Dr. Maya Angelou passed away this week at the age of 86, and for some reason I feel like I lost a family member — that’s the effect her wisdom, grace and presence in the world had on people. Her words about what she learned in life inspired me to write my own list, today, in her honor. (I guess that’s what our… Read more »
As moms, we’re often told what we should be doing. If you believe the hype, we should be kind, loving, consistent, fun, smart, and strong, and never yell or lose our cool—all while cooking delicious meals, keeping our houses spotless, and bringing home the bacon. (If I’m lucky, I can hit one of these goals on a… Read more »
Humor has saved my marriage and my sanity on more than one occasion — and it often gets me through on a daily basis. My husband and I are imperfect parents and spouses; we definitely screw up royally sometimes. One thing we have always been able to do well, though, is laugh together.
No doubt you heard or read about the Rachael Canning case — the NJ teen who moved out and tried to sue her parents for living expenses, money to pay for her private high school, and future college expenses. (She has now moved home and dismissed her complaint.) No one knows all the details of… Read more »
Why does it seem like kids post absolutely everything they do online? And how can we talk to them about it as parents?
“I’m way more stressed out than you,” said my 11-year-old to me recently. “Grown-ups have it way easier than kids.” I argued with him about it for a few minutes (I mean, come on. Bills? Jobs? Keeping all the plates spinning every day?) before a little voice inside said to be quiet and just listen. And a few days… Read more »
There are the warm fuzzy moments of parenting that we all live for, but they can be few and far between — the sweet, unexpected hug; the handmade artwork you find on the kitchen table, the great conversation you have with your teen about life while driving to the grocery store. These moments are like gifts; they make you… Read more »
Here it is, your round-up of our top EP posts of 2013! This year, our bloggers talked about everything from adult children to mom guilt, defiance to grocery store showdowns — and they didn’t hold back. For our Top 10 list, we chose the posts that were viewed most by you, dear readers. Thank you for visiting Empowering Parents and… Read more »
“A butterfly has to break out of its cocoon and a bird has to claw its way out of the shell. They don’t get to the next stage of their lives passively. Change is hard, but remember—anyone can change at any time.” —James Lehman, MSW “Go back?” he thought. “No good at all. Go sideways? Impossible. Go… Read more »
The weekend after Thanksgiving, I was driving my son and his friend home after spending the day taking them to play laser tag at a local adventure zone-type place as a special treat. While there, I'd sprung for pizza and milk shakes. I figured I was in the running for "Mom of the Year" with that little… Read more »