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.

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

How Parents Give Away Their Authority

By Denise Rowden, Parent Coach

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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!”

By Denise Rowden, Parent Coach

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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

By Denise Rowden, Parent Coach

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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 »

4 Ways to Make Natural Consequences Work

By Denise Rowden, Parent Coach

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At Empowering Parents, we’re often asked about appropriate consequences. But in many cases, the most effective consequences require you to do nothing at all. Most of us learn nicely from our mistakes or missteps. If we drive too fast, we might get a ticket – an expensive lesson. Our children are no different. They learn well... Read more »

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Chronic Negativity in Kids: 4 Survival Tips

By Denise Rowden, Parent Coach

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Let’s face it, we all have bad days. And sometimes kids seem to have never-ending bad days! Nothing ever seems good enough or makes them happy. Kids can get stuck in negative patterns, especially during certain stages of development. Here’s how to deal with chronic negativity at home. 1. Know that Negativity is Part of Normal Development... Read more »

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Coach Advice: Stick to the Facts

By Denise Rowden, Parent Coach

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As a parent coach (and a mother), I remind myself and others to “stick to the facts” when parenting in difficult situations. What is "Stick to the Facts?" "Stick to the facts" is shorthand for focusing on your child’s behavior - not the way that behavior makes you and your child feel. Why Should I "Stick to the... Read more »

Build Your Parenting Team

By Denise Rowden, Parent Coach

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Imagine a crowd cheering you on each day as you parent your kids. They encourage you, support you, and maybe take over for a bit when you need a break. As parents, we need all the support we can get. That’s why I talk to parents about “building their team.” Who can be your cheerleaders? Who... Read more »

Are You Doing Better Than You Think?

By Denise Rowden, Parent Coach

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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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