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.

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

By Elisabeth Wilkins

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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 »

What Does the Word “Father” Mean to You?

By Elisabeth Wilkins

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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 »

Do ADHD Kids Have “Dimmer Prospects” in Life?

By Elisabeth Wilkins

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According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, between three and seven percent of school-aged children in the U.S. have ADHD. Child prescriptions for ADHD have climbed 50 percent in the last ten years. Many parents wonder, "If my child has this diagnosis today, will it affect him negatively as an adult?" While a new study points to... Read more »

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Are We Raising a Generation of Spoiled Kids?

By Elisabeth Wilkins

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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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