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Sara Bean, M.Ed.

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.”

Media Mentions

Sara was quoted on BCParent.ca in “How to Help Kids Who Won’t Willingly Go to School” by Susan Cumberland.

Sara wrote the article “Balancing Cool with Productive School Factor” for beliefnet.com.

Articles by Sara Bean, M.Ed.

4 Steps to Managing Your Child’s Screen Time



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 »

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When to Let Your Child Face Natural Consequences



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 »

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Why Fixing Things For Your Child Doesn’t Help



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 »

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