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Sara Bean, M.Ed.

Sara Bean (Opperman), M.Ed. is an educator, school counselor, and former Empowering Parents Parent Coach.

Sara is the author of more than two dozen articles on our site.

Experience

Sara is a Certified School Counselor and has been a school counselor in the West Carrollton, Ohio school district since 2012.

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.

Education

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.

Keeping Kids Safe from Predators Online and Offline

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Jerry Sandusky. Michael Jackson. Mary Kay Letourneau. All of these individuals were accused and/or convicted of committing unspeakable crimes against children. While certainly upsetting, these high profile cases are a good opportunity to spark a conversation with your kids about staying safe, as parents are the first and most powerful line of defense against predators.... Read more »

4 Steps to Managing Your Child’s Screen Time

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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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5 Natural Consequences You Should Let Your Child Face

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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 »

Monitoring Your Children? 4 Areas Not to Ignore

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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 »

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