How Would You Parent Your Friend’s Child?

How Would You Parent Your Friend’s Child?

Would you like a break from the emotions of parenting? Here’s a little trick: Parent your friend’s child instead. Parenting is emotional. Our strong emotional connection to our children is a powerful and challenging part of parenting. Sometimes these emotions can blur our vision. Or just wear us down. When you need some perspective about… Read more »

4 Ways to Make Natural Consequences Work

4 Ways to Make Natural Consequences Work

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… Read more »

Coach Advice: Listen to Your Worries!

Coach Advice: Listen to Your Worries!

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, attuned to our kids and can even give us energy when we’re exhausted. Here’s how you can use worry to your advantage. When you find yourself overwhelmed… Read more »

Dealing with Chronic Negativity in Kids

Dealing with Chronic Negativity in Kids

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. Know that negativity is part of normal… Read more »

Social Media: How Does It Work in Your Family?

Social Media: How Does It Work in Your Family?

When Empowering Parents Coaches sat down to talk about social media and kids, we found we had many different ideas and opinions. It was a lively conversation! We talked about the right amount of social media use, the language kids use online, acceptable behavior, boundaries, monitoring (or not monitoring) kids’ activity, and so on. Social media… Read more »

The Gift of Unhappiness

The Gift of Unhappiness

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… Read more »

Coach Advice: Stick to the Facts

Coach Advice: Stick to the Facts

As a coach (and a mother), I remind myself and others to “stick to the facts” when parenting in difficult situations. What do I mean? “Stick to the facts” is shorthand for focusing on your child’s behavior – not the way that behavior makes you and your child feel. How can you make this happen?… Read more »