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5 Dos and Don’ts of Shared Custody
Divorced Parents

You may already know the basics of custody etiquette—not dropping your child off late and no bad-mouthing your ex in front of your child. While these are important, there are many other unspoken guidelines you should know about for a smooth and happy shared custody experience. Whether you’re reaching an amicable agreement with your ex,... Read more »

How to Say Sorry: Teaching Children to Apologize
Coaching Blog

A friend’s three-year-old son is still developing his ability to regulate his emotions. He can go from being ecstatic, to devastated, to furious, in the span of a few minutes. During one pre-dinner meltdown last week, he started yelling and kicking his toys around the room. After he calmed down, his mom asked him to clean... Read more »

4 Essential Life Skills for High Schoolers to Build Before College
Accountability & Responsibility

It’s finally happening. The moment most parents both dread and look forward to. Their kid is moving out of the house for the first time and heading off to college. You have high hopes for their future (or maybe you don’t). Empty nest syndrome is a powerful thing. Did you raise them well enough? Are... Read more »

Caught Your Child Lying? Do This Before You Respond
Coaching Blog

When we hear from parents about the issue of lying, we often hear them say: “I don’t know what I feel worse about…her sneaking out or her lying to me about it!” When you catch your child or teen in a lie, it is common to experience a flood of emotions. Lying hurts and it... Read more »

How to Respond When Your Child Acts Out in Public
Coaching Blog

As you push your cart through the store you hear a wail from the next aisle. The cry starts low and rises sharply, followed by, “I need it! But I NEED IT!!!” You turn into the aisle and see a mom trying to get her 6-year-old to stop shouting. His cries are getting louder and... Read more »

Help for the Holidays: When Extended Families Come Together
Coaching Blog

Holidays are a time for family and friends to gather and to celebrate. At its best, this time of year offers wonderful memories, time together and treasured traditions. For many of us, however, the holidays can bring up a lot of stress and conflict. Are you worried about your child’s behavior over the holidays? Do... Read more »

3 Practical Tips for Parents Living with an Adult Child
Coaching Blog

Do you have an adult child living at home with you?  If so, you are not alone. A recent report by the Pew Research Center shows that living with parents is the most common living arrangement for 18- to 34-year-olds in the U.S. There are many factors that can lead to this — changes in... Read more »

Trouble at School? How Parents Can Respond
Coaching Blog

School progress reports have arrived and it doesn’t look good. Your son is missing multiple assignments and his grades are dropping fast. You know he can do better, but every time you try to talk about it, you get angry or frustrated. How can you effectively respond to trouble at school? Now that we’re through... Read more »

Improve Your Parenting Patience with These 3 Easy Reminders
Coaching Blog

Your 3-year-old is grouchy and dragging his feet. Your 6-year-old is upset that her favorite shirt is in the wash and now she “has nothing to wear.” You can’t find your keys. And to top it all off, your son knocks over your cup of coffee and now you need to change your shirt. You’re... Read more »

It’s Tough to Let Go: Raising Children to be Independent
Motherhood / Fatherhood

I knew having a teenager would be hard, no matter how wonderful a child my wife and I raised. And, I was right. Riley, who is now seventeen, has immersed herself in her social circle. She has tried to set herself apart from her mom and me by discovering her own identity, which may include... Read more »

3 Tips for New School Year Complaints
School & Homework

“But I don’t want to start school!” I’ve heard my teenage daughter utter that phrase at least a thousand times in the past week. Well, maybe not quite a thousand, but it sure felt like it! It was so hard to know how to respond. How could I reassure her that things will be okay, without... Read more »

Put a Plan in Place for Back-to-School
Coaching Blog

It’s that time of year again: back-to-school! It’s a joyous time for some parents: “Ah, my child who stayed up until 3 a.m. and slept in until noon will be getting back on a sleep schedule.” “My child who left dirty lunch plates around the house while watching television and complaining about there being ‘nothing... Read more »