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.

Is SpongeBob Bad for Kids?

By Elisabeth Wilkins

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A new study in the Journal of Pediatrics says that cartoons like SpongeBob SquarePants have a detrimental effect on 4-year-old kids. Researchers divided kids into three groups: one group of children watch Caillou, a slower-themed show on public television, the second group was given crayons and paper to draw with, while the third watched SpongeBob.... Read more »

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

By Elisabeth Wilkins

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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

By Elisabeth Wilkins

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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 »

Help! What Do You Do When Your Child is Excluded?

By Elisabeth Wilkins

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School started off with a bang this year, and all seemed to be going well until last week, when my 5-year-old son began coming home and reporting that "no one would play with him" and "nobody wanted to be his friend." My stomach twisted into a knot as I watched him dejectedly kicking the rocks... Read more »

Is There a Responsible Adult Trapped Inside Your Teenager?

By Elisabeth Wilkins

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What would you say to a Harvard-trained psychologist who told you that your twelve or thirteen-year-old should be allowed to drive, get married, drink alcohol, and join the military and vote, among other things? Well, I thought the same thing until I read The Case Against Adolescence: Rediscovering the Adult in Every Teen and then... Read more »

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