Community Speakers

Looking for some new insight, tips, tools or ideas on parenting or child development? PEP’s certified parent educators are available to speak at PTA meetings, preschool parent nights, business lunches and other gatherings of parents, teachers and others who work with children. As parents themselves, PEP parent educators have helped thousands of people understand parenting issues and how to apply concepts and strategies to particular situations – practical skills delivered with warmth, humor and professionalism.

To arrange a workshop, take a look at the topics listed below and contact Colleen Reed, PEP’s Community Outreach Coordinator, with a topic or topics of your choice and a proposed date for your program. PEP’s speakers are not always available when requested, so please ensure sufficient planning time. Once the topic, date and speaker are confirmed, the PEP parent educator will consult in advance with your organization for specific information on your audience. Refer to Types of PEP Talks below and Planning a PEP Presentation below for fees, lead times and more information, or call the PEP office at 301-929- 8824.

Community Talks

The fee for Community Talks is $150 for a 60-minute presentation. These talks are limited to one per year per organization. Topics are limited to those listed below.

Positive Discipline

Move away from punishment and toward using encouragement, consequences, limits and agreements, for an approach to discipline that stimulates cooperation and self-restraint.

Power Tools for Power Struggles

Frequent power struggles, whether between adults or between parents and children, impact relationships. Learn what happens when a conflict develops and gain some insights into redirecting that energy in ways that tend to solve problems and bring people closer.

Raising “I Can” Kids

A child’s “I Can Quotient” is Betty Lou Bettner and Amy Lew’s term for a more useful measure than the traditional IQ. It includes the qualities that predict a child’s ability to thrive in life. Learn strategies to increase your child’s sense of feeling connected, capable, competent and courageous.

The Truth About Consequences: Effective Discipline Without Punishment

When children misbehave, parents often resort to punishment or rewards to motivate better behavior. Learn how to use natural and logical consequences instead, to foster learning and cooperation instead of anger and rebellion.


Workshops are available on a greater variety of topics. These presentations 60-90 minutes for a fee of $200; packages of 2 or 3 workshops are also available.

Parenting Practices/Family Life

Managing Your Anger

What are the underlying causes of anger? What does anger accomplish for us? When tempers flare, here are some constructive and cooling options that can actually build closer, more loving relationships.

Managing Stress and Pressure

With so much to do, achieve and accomplish, children of all ages can get squeezed out of spontaneous play, exploration and daydreaming. And parents wonder how to keep their family connections strong and vital when schedules are packed and downtime is scarce. Examine common stress triggers and learn strategies to lower the pressure and help children achieve balance.

Raising Responsible Children

You can’t make a child be responsible, but you can provide plenty of opportunities for learning how. Discover new ways to encourage responsible behavior in your children as you lay the groundwork for successful adulthood.

Sibling Rivalry: “But They’re Hurting Each Other!”

Sibling fighting, teasing and bickering are some of the biggest frustrations for parents. Learn why children fight and what you can do to help your children become friends and fight less often.

Tackling Technology

Feel like you’re constantly asking your child to “turn that thing off?” Whether it’s video consoles, computers, tablets or smart phones, you may be starting to feel like electronics are ruling your child’s life, making you tempted to shut them down and unplug them entirely. In this workshop, we will explore some of the problems caused by excessive electronic use, as well as ways to set limits around technology and ideas for improving connections with your children through technology.

Understanding Friendship and Bullying

Some children have trouble making and keeping friends, and some worry every day about being ridiculed, pushed around or excluded. How do you tell the difference between bullying and behavior that’s just immature? In either case, what do you do about it? This workshop will give parents tools for supporting children in meeting social challenges with confidence.

Young Children – Preschoolers and Elementary School

Morning Mayhem

Mornings are a hot spot for trouble in many families. Parents need to get out of the house on time, but the kids aren’t cooperating. How do you motivate them to move – without resorting to nagging, yelling or bribing? Learn why mornings are stressful and how to achieve a more peaceful, productive start to everyone’s day.

