Your Child’s Negative Emotions: A Learning Opportunity

March 23, 2015 by , Guest Blogger

As a parent, how often do you find yourself saying the following things when your child displays anger, frustration or anxiety? “Don’t be upset, it’s okay.” “You’re being silly…just stop it!” “Don’t cry, be a big boy/girl.” You want your child to feel better when they’re upset, so your intentions are in the right place. … Read More

Exercising Patience: What Gardening and Parenting Have in Common

March 23, 2015 by , Empowering Parents Coach

Spring has arrived on the calendar, if not in my backyard in Maine.  With the longer days and slowly increasing temperatures, my thoughts often turn to for outdoor projects.  I plan out my vegetable garden, uncover my flower beds, and wait for signs of growth.

Five Subtle Changes That Can Powerfully Improve Your Relationship with Your Teen

March 18, 2015 by , Guest Blogger

I was shocked to hear my dad tell me, over a decade after I had made it out of adolescence, that both he and my mum had been afraid of me at times when I was a teenager. He said they felt helpless and powerless, often wondering what the best way to deal with me … Read More

Children and Gratitude: A Powerful Combination

March 16, 2015 by , Guest Blogger

We live in a very external-focused world, where many people find themselves seeking the answer to the question, “What’s in it for me?”  We hesitate to commit and say yes to requests or new responsibilities before carefully evaluating whether or not there will be a worthwhile benefit to us.  Our children are not that different … Read More

Welcome to the Jungle: 4 Things Parents Can Do When Siblings Fight

March 11, 2015 by , Parent Blogger

Imagine you are living in a post-apocalyptic world where resources are scarce. There is fierce competition for basic necessities. Not only are resources scarce, they are controlled by a small but powerful monarchy. These rulers have so much power that they control all the food, clothing, and shelter. They assign you your living place and … Read More

It’s Not Your Fault! The Lesson I Learned Parenting a Difficult Child

March 8, 2015 by , Parent Blogger

As an infant, my daughter was a fairly easy baby. As long as her needs were met, she was an easy child, very alert and highly social. However the older she got, and the more her idea of what to do conflicted with what I wanted her to do, the more “difficult” she became. She … Read More

The Parent Cycle: What Do You Role Model to Your Child?

March 4, 2015 by , Parent Blogger

Now that Madison, my first-born, is fifteen, some of the rituals we shared when she was a toddler are beginning to fade in my old age. Last weekend, though, she reminded me of one. Madison was babysitting our neighbor’s three-year old, Chloe; and Chloe asked Madison to read her story after story. “After the tenth … Read More

Disciplining Someone Else’s Child

March 2, 2015 by , EP Editor

It used to be said that it took a village to raise a child.  But, not every parent shares that village view anymore, particularly when it involves disciplining other people’s children.  Whether you’re dealing with a playdate-gone-bad or a step-child who is crossing the line, remember, it’s OK to set limits and ask others to … Read More