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Summer Break Parenting Resources
Coaching Blog

Spring has arrived and summer is on the way! This is the season where Empowering Parents Coaches get a lot of questions about end-of-the-year academic struggles, proms, graduations, parties, curfews and summer plans. How do you set limits and expectations when you’re not home during the workday? Is it true that “everyone else” lets their... Read more »

“Help! My Kid Complains Constantly!”
Coaching Blog

Does your child complain constantly? No matter how hard you try, something is always wrong: from what you made for dinner, to the horrible school you force her to attend, to the unfair rules in your house and everything in between. If you’re like most parents, you’ve tried to point out that things aren’t nearly... Read more »

Empowering Parents Blog Post
Coaching Blog

If you’re struggling with your co-parent (or an ex) – arguing about whose style is more correct, or more effective – you’re not alone. Coming to an agreement can be very difficult. And when you’re talking about parenting, emotions can certainly run very high. The good news is, you and your co-parent can find a... Read more »

Raise Responsible Kids By Coaching, Not Overdoing
Coaching Blog

Doing the dirty work is a great way for kids to grow and mature. We hear that all the time. But getting kids to do that dirty work isn’t easy. Have you been in this situation? Your child has been asked to do something that’s difficult or unpleasant. Maybe it’s a new chore at home,... Read more »

Teaching Perseverance: Let Kids Overcome Their Own Obstacles
Motherhood / Fatherhood

When I was growing up my family was poor—really poor. There were definitely those worse off, but looking back, we really struggled. We lived off food stamps and dumpster diving behind the local grocery store. One year, we celebrated Christmas late because Dad needed to construct a tree from the best curbside branches he could... Read more »

Parenting a Kid with ADHD: Focus on the Good

The marquis at my wellness center says, “Find the good and praise it.” – a quote by Alex Haley, most famous for authoring Roots: The Saga of an American Family. Even before I read this positive reminder on the larger-than-life sign, I have been telling myself to “focus on the good” when it comes to... Read more »

Letting Our Little Fish Swim
Family Holidays & Vacations

As I write this, my daughter Riley, a junior in high school, is preparing for a spring break trip—a cruise from Puerto Rico to the Virgin Islands, St. Maarten, Barbados, and other islands I have only dreamed of visiting. She’ll be traveling with two of her best friends, as well as the family of one... Read more »

3 Parenting Reminders for Managing Negative Thoughts
Coaching Blog

Parenting is tough. We speak to many people every day who are struggling with challenging parenting issues. It’s easy and normal to get caught up in negative thoughts about yourself and your family. Here are some common thoughts we hear from parents: “I love my family, but sometimes I don’t like being a parent.” ”My friends’... Read more »

Finding Calm Time to Connect With Your Family
Coaching Blog

Last week a comment from a reader caught our attention and sparked a discussion among the coaches here. Our reader shared that she likes to take advantage of “car time” with her teenage daughter on the way to school. For this family, car rides can sometimes be a calm time to discuss topics small and... Read more »

Positive Parenting: “Catch Them Being Good”
Coaching Blog

We have something for you to try this week. It’s something Dr. Robert Myers calls “catch them being good.” If you see behavior you like from someone in your house, pull them aside and tell them what you saw. Any behavior, any moment. From your kids, partner, or other relatives and friends. Keep a tally... Read more »

How to Use Incentives and Encourage Behavior You Want to See
Coaching Blog

Incentives are a powerful way to encourage certain behaviors in kids. Used correctly, they can motivate children to make change and stick with it. Parents often have mixed feelings about using incentives, and they ask us how incentives differ from bribes. Here’s how incentives are different from bribes, and how to use them effectively. An... Read more »

How Would You Parent Your Friend’s Child?
Coaching Blog

Would you like a break from the emotions of parenting? Here’s a little trick: Parent your friend’s child instead. Parenting is emotional. Our strong emotional connection to our children is a powerful and challenging part of parenting. Sometimes these emotions can blur our vision. Or just wear us down. When you need some perspective about... Read more »