Trouble at School? How Parents Can Respond

Trouble at School? How Parents Can Respond

School progress reports have arrived and it doesn’t look good. Your son is missing multiple assignments and his grades are dropping fast. You know he can do better, but every time you try to talk about it, you get angry or frustrated. How can you effectively respond to trouble at school? Now that we’re through… Read more »

Put a Plan in Place for Back-to-School

Put a Plan in Place for Back-to-School

It’s that time of year again: back-to-school! It’s a joyous time for some parents: “Ah, my child who stayed up until 3 a.m. and slept in until noon will be getting back on a sleep schedule.” “My child who left dirty lunch plates around the house while watching television and complaining about there being ‘nothing… Read more »

Science Confirms Spanking Kids is Ineffective

Science Confirms Spanking Kids is Ineffective

At Empowering Parents, we don’t focus on parenting the “right way” versus the “wrong way”—we focus on ineffective parenting versus effective parenting. Spanking is not effective in getting kids to follow rules or change their behavior. Experts at the University of Texas and University of Michigan agree. Just last month, researchers released a compelling study… Read more »

Summer Break Parenting Resources

Summer Break Parenting Resources

Spring has arrived and summer is on the way! This is the season where Empowering Parents Coaches get a lot of questions about end-of-the-year academic struggles, proms, graduations, parties, curfews and summer plans. How do you set limits and expectations when you’re not home during the workday? Is it true that “everyone else” lets their… Read more »

Finding Calm Time to Connect With Your Family

Finding Calm Time to Connect With Your Family

Last week a comment from a reader caught our attention and sparked a discussion among the coaches here. Our reader shared that she likes to take advantage of “car time” with her teenage daughter on the way to school. For this family, car rides can sometimes be a calm time to discuss topics small and… Read more »

Social Media: How Does It Work in Your Family?

Social Media: How Does It Work in Your Family?

When Empowering Parents Coaches sat down to talk about social media and kids, we found we had many different ideas and opinions. It was a lively conversation! We talked about the right amount of social media use, the language kids use online, acceptable behavior, boundaries, monitoring (or not monitoring) kids’ activity, and so on. Social media… Read more »