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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.

  • 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>>

  • 06|01

    The Value of Special Time and Reflective Listening for Neurodivergent Kids

    “Come ON, Miles, get your shoes on! I’ve asked you four times already! We have to go, or you’ll be late!” This is a frequent directive from 9-year-old Miles’ mom on school days. The more agitated she gets as the minutes tick by, the angrier he gets, yelling, “Leave me alone! I AM getting ready!” He storms off and the whole interaction feels terrible for everyone involved.... read more>>

  • 05|01

    Making Time for “Positive Time-Out”

    Wait a minute! What’s the title of this article? Positive time-out? There’s no such thing! Well, folks – I hope that by the time you finish reading this article, you come away with a different perspective about what time-out has been traditionally, and how it can be positive for child and parent (or teacher), a learning experience, and a way to diffuse a tense situation. Traditionally, a child has been “put into” time-out because of “bad” behavior.... read more>>

  • 03|30

    What’s Better Than the Golden Rule? Empathy in Action!

    The Golden Rule: Treat others as you would like to be treated. – “It’s Time to Stop Following The Golden Rule”, Irina Cozma, Harvard Business Review What if what you would like is not what they would like? … What if one doesn’t particularly love oneself? – Rabbi Sylvia Rothschild I get it. Your parenting begins and ends with the Golden Rule.... read more>>

  • 03|01

    Forget Perfect Parenting – Good Enough is Exactly That

    Mistakes are good. Failure is fine. Being “good enough” is, well, good enough! The number one way for people – all people – to improve is by making mistakes, learning from those mistakes, and trying a different way of doing things in the future. There is no such thing as a “perfect parent”, and if there were, they wouldn’t be human! Keeping children safe, providing a secure environment, soothing them when needed, and teaching them life skills – all while making mistakes along the way – is exactly what children need.... read more>>

  • 02|01

    How to Avoid Power Struggles With Your Preschooler

    Are you feeling challenged, threatened or even defeated by your preschooler’s behavior? If so, the two of you are likely engaging in power struggles. Rest assured that there are some trusted strategies for addressing power struggles. These strategies are based on knowing the Secret Code of your child’s misbehavior. The Coded Message If your child is engaging in power struggles, look for the “secret coded message” in the behavior.... read more>>

  • 01|02

    Financial Literacy Essentials for Kids

    We want the best for our children, which doesn’t necessarily mean we want them to have the most expensive material things. What it likely means is that we want them secure, safe and well balanced. We hope to lay a good foundation on which they can build as they grow into adulthood. Money – and learning to manage it responsibly – will impact whether they will be successful as adults. Don’t be Afraid to Talk – About Money!... read more>>

  • 11|30

    Goldilocks and the Three Parenting Styles

    According to many subject-matter experts, there are three general styles of parenting: Authoritarian, Democratic and Permissive. In the realm of parenting that middle ground is associated with the democratic parenting style. Maybe you already have an idea of which style most closely resembles yours? To be real, when I first sat down to write this article, the words “Imposter Syndrome” came to mind. My husband and I have three sons,... read more>>

  • 11|01

    Homework Tips: Executive Functioning Edition

    It’s 7:30 p.m. and 11-year-old Jack has been staring blankly at a document titled “The Causes of the Civil War” for a solid five minutes. He lets out an exasperated sigh and begins doodling on the paper next to the keyboard. The essay he has yet to begin is due tomorrow. Sound familiar? For those of us with kids who struggle with executive functioning, this is a common scenario. It’s not that Jack doesn’t want to complete his work or that the assignment is too difficult for him,... read more>>

  • 10|03

    Bad-Mouthing Your Ex: The Long-Term Effects on Children

    Bad-Mouthing Your Ex: The Long-Term Effects on Children Let’s begin by acknowledging that bad-mouthing a co-parent is not appropriate behavior whether married, separated, unmarried or divorced. Saying mean things to your children about the other parent – even true things – is hurtful to the other party, but mostly to the children. And in all cases, this is a no-no. Think about this. Most of the way we behave and respond to situations stems from what we learned from the adults in our lives when we were children.... read more>>

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