Elisabeth Wilkins

Elisabeth Wilkins was the editor of Empowering Parents and the mother of an 10-year-old son. Her work has appeared in national and international publications, including Mothering, Motherhood (Singapore), Hausfrau, The Bad Mother Chronicles, and The Japan Times. Elisabeth holds a Masters in Fine Arts in Creative Writing from the University of Southern Maine.

Articles by Elisabeth Wilkins

Mom’s Short Fuse: Yelling at My Family Way Too Much

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Mom confession time: I have lost it and yelled (screamed, really) at my family nearly every day this past week. Each time it happens, my husband and son look at me like I've just turned into Joe Pesci from Goodfellas.  This is satisfying in the moment, I'll admit: "Behold, Mom's wrath!" -- but after that wears off, I'm usually ... Read more »

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What Does the Word “Father” Mean to You?

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How would you define what the word "father" means to you? To me, it's a man who loves his kids enough to let them make mistakes. A father is a guide and teacher, but he also cares enough to say "no" to his child even when he or she might hate him for it in the moment. That's because a father tries to do the... Read more »

Are We Raising a Generation of Spoiled Kids?

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"Take out the garbage. I've asked you five times. Do it now!" When I spoke these words to my 9-year-old this afternoon, he rolled his eyes, paused his Super Mario game and stomped off to do the chore I'd been asking him to do since morning. If left to his own devices, my guess is that my son would be playing... Read more »

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Free Downloadables! Child Behavior Charts: How to Use Them Effectively

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When families call parent coaching, just about every call we get involves a question about consequences. Many parents struggle to find effective consequences while overlooking the importance of using rewards. We recommend establishing rewards or "incentive systems" for kids, which can be done easily using a behavior chart. Behavior charts are important to consider for several... Read more »

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In Memory of James Lehman

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This tribute was written when James Lehman passed away in 2010. We hope you, like so many parents and families who have discovered James' work, will find something in James' legacy that helps you on your own parenting journey. *** “Nothing makes me happier than helping my friends.” Nearly every time we talked, James Lehman said those words... Read more »

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