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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.

  • 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>>

  • 10|24

    Tweets of the Week

    As we strive to bring you more written content to support what parents learn in our classes, we’re honored to note that two of the most frequently retweeted articles on our PEPparent twitter feed came from our own Parent Educators, Suzanne Ritter and Emory Luce Baldwin! Setting Limits for Your Kids with Technology What’s your solution when you find your 13-year-old in bed at 10:30 on a weeknight with his smartphone?... read more>>

  • 10|22

    PEP Welcomes New Board Member

    We recently welcomed to the board of directors Amy Kossoff Smith, of Write Ideas, Inc., and The MomTini Lounge. Amy is a nationally recognized parenting expert, award-winning journalist, public relations entrepreneur and self-described “MS ‘97” (Mom Since 1997). She and her husband, Mitch, are the parents of three boys. Amy has been involved with PEP for many years and recently completed the Thriving with Teens class.... read more>>

  • 10|17

    Tweets of the Week

    You don’t have time to sift through thousands of parenting articles, blog posts, news items and cute pictures every week. Yet you also don’t want to miss information that could really help you through the daily perils and pleasures of life with kids. So, here are a few of the best stories we found this week. Talking to Your Children About Traumatic Events How to discuss Ebola with your children There is no shortage of scary news right now,... read more>>

  • 10|03

    Tweets of the Week

    You don’t have time to sift through thousands of parenting articles, blog posts, news items and cute pictures every week. Yet you also don’t want to miss information that could really help you through the daily perils and pleasures of life with kids. So, here are a few of the best stories we found this week. Parenting as a Gen Xer: We’re the first generation of parents in the age of iEverything “I am very much standing in the middle between my parents and my children when it comes to technology,... read more>>

  • 09|22

    Roots of Responsibility

    If you’re the parent of a school-age child, you probably celebrated the “new year” a few weeks ago, with high hopes and expectations and maybe some trepidation, too, especially if past years have been rough. You might have decided that this is will be the year for teaching the kids to take responsibility. With the slate freshly cleaned and motivation high, many parents were eager to set goals and establish routines, all for the purpose of building the track well so that our kids will stay on it.... read more>>

  • 09|08

    Taming the Electronic Monster

    This blog entry was first posted at A Platform for Good, a project of the Family Online Safety Institute (FOSI) designed to help parents, teachers and teens to connect, share and do good online. A dad tells me that his son is addicted to Minecraft, a well-known video game. A mother says that her daughter has a tantrum whenever she takes away the iPad.... read more>>

  • 07|29

    Is My Child’s Behavior Normal?

    I often ask myself: is this normal? Maybe it’s my frustration at overbooking my schedule or my exasperation at my child’s latest take on misbehavior, but something prompts me to wonder if other people are experiencing the same feelings, or if I’m somehow an outlier. Parents of extra-challenging kids find themselves asking this more often, as they measure their life and experiences against others’ and question what is normal, anyway. I recently wrote an article for Washington Parent on extra-challenging kids and the frustrations they can bring for parents.... read more>>

  • 07|18

    Strategies for Successful Family Vacations

    Surrounded by piles of laundry and bags to still unpack, my exhausted husband turned to me after our first travel experience as new parents and said, “That was NOT a vacation, it was a trip!” With a growing family and these reduced expectations we slogged through the next few years of family travel. But I really did want to take a vacation … as a family … with our children. To go somewhere new together,... read more>>

  • 06|25

    Making “Happy Birthday” More Meaningful

    When it comes to children’s birthday parties, I confess that I am a bit of a curmudgeon. I love the idea of two hours of fun, but in my ideal world we’d eliminate the party gifts and goody bags. I have a hard time understanding the need for gifts, where so many of us blessedly have too much as it is. My kids do not lack for toys, nor do their friends. And as for goody bags–really,... read more>>

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