSI) designed to help parents, teachers and teens to connect, share and do good online. In nearly every PEP parenting class, one of the first issues parents raise is setting limits on electronic use. Whether computers, tablets, video games, cell phones or TVs, parents are continually seeking ways to “tame the electronic beast.” Before I jump in to help parents “solve” this problem,... read more>>

  • 11|05

    Discipline: What Works, What Doesn’t, and Why

    Tina Payne Bryson, Ph.D., will talk about parenting and her new book, No-Drama Discipline, next week in Potomac on Thursday, Nov. 13, and in Chevy Chase on Friday, Nov. 14. Answering questions from PEP Parent Educator Katherine Reynolds Lewis for Washington Parent magazine this month, Dr. Bryson made these key points about discipline without drama: Punishment doesn’t teach.... read more>>

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