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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|03

    The Secret Sauce of Parenting: Special Time with Your Children

    Question: What is the one thing a child consistently wants from a parent or caregiver? Answer: Attention Question: How can you give quality, focused attention to your children in a way that fills their cup so they can entertain themselves at times when you are busy – on an important phone call, preparing dinner, teleworking or otherwise engaged? Answer: “Special Time” Question: What is “Special Time”? How does it work?... read more>>

  • 10|15

    Build Confidence by Encouraging Individuality

    “To be yourself in a world that is constantly trying to make you something else is the greatest accomplishment.” Ralph Waldo Emerson What do you say when your 12-year-old wants to dye her hair blue? How about when your teenage son comes home wearing black nail polish? Or when your 18-year-old college freshman returns for fall break with a tattoo or nose piercing? A big part of a child’s development from childhood into the teenage years is making their own decisions and accepting additional responsibilities.... read more>>

  • 09|02

    Modeling for Your Kids: Your Self-Care Matters

    Our children take their cues from us. How we react to situations, what we say, down to body posture and even our voice inflections when we speak — they are taking it all in. Kids are, indeed, “little sponges”, absorbing the good, bad and the not-so-good about the way we handle our everyday lives. As our children’s first teachers, there are methods we can use and steps we can take to ensure that,... read more>>

  • 07|08

    The Importance of “Me Time” for Parents

    When we parents think of “Me Time,” we often feel selfish. That’s probably because of the ambiguities of parenting itself. Is it a job? Or is it a relationship? When can I take time off? Wait – can I take time off?”  To get clarity, ideas and inspiration on this confusing question, I did a little research by consulting parenting experts. What I heard is that “Me Time” is not a luxury; it’s really a necessity,... read more>>

  • 06|03

    Positive Parenting for Your Neurodiverse Child

    A 5-year-old boy, Felix, is playing with blocks near the kitchen while his dad is busy cooking dinner. Felix starts singing loudly, but his dad doesn’t respond. Felix then suddenly throws his blocks across the room and yells as they crash against the wall. His dad reprimands him in a stern voice for throwing the blocks and demands that he pick them up. Felix then turns to his dad and yells, “Stupid, Daddy!” An 11-year-old girl,... read more>>

  • 05|07

    Tips on Talking to Children About Their Worries and Concerns

    To a young child, everything is BIG. Thoughts, feelings and ideas often become so BIG that they overwhelm the child. As adults, we need to take seriously what is BIG to children and not slough it off as “no big deal.” Additionally, it is vital that we hone our listening and understanding skills so that we can get to the root of a child’s distress. Whether as parent, caregiver or teacher, it is our job to become a detective and identify the source of children’s worries and concerns so that we can help them learn to manage big emotions.... read more>>

  • 04|09

    Family Road Trip Tips

    If you are planning a vacation this spring or summer, a family road trip is likely in the car(d)s. Aside from providing a much-needed break, did you know that a car ride, whether across the country or just across town, can provide the backdrop for your child getting his greatest psychological needs met? Here’s how you can help ensure that your next road trip provides what therapists and authors Dr. Betty Lou Bettner and Dr.... read more>>

  • 03|25

    Moving from Punishment to Teaching Children to Solve Problems

    There are two big problems with punishing children. First, it is a bad model for how to solve problems. It doesn’t actually teach a person anything, and most likely will instill fear and resentment. Second, the purpose of punishment is to control someone’s behavior. When we use our superior status to control a child, it builds feelings of resentment, anger and other negative feelings, which potentially lead to worse problems like lying and revenge.... read more>>

  • 03|04

    Parenting Lessons of “The Karate Kid”

    Experience is the best teacher. But during a pandemic, watching and discussing movies with our kids can also provide powerful, teachable moments. Escaping into the screen, we meet people like ourselves, struggling and learning through experience.  Watching the 1984 classic “The Karate Kid” as a parent opened my eyes to new insights. Mr. Miyagi, the ancient, childless, widowed master of martial arts is mentor to Daniel, an 18-year-old student who has a loving mom,... read more>>

  • 02|16

    Academic Integrity and Distance Learning, Part 2

    A teacher has discovered at least some in his class have worked collaboratively on an exam; in this scenario, group work on a test is considered academic cheating.  The instructor emails the class letting the students know he is aware of the dishonesty.  He offers a choice: a student may admit to cheating and take a 0 on the test with no further consequences or the student may take his or her chances,... read more>>

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