Instant Parenting Advice
Join our mailing list and get instant access to:
  • Child behavior tips
  • Course samples
  • Exclusive discounts
  • And more!

Jennie Wallace

Jennifer is freelance writer for The Wall Street Journal and several national magazines. Earlier in her career, she was a journalist for “60 Minutes.” She lives in New York with her husband and their three children, ages 9, 7 and 4. You can read her other work at

Should You Give Your Child an Allowance?

Most children are proud to have their art displayed on the refrigerator. My four-year-old son, on the other hand, is proud to sell me his art. "Oh Mom, you like this? Great, I'll sell it to you for $2." My three children, including the four-year-old, are looking for an allowance. Since we haven't started giving one... Read more »

How I Put My Kids on a Technology Diet

Walk into any restaurant and you'll see tables filled with people engaging...with their electronics—from parents looking down at their iPhones to kids playing with their tablets. According to a report from the Kaiser Family Foundation, children ages 8 to 18 spent an average of 7 hours and 38 minutes a day using entertainment media—that’s seven... Read more »

How to Discipline Someone Else’s Child

It used to be said that it took a village to raise a child.  But, not every parent shares that village view anymore, particularly when it involves disciplining other people’s children.  Whether you’re dealing with a playdate-gone-bad or a step-child who is crossing the line, remember, it’s OK to set limits and ask others to... Read more »

#LikeAGirl: How To Really Build Your Child’s Self-Esteem

Have you ever been told you run/throw/hit like a girl? Every woman I know has a “run-like-a-girl story”—a moment when their abilities were undermined and their self-esteem took a big hit. When the #LikeAGirl Always ad played at my Super Bowl party last night, it captured everyone’s attention, particularly those of us with daughters: As parents,... Read more »

How To Discipline Your Kids In Public

Parenting sometimes feels like theater, where everyone is a critic—and my family took center stage this past weekend. The morning started off so hopeful. I had all three kids and my husband on board to visit the Museum of Modern Art, which is close to where we live in New York. Minutes after our arrival, all three... Read more »

When To Reach Out To Your Child’s Teacher

Your daughter is having a tough time navigating the social dynamics at school. Your son sometimes gets so frustrated with his reading homework that he’s brought to tears. When exactly should you reach out to your child’s teacher? Maybe it’s the fear of adding to a teacher’s already overworked schedule or leftover deference from my Catholic... Read more »

How to Set a Goal with Your Child

I think of January like my very own reset button—a chance to reboot and start all over again. There’s something about the fresh start of a new year that makes change, goals and resolutions feel more attainable. Kids can be motivated by that clean slate effect, too. With this in mind, the experts at Empowering Parents have... Read more »

What Emotional Heirlooms Are You “Passing Down”?

With the holidays approaching, I’m starting to take out some favorite family heirlooms, like a bowl that was once my grandparents’ and wine glasses that were handed down to me by my beloved Aunt Mary. While holding these things from the past, I started thinking about all of the things we pass down to our children, not... Read more »

When Should You Let Your Child Quit?

My 9-year-old son William was clear from the start—he did not want to join a soccer league. My husband was just as clear—he wanted our children to learn the important life lessons you get from playing a team sport. Despite the nagging voice in my head that kept repeating, “You know this isn’t going to work,” we... Read more »

Meet New Contributing Editor and Mom Jennie Wallace

A note from Elisabeth Wilkins, EP Editor: I’d like to introduce you to the newest member of the Empowering Parents community. Jennie Wallace is a mom of three and a writer whose articles on parenting, family and cultural issues have appeared in The Wall Street Journal, Real Simple and other national publications. We were... Read more »