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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.

  • 04|03

    Steps toward Raising an Eco-conscious Child

    Concern for the environment is a crucial family value that many parents hope to instill in their children. But how exactly can we stimulate young ones to develop an environmentally conscious mindset and habits? I gained some insights from Encouraging Parents, Courageous Children, a new book by Betty Lou Bettner, Ph.D. In her book, Bettner notes that all children are motivated by “4 C’s.” They want to connect with others,... read more>>

  • 02|29

    Sharenting – When Parents Over-Share Their Kids’ Lives

    For many parents raising children in the 21st Century, the most common way to share news – or any information worthy of telling others – is using technology. With the proliferation of smartphones that allow instantaneous posting of photos and videos to Facebook, X (formerly Twitter), Instagram and other social media networks, parents can digitally record every moment of their child’s life and share it without a second thought.   It is so common that the term “sharenting,” a combination of the words sharing and parenting,... read more>>

  • 02|01

    How Books Can Help You Read between the Lines with Children’s Emotions

    No sooner had my son turned 3 than he morphed into the Midnight Rambler. Abandoning his bed in the wee hours, he would wake me with cries of “I’m lonely! I can’t sleep! Keep me company!” By day, I searched the parenting section of the library for the miracle cure that would help us all get some shut-eye. I did not find a cure, but not in a book for parents. It was a children’s book—Little Bunny’s Sleepless Night by Carol Roth and Valeri Gorbachev—that actually did the trick.... read more>>

  • 01|02

    7 New Year’s Resolutions to Help Parents Do More by Doing Less

    Let’s face it. We are all far too busy. Adding ambitious New Year’s resolutions to a lengthy to-do list probably isn’t going to get us very far in 2024. What if, instead of adding more to our plates, we resolved to remove some things? When it comes to parenting, less is often more. Breaking out of established patterns always requires a bit of effort. But dropping time-consuming and unproductive parenting practices will avoid an enormous amount of trouble in a relatively short time.... read more>>

  • 12|06

    Screen Hygiene for Neurodivergent Kids

    “Max, you have one more minute left of screen time, and then it’s time to put it away,” I calmly told my 10-year-old AuDHD (autistic + ADHD) son, after having given him five- and three-minute reminders prior. “But I need more time! It’s not fair!” Max yelled in return, banging his fist on the table and hugging his device to his chest. Does this scenario sound familiar? If so, you’re not alone, and you can imagine the struggle that might have ensued.... read more>>

  • 11|03

    “Never Enough: When Achievement Culture Becomes Toxic and What Parents Can Do About It”

    Parenting today can feel like a hamster wheel of doing, striving, scrolling and worrying. Filled with anxiety and the best of intentions, we may find ourselves inadvertently making ourselves crazy and putting our kids at risk for a myriad of mental health issues. Looking for solutions to this common dilemma, I spoke with Jenny Wallace — award winning journalist and parent of three — about her book, “Never Enough: When Achievement Culture Becomes Toxic and What Parents Can Do About It.” The title of your book is so compelling,... read more>>

  • 10|02

    Empty Nest Syndrome

    When I was raising young children, I often reflected on the quote “the days are long, but the years are short” by Gretchen Rubin, bestselling author and one of today’s most thought-provoking observers of human nature. It made sense to me. I would wait (not so patiently) at the door, frustrated and weary, for my husband to return home from work after a 12-hour day. All I wanted was to pop the fussy baby into his arms,... read more>>

  • 08|31

    The Lowdown on School Lockdowns

    School safety is an issue on every parent’s mind these days. It can be difficult to know where our fears end and our children’s begin. As parents, it’s important to remember that most of us never went through safety training experiences like these. Our generation never went to school and had active shooter drills, lockdowns, practice hiding, evacuations. When most of us were kids, the worst thing we were probably trained to prepare for was an earthquake,... read more>>

  • 07|29

    Letting Go: Some Tips for Parents of Future Adults

    I started noticing the “Adulting” checklists during my children’s early high school years. “Adulting 101” … “12 Life Skills All Kids Need to Know to Leave Home” … “24 Life Skills Every Teen Should Learn.” No two lists were the same. They each placed a higher value on one skill or set of skills over another. From balancing a budget or navigating public transportation to cooking and doing laundry, each list posited the skills every teen needed to launch successfully into adulthood.... read more>>

  • 07|06

    Top 9 Tips for Today’s Parents

    I’ve talked to many experts in the field of parenting through my work as a Certified Parent Educator with the Parent Encouragement Program in Kensington, Maryland. One of the warmest and most trusted of those I’ve come across is Dr. Wendy Mogel, author of the book, “Voice Lessons: What to Say, How to Say It, and When to Listen.” I had the pleasure to sit down with Dr. Mogel and ask for her thoughts on parenting today.... read more>>

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