“He’s going to flunk!” More Solutions for Parental Anxiety

October 6, 2015 by , Empowering Parents Coach

We received some great feedback on our last newsletter, written in response to parental anxiety and futurizing. Thank you for your kind words and insightful comments! Remember, futurizing happens when anxious, overwhelming thoughts lead to negative predictions for a child’s future. Since this is such a common topic for parents, I want to share another … Read More

Don’t Panic! Help for Parental Anxiety

October 2, 2015 by , Empowering Parents Coach

It’s late. No matter how hard you try, sleep won’t come. Each time you close your eyes, your mind wanders… He’s disorganized and unmotivated…how will he keep a job? He treats me like dirt…how could he possibly handle a relationship, or start a family? …and the list goes on. When battling behavior problems, it’s easy … Read More

The Upside to Bad Behavior

October 1, 2015 by , Empowering Parents Coach

Life is busy, isn’t it? We often get caught up in what needs to get done and focus our attention on what isn’t working, or what needs to change. This can get exhausting! By giving yourself a break and finding the positive in power struggles, you can take some of the weight off your shoulders. … Read More

“You can’t make me.”

September 28, 2015 by , Empowering Parents Coach

You need to leave the house early so you can drop the kids off at school and make it to work on time. Just as you’re about to head out the door, your daughter decides that attending class is not in her cards today. “I’m not going, and you can’t make me.” Makes you cringe, … Read More

Feeling unappreciated?

September 23, 2015 by , Empowering Parents Coach

After a long day at work, you come home exhausted. The chores you asked your child to do aren’t done — again. He comes up with excuse after excuse, and you’ve had enough. Feeling frustrated and unappreciated, you blurt out, “I work hard so I can put food on the table and clothes on your … Read More

5 Homework Strategies That Work for Kids

September 21, 2015 by , Empowering Parents Coach

Are you dreading homework more as an adult than you were as a child? When kids give excuses or flat out refuse to do assignments, what do you do? Dealing with daily homework battles can be frustrating and exhausting. You’re not alone–many parents reach out to us for advice on this topic. We help by … Read More

Good behavior isn’t “magic”

September 18, 2015 by , Empowering Parents Coach

Just because you’re angry doesn’t mean you get to punch a hole in the wall, right? Right — but what if your child doesn’t know what to do instead of punching a hole in the wall? What if that’s the only way they know how to deal with feeling angry? We all experience anger (road … Read More

If you speed, you get a ticket…

September 18, 2015 by , Empowering Parents Coach

We talk a lot about “natural consequences” at Empowering Parents, but what does it really mean? Doesn’t it mean I’m a bad parent if I let my kid fail? No! You’re a great parent because you’re teaching your child valuable life skills. Parents ineffectively prepare kids for adulthood by not allowing them to face the … Read More