Put a Plan in Place for Back-to-School

Put a Plan in Place for Back-to-School

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 »

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How I Prepared My Teen for the Demands of the Real World

My eldest daughter, Riley, recently turned seventeen. She’ll be starting her senior year of high school this September. College is right around the corner. Then she’ll be gone, out on her own, dealing with the real world: paying bills, living with roommates, and coping with plain old jerks. The thing is, I think she’ll deal… Read more »

Teacher’s Aide Opens My Parenting Eyes

Teacher’s Aide Opens My Parenting Eyes

I’m so glad my aide, Chris, opened my eyes today. I teach third grade and have twenty-five eight and nine-year-olds scurrying about our room filled with desks, books and promise. At my school, I’m known for giving my students cool experiences that they will probably remember for years to come, as well as for being… Read more »

Science Confirms Spanking Kids is Ineffective

Science Confirms Spanking Kids is Ineffective

At Empowering Parents, we don’t focus on parenting the “right way” versus the “wrong way”—we focus on ineffective parenting versus effective parenting. Spanking is not effective in getting kids to follow rules or change their behavior. Experts at the University of Texas and University of Michigan agree. Just last month, researchers released a compelling study… Read more »

Summer Break Parenting Resources

Summer Break Parenting Resources

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!”

“Help! My Kid Complains Constantly!”

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 »

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A House Divided Against Itself

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 »