Riding the Wave of Passions to Our Children’s Success in School

November 20, 2015 by , Parent Blogger

“You should know that I’m no good at school.” I teach third grade and at the beginning of each year I ask the students to write down something I should know about them. I want to know what’s going on in their lives, what they are excited about, who their family is. “I love to … Read More

Don’t Compare Your Insides to Everyone Else’s Outsides

November 20, 2015 by , Empowering Parents Coach

With Thanksgiving just three days away, images of smiling families and overflowing cornucopias color every TV, website and magazine in America. But for many parents, learning how to cook the juiciest turkey is last on the priority list. There are much bigger concerns, like making sure your son doesn’t hit his sister at the dinner … Read More

How Parents Give Away Their Authority

November 2, 2015 by , Empowering Parents Coach

There’s no getting around it…giving consequences and setting limits makes you uncomfortable. You don’t like to be seen as “the bad guy.” Besides, your partner is a much better disciplinarian – they have no problem enforcing the rules, and the kids actually listen to them. It all works out, right? Not always – if you … Read More

Parenting Differences Between Partners: Finding Common Ground

October 30, 2015 by , Empowering Parents Coach

Upon reviewing last month’s credit card statement, you nearly have a heart attack. Clothes, video games, electronics…all charged to your account. You realize it wasn’t you who made the purchases…it was your child. After a few deep breaths, you explain your discovery to your husband. Furious, he insists on teaching your son a lesson by … Read More

The Importance of Following Through

October 29, 2015 by , Empowering Parents Coach

Waking your kid up for school can be a nightmare. He sleeps in until the last minute. Over breakfast, he fights to stay awake. He’s late to school because he’s “too tired to go.” The whole day starts off on the wrong foot! Exasperated, you try to set limits… “From now on, bedtime starts an … Read More

The Value of Clear Expectations: What You Say vs. What They Hear

October 26, 2015 by , Empowering Parents Coach

Your daughter is clamoring to go to a Halloween party this weekend. You know the parents so you’re not worried about safety, but you want your daughter to earn the privilege to go. You only ask that she cleans her room, and she’ll be able to attend the party. She happily agrees. Thirty minutes before … Read More

Understanding Emotional Triggers

October 20, 2015 by , Empowering Parents Coach

You specifically told your daughter to be home by 9pm. It’s almost 10 o’clock, and you’re sick with worry. As you pick up the phone to call her again, the front door opens. You can’t contain your emotion… Where have you been? Do you realize how worried I was? You never answered your phone! I … Read More

Backtalk: How to Handle it Effectively

October 16, 2015 by , Empowering Parents Coach

Halloween is coming and your house looks like a tornado blew through it. Tired of wading through pumpkin seeds and candy wrappers, you tell your daughter it’s time to stop playing her game and help clean up the kitchen. She responds with, “We NEVER do anything fun around here. We ALWAYS have to clean up. … Read More