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EP Story Contest: What's the Best Parenting Advice You've Ever Received?

Posted by Elisabeth Wilkins

Hands down, I believe the best parenting advice I’ve ever received was from James Lehman, when he said, “Always ask yourself, ‘What does my child need from me right now?’ Sometimes he might need a hug, but sometimes what your child really needs is for you to set a limit and stick with it.” That advice has helped me stay on track countless times as a parent.

What about you? What’s the best parenting advice you’ve ever received — and how has it helped you and your family? Tell us in 250 words or less and win our top three parenting programs: The Total Transformation, Calm Parent AM & PM, and The ODD Lifeline. A team of judges from our EP Editorial Staff and our 1-on-1 Coaching team will choose 10 lucky winners. Winning entries will be posted on our blog and Facebook page.

Email your entry to us by midnight, November 27, 2012 at Please be sure to include your entry in the body of the email you send us. Winning entries will be notified by December 11, 2012.

In the email, please include your name (or screen name, if you prefer) the age(s) of your child or children, and the person you received the advice from. (For example, grandmother, teacher, author, etc.)

We can’t wait to hear — and share — your words with our readers! Good luck.


About Elisabeth Wilkins

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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