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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.

A Tip for Picking an Effective Consequence

A frequent question we hear from parents is, “What should I choose as a consequence?” Our answer is always to choose a task-specific consequence. These are the consequences that will help your child practice skills and behaviors that need improvement. Here’s an example of what we mean by task-specific. For example, instead of saying, “Clean your room now... Read more »

A Tip to Stop Power Struggles

If there’s a surefire technique in parenting, we think this is it: Leave the room when things get heated. We hear from parents all the time about power struggles with their children. Kids won’t get out of bed. They refuse to do their homework. Toddlers fight putting their shoes on. The list goes on, but the solution... Read more »

Parenting Mistake? Let’s Fix It.

Can you relate to this? Here’s a typical situation our coaching team hears from parents: “Last night was awful. My son came home two hours after curfew and when I tried to talk to him, he started making excuses and blaming me for making the curfew too early. I got so mad, we started yelling at... Read more »

Two Steps Forward, One Step Back

Earlier this week, we wrote about celebrating success with your family. But what if things suddenly seem to be getting worse? Don’t panic. Setbacks are a normal but difficult part of the change process. With a good plan, you’ll get through these tough times and back to celebrating more success. Here are some tips for when you... Read more »

Are You Doing Better Than You Think?

It’s easy for parents to skip over some accomplishments and jump right to the next thing – the undone dishes, the afternoon homework battle – but learning to identify and celebrate your family’s success, even if it’s small, can really help to create positive momentum and lead to lasting change. Maybe this is the first morning... Read more »

Losing Control of Your Daily Life?

As a parent, are you frustrated that you’ve lost control and freedom in your day-to-day life? This is something a lot of people feel, but not many talk about. Things that used to be easy—going to the grocery store, deciding what to watch on TV, visiting Grandma—can be challenging and sometimes just don’t happen. A friend recently... Read more »

Do This One Thing Right Now

Find a piece of paper and write down one thing you want to change in your parenting or family life this year. Not a list of resolutions, or everything that’s going wrong right now. Just one change you want to make over the next few months. Done? Just one thing. You’ll be amazed at what can happen... Read more »

Feeling unappreciated?

After a long day at work, you come home exhausted. The chores you asked your child to do aren’t done — again. He comes up with excuse after excuse, and you’ve had enough. Feeling frustrated and unappreciated, you blurt out, “I work hard so I can put food on the table and clothes on your back,... Read more »