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4 Ways to Make Natural Consequences Work

By Denise Rowden, Parent Coach

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At Empowering Parents, we’re often asked about appropriate consequences. But in many cases, the most effective consequences require you to do nothing at all. Most of us learn nicely from our mistakes or missteps. If we drive too fast, we might get a ticket – an expensive lesson. Our children are no different. They learn well... Read more »

Coach Advice: Listen to Your Worries!

By Darlene Beaulieu, Parent Coach

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As a parent coach, I talk to a lot of parents who are full of worry about their child’s future. Parents worry a lot—and that’s a good thing! Parental concern is nature’s way of making sure we attend to our child’s needs. Worry keeps us involved and attuned to our kids. It can even give us... Read more »

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Chronic Negativity in Kids: 4 Survival Tips

By Denise Rowden, Parent Coach

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Let’s face it, we all have bad days. And sometimes kids seem to have never-ending bad days! Nothing ever seems good enough or makes them happy. Kids can get stuck in negative patterns, especially during certain stages of development. Here’s how to deal with chronic negativity at home. 1. Know that Negativity is Part of Normal Development... Read more »

The Gift of Unhappiness

By Darlene Beaulieu, Parent Coach

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When I was eight years old, my friend was invited to a neighborhood birthday party and I wasn’t. There was ice cream cake and the promise of a piñata. I was devastated. My parents could have asked the neighbors to invite me. They could have sent me along to the party uninvited. They could have come... Read more »

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Coach Advice: Stick to the Facts

By Denise Rowden, Parent Coach

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As a parent coach (and a mother), I remind myself and others to “stick to the facts” when parenting in difficult situations. What is "Stick to the Facts?" "Stick to the facts" is shorthand for focusing on your child’s behavior - not the way that behavior makes you and your child feel. Why Should I "Stick to the... Read more »

What Behaviors Can You Ignore?

By RebeccaW, Parent Coach

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When my son was three years old, I carried him to the car every morning with bare feet. In the freezing cold, in the rain, in the snow. Before this started, putting on shoes to leave the house was a screaming battle. One morning I thought, why am I fighting this? I scooped up my barefoot... Read more »

Build Your Parenting Team

By Denise Rowden, Parent Coach

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Imagine a crowd cheering you on each day as you parent your kids. They encourage you, support you, and maybe take over for a bit when you need a break. As parents, we need all the support we can get. That’s why I talk to parents about “building their team.” Who can be your cheerleaders? Who... Read more »

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