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Denise Rowden, 1-on-1 Coach

Denise Rowden is a parent of two teens: an 18-year-old daughter and a 19-year-old son. 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 Upside to Bad Behavior

Life is busy, isn’t it? We often get caught up in what needs to get done and focus our attention on what isn’t working, or what needs to change. This can get exhausting! By giving yourself a break and finding the positive in power struggles, you can take some of the weight off your shoulders. At... Read more »

Good behavior isn’t “magic”

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 »

Failure to Launch

Do you fear that down the road, your teenager won't be motivated to take on adult responsibilities like moving out, finding a job or paying bills? Or is your child over 18 and still disrespecting the rules of your home? You're not alone! The topic of adult children is a popular one at Empowering Parents. As... Read more »

Why Do Kids Lie?

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 »

New School Year, New Anxieties

Before becoming a 1-on-1 Coach, I worked as a Special Education teacher in public school and residential settings. For me, the start of the school year always held the promise of a fresh start and new adventures. Through my many interactions with parents, I know parental anxiety is a very real thing. A lot of parents look... Read more »

4 Steps to More Patience as a Parent

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 »

Our 8 Best Parenting Tips for 2015

Parenting is one job that never takes a holiday vacation. 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, are willing to reach out and share your challenges... Read more »