PEP Parent Education

 

What We Are

The Parent Encouragement Program (PEP) is a nonprofit, educational organization established in 1982, providing classes, events and other educational resources to parents and all who care for children, toddlers through teens.

Who We Serve

We serve parents, grandparents, caregivers and teachers from all communities and at every stage of family life.

What We Offer

Our programs include classes, workshops, community talks and presentations by noted authors. We provide access to books and other resources detailing a practical, proven approach to childrearing.



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NOVEMBER PEP Talk

posted Nov 15, 2017, 1:18 PM by GMC Webmaster   [ updated Nov 15, 2017, 1:18 PM ]

 
 
 
In This Issue

  • Instilling An Attitude of Gratitude
  • Your Anxious Child
  • PEP's Noted Author Talks on Anxiety
 
 
 
 
Dealing with Anger In Your Relationship 
 
 
 
 
Cooperating constructively is essential for growth, both individually and as a couple. Learn how to handle angry feelings and express them in respectful, healthy ways. Join us at PEP for the workshop "Dealing with Anger in your Relationship" this Saturday, November 18 from 7 to 10 pm. Register at PEPparent.org or call us at 301-929-8824.
 
 
 
 
Online Workshops from PEP
 
 
Join us LIVE, and visit our online library!

Nov 29 | Raising "I Can" Kids | 9-10pmET

$25 ($22.50 PEP member). Can't make it live? We'll tape it so you can view the video at your convenience. Register here.
 
 
 
 
 
Discover the How-To's of Running A Family Meeting
 
 
 
 
Come with your children to learn how to conduct a regular family meeting that results in each member's listening and being heard, greater cooperation, shared responsibility and problems solved.
"The How-To's for Running a Family Meeting" will be held at PEP this Saturday, Nov 18 from 9:30 am to noon. It's for all family members age 6 and up. Prerequisite: one family member must have completed or be close to completing PEP I OR More Tools for Parenting Preschoolers OR Thriving with Teens. Register at PEPparent.org or call us at 301-929-8824.
 
 
 
 
 
Do You Wonder, "Why Are We Always Late?" 
 
 
 
 
Hurry up and join us for PEP's Open Forum Counseling session on Friday, Nov 17 from 7:30 to 9:30 pm. It's a special workshop for families and their children who are 9 or older. Moderator and Adlerian therapist Barbara Fairfield, LCMFT, will educate the audience using real-life challenges. Come and discover what works and what doesn't work to get everyone there on time. Register at PEPparent.org or call us at 301-929-8824.
 
 
 
 
Instilling An Attitude Of Gratitude In Your Children
 
 
 
 
"Whatever our individual troubles and challenges may be, it’s important to pause every now and then to appreciate all that we have, on every level. We need to literally “count our blessings,” give thanks for them, allow ourselves to enjoy them, and relish the experience of prosperity we already have." — Shakti Gawain

Thanksgiving offers parents a wonderful opportunity to continue instilling an attitude of gratitude in their children. HuffPost has 11 Tips for Instilling True Gratitude in Your Kids that include: set a good example by saying “thank you” sincerely and often; encourage them to give back; and resist the urge to shower them with too much "stuff." These are only a few of the ways we can help our children to feel truly blessed this Thanksgiving and all year long.

 
 
 
 

How To Help Your Anxious Child 

 
 
 
 
It's normal and even helpful to worry on occasion, but what should parents do when anxiety becomes more frequent and troubling? Psychologist Lawrence J. Cohen, Ph.D. has explored this question in two highly regarded books, "Playful Parenting" and "The Opposite of Worry," which have been translated into 14 languages. Dr. Cohen talks with Katherine Reynolds Lewis about how parents can manage the recent surge in childhood anxiety.

Read more here. (Photo credit: GeorgeRudy/ Bigstock.com)
 
 
 
 PEP Hosts Two Renowned Parenting Speakers This Week
 
 
 
 
PEP is hosting two parenting authors this week who will speak about how parents can help their children manage and handle stress.

Michael Bradley, author of Crazy-Stressed: Saving Today’s Overwhelmed Teens, will talk about how parents can recognize when their teens are over stressed. 

For parents of children ages 2 to 12
Lawrence Cohen, author of The Opposite of Worry will present a special set of tools to handle childhood anxiety through simple and effective strategies that build connection through fun, play, and empathy.
 
 
 
 

10100 Connecticut Avenue, Kensington, MD 20895
 301.929.8824 |  PEPparent.org
 
 
          
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2017 Noted Parenting Author Series:
 
 

PEP: Nurture and prepare the next generation

posted Oct 10, 2017, 1:56 PM by GMC Webmaster   [ updated Oct 10, 2017, 1:56 PM ]

 
 
"The foremost task of family life is to nurture and prepare the next generation of children to prosper in their particular culture."
- Linda Jessup and Emory Luce Baldwin
 
 
 
 

Rediscover the joy of parenting! In this class you will learn about your child’s development and what it means to be an effective parent in today’s world. You will learn to set limits and get tools to solve behavior problems calmly and consistently. Positive discipline methods—and how to apply them-- can help you to address tantrums, power struggles, and other misbehavior.

Weekend Bootcamp

Fri, Oct 20, 6:30 - 9:30 pm & Sat, Oct 21, 8:30 am - 4:30 pm
Clarendon United Methodist Church, Arlington, VA
$279 | $251.10 member • Text: $18.01 | $16.21 member


Each family is different, but all parents experience confusion, annoyance and anger about their children’s behavior. From the very first class your stress will ease as you understand why your children misbehave as well as changes you can make to bring more order, calm, and fun back into your family life. You will learn a framework for positive parenting and the practical skills to raise responsible, cooperative, successful children.

