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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.

How Old Is Too Old for Trick or Treating?

I'm embarrassed to admit that I was 16 the last time I went trick or treating. In a half-hearted attempt at a costume, my best friend Colleen and I "dressed up" in pajamas in a blatant and rather craven  bid for candy. Toward the end of the evening, an exasperated woman sputtered, "Aren't you two a little old... Read more »

Do ADHD Kids Have “Dimmer Prospects” in Life?

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 »

New Drug Alert: Deadly “Smiles” Gaining in Popularity Among Teens

A dangerous new drug known as "Smiles," or 2C-I, is gaining in popularity among teens in North America. The hallucinogenic drug (which, like Bath Salts, is a white crystal powder and is synthetically created)  has already claimed the lives of teenagers in North Dakota, Indiana and Minnesota. Elijah Stai, a 17-year-old who overdosed in June in Grand Forks, ND, was reportedly "shaking,... Read more »

Empowering Parents at BlogHer ’12!

If you're going to the BlogHer '12 Conference in New York this week, be sure to look us up! We are attending the conference for the first time this year, and I have to say, we are so excited to be going. Today I had to take a minute and really appreciate how far Empowering... Read more »