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

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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 »

Two Steps Forward, One Step Back

By Marissa Stephens, Parent Coach

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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 »

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Feeling unappreciated?

By Marissa Stephens, Parent Coach

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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

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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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If you speed, you get a ticket…

By Marissa Stephens, Parent Coach

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We talk a lot about "natural consequences" at Empowering Parents, but what does it really mean? Doesn’t it mean I’m a bad parent if I let my kid fail? No! You’re a great parent because you’re teaching your child valuable life skills. Parents ineffectively prepare kids for adulthood by not allowing them to face the natural consequences of... Read more »

3 Phrases to Motivate Your Kid

By Marissa Stephens, Parent Coach

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Now that school is back in session, are you feeling the weight of trying to motivate your child to get out of bed, do homework or study? Perhaps the more you nag, bribe or scold, the more resistant your child becomes? You’re not alone! It can be very difficult to respond to kids who appear to... Read more »