Marissa Stephens, Parent Coach

Marissa is a proud mom to two boys, age 12 and 8. She earned her degree in Sociology from Saint Joseph’s College of Maine and has been a 1-on-1 Coach since 2011. Prior to coming to Empowering Parents, Marissa gained experience working as the House Manager of a group home for teenage boys, as a Children’s Mental Health Case Manager, and also spent several years working on the Children’s Unit at a Psych. Hospital.

A House Divided Against Itself

By Marissa Stephens, Parent Coach


If you’re struggling with your co-parent (or an ex) – arguing about whose style is more correct, or more effective - you’re not alone. Coming to an agreement can be very difficult. And when you’re talking about parenting, emotions can certainly run very high. The good news is, you and your co-parent can find a way... Read more »

Coach Advice: Listen to Your Worries!

By Marissa Stephens, Parent Coach


As a parent coach, I talk to a lot of parents who are full of worry about their child’s future. Parents worry a lot! And that’s a good thing! Parental concern is nature’s way of making sure we attend to our child’s needs. Worry keeps us involved, attuned to our kids and can even give us... Read more »

Dealing with Chronic Negativity in Kids

By Marissa Stephens, Parent Coach


Let’s face it, we all have bad days. And sometimes kids seem to have never-ending bad days! Nothing ever seems good enough or makes them happy. Kids can get stuck in negative patterns, especially during certain stages of development. Here’s how to deal with chronic negativity at home. Know that negativity is part of normal development.... Read more »

A Tip for Picking an Effective Consequence

By Marissa Stephens, Parent Coach


A frequent question we hear from parents is, “What should I choose as a consequence?” Our answer is always to choose a task-specific consequence. These are the consequences that will help your child practice skills and behaviors that need improvement. Here’s an example of what we mean by task-specific. For example, instead of saying, “Clean your room now... Read more »

Two Steps Forward, One Step Back

By Marissa Stephens, Parent Coach


Earlier this week, we wrote about celebrating success with your family. But what if things suddenly seem to be getting worse? Don’t panic. Setbacks are a normal but difficult part of the change process. With a good plan, you’ll get through these tough times and back to celebrating more success. Here are some tips for when you... Read more »

Feeling unappreciated?

By Marissa Stephens, Parent Coach


After a long day at work, you come home exhausted. The chores you asked your child to do aren’t done — again. He comes up with excuse after excuse, and you’ve had enough. Feeling frustrated and unappreciated, you blurt out, “I work hard so I can put food on the table and clothes on your back,... Read more »

Understanding Emotional Triggers

By Marissa Stephens, Parent Coach


You specifically told your daughter to be home by 9pm. It’s almost 10 o’clock, and you’re sick with worry. As you pick up the phone to call her again, the front door opens. You can’t contain your emotion... Where have you been? Do you realize how worried I was? You never answered your phone! I said to... Read more »

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