Good Fences, Happy Families: Limit Setting with Young Children

Behavioral limits help young children learn to go to bed on time, pick up after themselves and get along with others. Limits also provide security, order and an understanding of the way the world works. Learn techniques to build and uphold firm and friendly boundaries.

Limit Setting and Making Friends with “No” (Elementary School)

Develop your “kNOw-how” and learn how wise limits provide security, order and the peace of knowing what to expect. (See also: Good Fences, Happy Families: Setting Limits with Young Children and Setting Logical Limits with Tweens or Teens.)

Homework Skills for Kids and Parents (Elementary School)

Do you want to be less involved in the school assignments, but worry that if you step out of it nothing will get done? Learn how to plant seeds of self-motivation in your child and teach skills for planning ahead and managing schoolwork. Support your budding scholar without taking over.

The Stuff of Life: Your Child’s Responsibilities at Home and School

Are you frustrated by your elementary-school child’s lack of personal organization? Are jackets going to school but never coming home? Are assignments going home but never making it back to school? Learn how to motivate youngsters to plan ahead and take responsibility for their belongings.

Tweens and Teens

Setting Logical Limits with Tweens

Tweens are experiencing many changes that make limit setting difficult for parents. Learn how to use problem solving and natural and logical consequences, balance increased freedom with responsibility and deal with challenges to your boundaries.

Problem Solving with Teens

Sometimes guiding our teens can seem like a wrestling match, with both parent and teen feeling like losers. Gain the necessary skills to help your teen discuss and solve problems in a positive way by focusing on long-term goals, determining who owns the problem and encouraging resilience.

Setting Logical Limits with Teens

Teens need firm limits that parents uphold with kindness and respect for the teen’s growing independence. Learn how to set and uphold limits with your teen, to foster learning and cooperation instead of anger and rebellion.

Why, How and What? Helping Your Middle-Schooler Take Responsibility at Home and School

Are you frustrated by your child’s lack of personal organization? Are jackets going to school but never coming home? Are assignments going home but never making it back to school? Learn how to motivate middle-school kids to plan ahead and keep track of  their belongings.

Homework:  Whose Job Is It? (Middle School)

Lack of motivation and organization are common in middle-school students who are coping with the physical, emotional and cognitive changes of early adolescence as well as the demands of school. Learn how to help your child weather the turbulence, manage your own frustration and support independent learning.

Talking with Teens:  The Big Topics

Learn and practice the specific skills of listening to understand and talking to be heard by your teenager. You’ll be able to address sensitive subjects including sexuality, alcohol and drugs with confidence and compassion.

The Challenges of Adolescence

Adolescence begins with puberty and ends when the child’s developmental tasks are completed. Explore each task in detail: independence and autonomy; the growth of abstract thinking; and forming identity, social and spiritual.

Types of PEP Talks

Talk Type Titles Length Fee Location Lead Time Who Coordinates
Community Talk Positive Discipline; Power Tools for Power Struggles; Raising “I Can” Kids; The Truth About Consequences 60 minutes        $150 Schools, homes, clubs, groups within 10 miles of Kensington 1 month  minimum Colleen Reed
 Workshop See list above. Topics not on Workshops list may be available on request.  60-90 minutes 3-workshop package: $550; 2-workshop package: $375; 1 workshop: $200 Schools, homes, clubs, groups within 10 miles of Kensington 4-6  weeks Colleen Reed
Corporate/Workplace Talk Workshops or classes on specific topics  Can be customized Based on selected program Washington area (travel expenses may apply) 60 days Kathy Hedge

Planning a PEP Presentation

Off-Site Class Policy

Whenever possible, PEP will schedule core (8 to 10 week) parenting classes and multi-session workshops at schools and other community facilities. If you are interested in partnering with PEP to host PEP programming at your school or organization, please read our Off-Site Class Policy here and call PEP at 301-929- 8824 for more information. Choose the type of presentation you want from the chart above. Choose a date and time for the presentation, with possible alternative choices.


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