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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.

What to Do When Nothing Is Working

Some days, parenting is like running through a maze...no matter where you turn, each path feels longer and more tiring than the last. Just as you get closer to a solution, a new obstacle blocks your way. You've hit a wall with your child's behavior. “I’ve tried everything. He’ll never change...I just don’t know what else... Read more »

Don’t Panic! Help for Parental Anxiety

It's late. No matter how hard you try, sleep won't come. Each time you close your eyes, your mind wanders… He's disorganized and unmotivated...how will he keep a job? He treats me like dirt...how could he possibly handle a relationship, or start a family? ...and the list goes on. When battling behavior problems, it's easy to think a... Read more »

The Upside to Bad Behavior

Life is busy, isn’t it? We often get caught up in what needs to get done and focus our attention on what isn’t working, or what needs to change. This can get exhausting! By giving yourself a break and finding the positive in power struggles, you can take some of the weight off your shoulders. At... Read more »

If you speed, you get a ticket…

We talk a lot about "natural consequences" at Empowering Parents, but what does it really mean? Doesn’t it mean I’m a bad parent if I let my kid fail? No! You’re a great parent because you’re teaching your child valuable life skills. Parents ineffectively prepare kids for adulthood by not allowing them to face the natural consequences of... Read more »

Good behavior isn’t “magic”

Just because you're angry doesn't mean you get to punch a hole in the wall, right? Right — but what if your child doesn’t know what to do instead of punching a hole in the wall? What if that's the only way they know how to deal with feeling angry? We all experience anger (road rage, anyone?),... Read more »

3 Phrases to Motivate Your Kid

Now that school is back in session, are you feeling the weight of trying to motivate your child to get out of bed, do homework or study? Perhaps the more you nag, bribe or scold, the more resistant your child becomes? You’re not alone! It can be very difficult to respond to kids who appear to... Read more »