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This is the place to read blog posts from our experts and from Empowering Parents' team of dedicated Parent Bloggers, who write about their own experiences raising their children. Comment, ask questions, and share advice.

3 Tips for New School Year Complaints

“But I don’t want to start school!” I’ve heard my teenage daughter utter that phrase at least a thousand times in the past week. Well, maybe not quite a thousand, but it sure felt like it! It was so hard to know how to respond. How could I reassure her that things will be okay, without ignoring... Read more »

Put a Plan in Place for Back-to-School

It’s that time of year again: back-to-school! It’s a joyous time for some parents: “Ah, my child who stayed up until 3 a.m. and slept in until noon will be getting back on a sleep schedule." "My child who left dirty lunch plates around the house while watching television and complaining about there being 'nothing to eat... Read more »

How I Prepared My Teen for the Demands of the Real World

My eldest daughter, Riley, recently turned seventeen. She’ll be starting her senior year of high school this September. College is right around the corner. Then she’ll be gone, out on her own, dealing with the real world: paying bills, living with roommates, and coping with plain old jerks. The thing is, I think she’ll deal well... Read more »

Teacher’s Aide Opens My Parenting Eyes

I’m so glad my aide, Chris, opened my eyes today. I teach third grade and have twenty-five eight and nine-year-olds scurrying about our room filled with desks, books and promise. At my school, I’m known for giving my students cool experiences that they will probably remember for years to come, as well as for being strict.... Read more »

Science Confirms Spanking Kids is Ineffective

At Empowering Parents, we don’t focus on parenting the “right way” versus the “wrong way”—we focus on ineffective parenting versus effective parenting. Spanking is not effective in getting kids to follow rules or change their behavior. Experts at the University of Texas and University of Michigan agree. Just last month, researchers released a compelling study on... Read more »

Summer Break Parenting Resources

Spring has arrived and summer is on the way! This is the season where Empowering Parents Coaches get a lot of questions about end-of-the-year academic struggles, proms, graduations, parties, curfews and summer plans. How do you set limits and expectations when you’re not home during the workday? Is it true that “everyone else” lets their kids stay out... Read more »