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.
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 […]... read more>>
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 […]... read more>>
Editor’s note: This is the second in a series by guest blogger Kelly Bradley, an integrative licensed physical therapist, certified health coach and nutritional consultant and certified chef. Through her PEP workshops and coordinating the “Good Eats” station at the Can Do Kids Fair, Kelly introduces parents and children to adventurous, nutritious foods that are […]... read more>>
“He punched her in the face.” “He pushed her down the stairs.” “She asked her to sit on the bus with her, then deliberately sat with someone else.” “He rates the kids on the playground and gets away with it, because they’re afraid of him.” Some mean behaviors can be classified as acts of bullying […]... read more>>
Yesterday afternoon Fox 5 News ran a story titled “Public Shaming Punishment,” reporting the aftermath of a photograph taken of an unidentified teenage girl standing on a sidewalk holding a sign that said, “I AM A BULLY!” After hearing the opinions, both pro and con, of several people on the streets of Gaithersburg, reporter Bob […]... read more>>
Editor’s note: Next month, PEP will complete its transition to new leadership as Cheryl Wieker retires and turns the executive director’s keys over to Kathy Hedge. Looking back on PEP’s growth and accomplishments and ahead to the next phase of service to Washington area parents and families, we asked these two leaders to talk about […]... read more>>
Has parenting gotten “out of whack for many of us,” as Gwen Ifill and Judy Woodruff wondered on the PBS NewsHour last week? It’s a great question that was covered in the segment “Should kids’ happiness be the goal of parenting?” which included Woodruff talking with several parents attending the class PEP I: Parenting 5 […]... read more>>
Hello, parents, and welcome to Screen-Free Week! If this is the first you’ve heard about it, we suggest you read Rinny Yourman’s post for some quick inspiration. And, before you turn off the computer at home (or, while you take a break at work), download 101 Screen-Free Activities and perhaps check out other links to other ideas and […]... read more>>
My family has participated in Screen-Free Week, sponsored by the Campaign for a Commercial-Free Childhood, for the last three years. But before I say more, I should start with a confession: I absolutely love this week. Next Monday, May 5th, is the start of this year’s Screen-Free Week (SFW), which, as the name implies, is […]... read more>>
When I was younger, going online meant sitting down at the family computer, making sure no one was using the land-line telephone, and logging on via a dial-up connection that was loud enough to alert everyone in the house I was about to use the Internet. But for many of today’s teens, going online involves […]... read more>>