Denise Rowden, Parent Coach

Denise Rowden is a parent of two adult children and has been a parenting coach since 2011. She has worked in Special Education, Alternative Education and adolescent group homes. She has a BS in Psychology from the University of Southern Maine and is currently working on her Life Coach certification from the International Coach Federation.

Articles by Denise Rowden, Parent Coach

Mom losing authority by saying to daughter "wait until your father gets home"

How Parents Give Away Their Authority

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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. Your partner has no problem enforcing the rules. The kids actually listen to your partner. It all works out, right? Not always. If you consistently wait... Read more »

“Help! My Kid Complains Constantly!”

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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 as... Read more »

What to Say to Motivate Your Teenager

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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 child... Read more »

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Are You Doing Better Than You Think?

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It’s easy for parents to skip over some accomplishments and jump right to the next thing – the undone dishes, the afternoon homework battle – but learning to identify and celebrate your family’s success, even if it’s small, can really help to create positive momentum and lead to lasting change. Maybe this is the first morning... Read more »

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The Importance of Following Through

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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 hour earlier. That... Read more »

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4 Steps to More Patience as a Parent

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Patience. It’s something many of us in the Empowering Parents community wish we had more of. In my coaching sessions with parents, I often ask parents how they respond when their children act out. Most express the desire to develop more patience with their kids. But what exactly is patience? For many people, including me, patience... Read more »

Our 8 Best Parenting Tips for 2019

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Parenting is one job that never gets a holiday break. As families are celebrating holidays, parents are also coping with sibling bickering, backtalk, temper tantrums, and power struggles. Here at Empowering Parents, we hear about these struggles every day. The fact that you, as a parent, visit our website and are willing to reach out... Read more »

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