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.

The Importance of Following Through

By Denise Rowden, Parent Coach

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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 »

What to Do When Nothing Is Working

By Denise Rowden, Parent Coach

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Some days, parenting is like running through a maze...no matter where you turn, each path feels longer and more tiring than the last. Just as you get closer to a solution, a new obstacle blocks your way. You've hit a wall with your child's behavior. “I’ve tried everything. He’ll never change...I just don’t know what else... Read more »

Good behavior isn’t “magic”

By Denise Rowden, Parent Coach

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Just because you're angry doesn't mean you get to punch a hole in the wall, right? Right — but what if your child doesn’t know what to do instead of punching a hole in the wall? What if that's the only way they know how to deal with feeling angry? We all experience anger (road rage, anyone?),... Read more »

Why Do Kids Lie?

By Denise Rowden, Parent Coach

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Did you know it’s really common for kids to lie when they don’t know what else to do? As an Empowering Parents Coach and a parent myself, I’ve experienced this frustrating situation first-hand. Along the way, I’ve learned it can be helpful to recognize lying for what it is: a poor problem-solving skill. In order to stop... Read more »

4 Steps to More Patience as a Parent

By Denise Rowden, Parent Coach

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Patience. It’s something many of us in the Empowering Parents community wish we had more of. In a recent poll, we asked readers about how you respond when your children act out. An overwhelming number of parents expressed the desire to develop more patience with their kids. But what exactly is patience? For many people, me... Read more »

Thank You to the Rest of “The Village”

By Denise Rowden, Parent Coach

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I am fresh from a meeting with my daughter’s teachers to discuss her senior year. Overall, she’s doing pretty well. She has a good mix of classes and is keeping up relatively well with her coursework, save for a couple of missing assignments. Granted, her grades are not as stellar as they could be. She... Read more »

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