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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.

  • 01|26

    “How can I stop relatives from spoiling my 6-month-old?”

    “Q: I have a delightful 6-month-old daughter. She’s the only grandchild in my extended family and has been spoiled so far with love, attention and (even as I try to prevent the rising tide) toys. It’s gotten a little better, but I still have several relatives who bring gifts every time they see her, which is frequently. On my husband’s side of the family, it isn’t quite as extreme. Recently we spent time with family friends whom I had not seen in years,... read more>>

  • 01|25

    “Parenting requires one to actually, ahem, parent, not pout”

    “Dear Carolyn: I live in a home with two indoor house cats with a litter box. My 8th-grade daughter is supposed to be responsible for sweeping and scooping litter but does a terrible, lackadaisical job. It’s in my laundry room, where I smell and step all over scattered litter. Half the time the litter appears untouched despite my constant pleas. I’m sick of constantly reminding and chiding her to clean. I secretly want the cats gone,... read more>>

  • 01|24

    “The Minefield of Talking With Your Children About Sexting”

    It’s a parent’s nightmare: Your teenage daughter tries to charm her latest crush by sending him a revealing photo of herself—and is devastated when he forwards it to dozens of classmates. Or you learn from an older sibling that a suggestive photo of your younger daughter is circulating online. “Parents take it personally and wonder, oh my God, why would my kid ever do that?” says Robbye Fox, who runs parenting workshops in Kensington,... read more>>

  • 01|23

    “How to create a bedtime routine for kids that works, in 30 minutes or less”

    Bedtime is such a chore for parents that there’s a book with a profanity-laced title devoted to the subject. Behavior that seemed cute at 8 a.m. is anything but when everyone is exhausted and the good-nights are stretching into the second hour. Why do kids choose the day’s waning moments to unleash their neediness? And how can parents make bedtime more efficient? Patricia Cancellier,... read more>>

  • 01|22

    “Should You Tell Your Teen You Tried Alcohol or Drugs?”

    The questions many parents dread begin as early as middle school: Did you do drugs when you were in school? Did you drink when you were a teenager? Parents’ natural reaction is often to clam up and try to hide youthful misdeeds. But there are ways to use stories about your own underage drinking, reckless driving or drug use to teach teens important lessons about health and safety. It requires listening carefully to what teens are asking and staying focused on what they need at the time.... read more>>

  • 01|21

    “When a Bully Targets Your Child”

    Of all the challenges that school brings for students and their parents, one of the most unwelcome and worrying is bullying. Bullying starts as early as first grade and peaks in middle school. About 1 in 5 students report being bullied each year, and figuring out how to respond is difficult. A parent’s first impulse—whether to fly into a rage and call the bully’s parents or dismiss the whole thing as “kid stuff”—is not necessarily the right path.... read more>>

  • 01|19

    “Why You Should Let Your Children Break the Rules Sometimes”

    For parents, breaking the rules is sometimes a good thing. Pediatricians, psychologists and authors and moms and dads agree on this: We live in an age of parenting dogma—and it can be bad for families. Limit your child’s screen time. Avoid giving your toddler juice and stick to milk or water. Some doctors and family health experts are now saying people should see some value in bending rules with children. Click here to read the article.... read more>>

  • 01|18

    “Summer break is hardly a vacation for parents — but here’s how it can be”

      Summer is almost here. For parents of school-age kids, this means freedom from the grind of homework, piano lessons, scout meetings and soccer practice. It’s time to relax and take in the summer breeze with the youngsters, right? If only summer were that simple. For many parents in the Washington area, summer is less about sun and fun and more about calendars and carpools.... read more>>

  • 01|17

    “Moms’ Middle-School Blues”

    Mothers feel more anxious, dissatisfied and doubtful about their own parenting skills when their children are in middle school than at any other stage, new research shows. The turbulence that hits sixth- through eighth-graders often begins with the onset of puberty, bringing physical changes and mood swings. Also, many students transfer from close-knit elementary schools to larger middle schools. Childhood friends may be separated, classes are often tracked by ability and teachers are more demanding.... read more>>

  • 01|16

    Fox 5 DC Morning News

    July to September, 2015 – Fox 5 DC Morning News. PEP appeared on 4 different occasions as a parenting expert in panel discussions on the show.... read more>>

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