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 »

Parenting a Kid with ADHD: Focus on the Good

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 »

What to Say to Motivate Your Teenager

What to Say to Motivate Your Teenager

This mom sums up what a lot of people are experiencing: “My child will not take her college applications seriously! She has to take an interest in her grades, her college applications, her test scores. She just blows it off. Why won’t she take this stuff seriously?! It’s HER future!” Sound familiar? You want your… Read more »