Sara Bean (Opperman), M.Ed. is an educator, a certified school counselor, and former Empowering Parents Parent Coach.
Sara is the author of more than two dozen articles on our site.
She has over 15 years of experience working with youth and families in private homes, residential group homes, and schools.
She is the proud mother of two children.
Sara holds Masters Degree in Education with a concentration in School Counseling from Florida Atlantic University and a BA in Psychology from the University of Southern Maine.
A Word from Sara Bean, M.Ed.
“You don’t have to be Superman, Wonder Woman, Mike Brady or June Cleaver. These are all fictional characters and you don’t have to try to be one of them. We all make mistakes. We all do things that we regret. And we are all imperfect parents. That’s okay. The great thing is that tomorrow is a new day and you can choose to forgive yourself. Just learn from your mistakes and move on.”
“I hate school! I’m not going.”
If you’re like most parents, you probably take the responsibility of getting your kids to school very seriously. And you get very angry and frustrated when they refuse to go.
This can easily turn into a power struggle if you feel this is a battle you have to win. It’s... Read more »
Is it just me or does it seem like children have lost their playfulness? Many of us can recall summer days spent playing games outside with friends, riding bikes, playing hopscotch, or making forts in the woods. Now, though, it seems that most kids prefer to lead a wired existence, constantly connected to some electronic... Read more »
When we think of peer pressure, we typically have a picture in our minds of a kid handing your child a cigarette, a joint, or a beer and saying something like, “Come on, just try it.” But at times peer pressure can be felt without a single word being spoken, like when a clique excludes... Read more »
Recently, a frustrated mom sat in my office and said, “I just don’t know what to do anymore. We’ve tried everything! There’s no punishment that gets through to our child; there’s nothing we can say that will fix her behavior. There’s so much going on we just don’t know where to start.” Sound familiar? Parents... Read more »
Guilt and parenthood just seem to go together. Maybe you lost control and screamed at your child today. Or perhaps you’re struggling to give your kids enough. Or you might even be worrying that you’re doing too much for your child.
Whatever the cause, most parents experience guilt regularly. I’ve talked with so many parents... Read more »
“I was looking forward to summer, but it’s been a nightmare,” said an exhausted mom I talked to recently. “The kids make messes around the house, play video games and fight all day. My 16-year-old is defying me at every turn and ignores me when I give her consequences. I’m at my boiling point every... Read more »
As spring kicks into high gear, many parents struggle with the anxiety they associate with prom and graduation season. Parents of chronically misbehaved kids might wonder, “Does my child even deserve this privilege?” Other parents are nervous that their child might do drugs, drink, have sex—or all of the above. The high cost of prom... Read more »
You hear that you should let your child face natural consequences, but what exactly does this mean? Many parents struggle with this concept because they don’t fully understand what constitutes a "natural" consequence. And sometimes parents have difficulty relinquishing control because they feel they always have to get their child to obey.
I’ve talked to many... Read more »
One of the most difficult questions we ask ourselves as parents is, "When should I jump in and monitor my child, and when should I step back and allow them some privacy?" I've worked with many parents who were shocked to find out their child felt depressed, was smoking pot or drinking, or had falling... Read more »
Over the years, I’ve talked with countless parents who “fixed” things for their children—cleaning their rooms, picking up left-behind messes around the house, apologizing for their kids, easing their disappointments, or even typing their teen’s school papers because they could “type faster.” I recall talking to a mother who would stop what she was doing... Read more »