Debbie Pincus’s “The Calm Parent: AM & PM” Program Wins Parent Tested, Parent Approved Award


Congratulations are in order for Debbie Pincus, MS LMHC, longtime contributor to Empowering Parents and the creator of The Calm Parent: AM and PM program! It was announced earlier this week that The Calm Parent has been given a coveted “Parent Tested, Parent Approved” award.

This unbiased award is decided by parent volunteers across North America, who test products for Parent Tested, Parent Approved in their own homes to ensure that the PTPA Seal of Approval is based upon “merit and consumer experience,” according to the organization.

Debbie Pincus, whose articles on how to parent more calmly in any situation have been some of the most popular on Empowering Parents,  created the program “to show parents the keys to building strong and lasting relationships with their children. My goal is to help them learn how to stop yelling, nagging and fighting — and feeling anxious and overwhelmed by their kids’ behavior.” With more than 25 years of experience helping parents, kids and families, in The Calm Parent Debbie gives practical, real-world examples to help parents learn how to respond to difficult family issues and power struggles and to create peaceful and calm relationships with their children. “I’m thrilled to have received the PTPA award,” said Pincus.

Said one parent tester, “This program will open your eyes and make you see parenting, your child and yourself in a way you never have before! If you take the time to REALLY listen and then apply what you learn – you WILL see a difference and you WILL create a calm, loving, respectful, atmosphere within your home and when it really comes down to it, isn’t that we all strive for? We give The Calm Parent Program an A+.”

Congratulations, Debbie! The entire Empowering Parents staff is so proud of you and the wonderful, ground-breaking program you created.

“When consumers search for our Seal of Approval on product packaging and web sites, they are essentially searching for validation from their peers. Their peers will have objectively tested and approved these products based on their performance in a real life environment. That type of resource for families is priceless.”


Elisabeth Wilkins was the editor of Empowering Parents and the mother of an 10-year-old son. Her work has appeared in national and international publications, including Mothering, Motherhood (Singapore), Hausfrau, The Bad Mother Chronicles, and The Japan Times. Elisabeth holds a Masters in Fine Arts in Creative Writing from the University of Southern Maine.

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