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.
Gender roles are about more than just clothes and toy aisles. Think jobs and career. Patti Cancellier, education director with Kensington’s Parent Encouragement Program, said the topic of gender comes up in her classes frequently. “Usually it’s around the idea of pink and blue jobs at home,” she said. “We always recommend that every child,... read more>>
Bethesda Magazine, “Bring in the Experts,” – PEP was featured extensively in this article about parenting and parenting education. ... read more>>
With all the uncertainties of the present moment, it is not surprising that many teens are experiencing anxiety. The combination of the unknown, fear and lack of control induces an anxious response, which takes a toll on behavior and mental health. Once the nervous system is activated and the stress hormones are flowing, the prefrontal cortex of the brain actually goes offline – and with it, the ability to focus, make wise decisions or take healthy risks.... read more>>
“Never do for a child what the child can do for themselves.” -Rudolf Dreikurs I used to believe that solving my children’s problems was being a good mom … until I realized that I was stifling their growth. Doing things for your child that they can do for themselves hinders their ability to develop competencies and become self-sufficient. Even at an early age, kids can work out solutions to their own problems — something I learned from the parent educator who taught the first parenting class I took with the ... read more>>
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>>
“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>>
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>>
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>>
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>>
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>>
Parent Encouragement Program
10100 Connecticut Ave.
Kensington, MD 20895
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