Weekend Bootcamp 

Friday, Oct 20, 6:30 - 9:30 pm & Saturday, Oct 21, 8:30 am - 4:30 pm
Oakwood School, Annandale, VA
$279  |  $251.10 member • Text: $18.01 |  $16.21 member
 
 
 
 

Being a parent triggers intense feelings—and triggers ALL of them. Every parent gets angry, and while many of us enter our parenting journey knowing it will happen, the intensity of it when it does happen can be breathtaking. It can be confounding to figure out how to react in a healthy way when we’re angry.

Here at PEP, we understand! In this class—one of our most popular—you will get tools so you can effectively model for your child that being angry doesn’t need to be scary. Anger, like every emotion, can be channeled in positive ways, and you CAN learn to change your thoughts, words, and actions for an outcome that is constructive and that strengthens your connections.

Thursdays | 7:30 - 9:30 pm | Oct 26 - Nov 9 
Oakwood School, Annandale, VA
$98 l $88.20
 
 
 
 

Do you need to know why we are having an online workshop about morning mayhem? Leaving the house in the morning is a hot spot for many families. “Next to bedtime, it’s the part of the day I dread the most,” is something we often hear (and have experienced!). Learn how you can positively motivate your child to be ready to roll–on time–without nagging, yelling, or bribing.

Wednesday | 9 to 10 pm ET | Oct 11 | $25 ($22.50 PEP member)

Can’t attend live? We’ll tape it so you can watch it at your convenience!

Register here or call PEP at 301-929-8824.
 
 
 
 
10100 Connecticut Avenue, Kensington, MD 20895  |  301.929.8824  |  PEPparent.org
 
 
          

PEP: Prepare your children for life

posted Oct 10, 2017, 1:55 PM by GMC Webmaster   [ updated Oct 10, 2017, 1:55 PM ]

 
 
"We cannot protect our children from life. Therefore, it is essential to prepare them for it."
- Rudolf Dreikurs
 
 
 
 

Each family is different, but all parents experience confusion, annoyance and anger about their children’s behavior. From the very first class your stress will ease as you understand why your children misbehave as well as changes you can make to bring more order, calm, and fun back into your family life. You will learn a framework for positive parenting and the practical skills to raise responsible, cooperative, successful children.

Kensington, at PEP  
Thursdays | 10 am - noon | Oct 5 - Nov 30 (skips 11/23)
Thursdays | 7:30 - 9:30 pm | Oct 5 - Nov 30 (skips 11/23)

​​​​​​​Washington, at Temple Micah
Tuesdays | 9:45 - 11:45 am | Oct 3 - Nov 28 (skips 11/22)

Weekend Bootcamp at PEP
Friday, Oct 20, 6:30 - 9:30 pm & Saturday, Oct 21, 8:30 am - 4:30 pm

$279  |  $251.10 member • Text: $16.96  |  $15.26 member
 
 
 
 

Do you feel like you are struggling with your child’s behavior more than ever? You’re not alone! In this workshop-- based on five years of research into the country’s most successful discipline techniques-- you will get tools to teach your child self-regulation and establish warm but firm limits in your home.
This workshop is presented by Katherine "Kakki" Reynolds Lewis, the author of the most-read Mother Jones article “The End of Punishment” and the forthcoming book, The Good News About Bad Behavior: Why Kids Are Less Disciplined Than Ever—and What to Do About It.

Wednesday | 7:30 - 9:30 pm | Oct 11 | Kensington | $35 or $31.50 member
 
 
 
 

Being a parent triggers intense feelings—and triggers ALL of them. Every parent gets angry, and while many of us enter our parenting journey knowing it will happen, the intensity of it when it does happen can be breathtaking. It can be confounding to figure out how to react in a healthy way when we’re angry.

Here at PEP, we understand! In this class—one of our most popular—you will get tools so you can effectively model for your child that being angry doesn’t need to be scary. Anger, like every emotion, can be channeled in positive ways, and you CAN learn to change your thoughts, words, and actions for an outcome that is constructive and that strengthens your connections.

Fridays | 10 am – 12 pm | Oct 13 – 27 | Kensington
Wednesdays | 7 - 9 pm | Nov 1 - 15 | Kensington
$98 l $88.20
 
 
 
 

Do you need to know why we are having an online workshop about morning mayhem? Leaving the house in the morning is a hot spot for many families. “Next to bedtime, it’s the part of the day I dread the most,” is something we often hear (and have experienced!). Learn how you can positively motivate your child to be ready to roll–on time–without nagging, yelling, or bribing.

Wednesday | 9 to 10 pm ET | Oct 11 | $25 ($22.50 PEP member)

Can’t attend live? We’ll tape it so you can watch it at your convenience!

Register here or call PEP at 301-929-8824.
 
 
 
 
10100 Connecticut Avenue, Kensington, MD 20895  |  301.929.8824  |  PEPparent.org
 
 
         

PEP: It's not too late

posted Oct 10, 2017, 1:53 PM by GMC Webmaster   [ updated Oct 10, 2017, 1:54 PM ]

 
 
"Your teen is no longer a child—and not yet an adult. Neither of you can go back in time. Is it too late to help your teenager grow more confident, responsible, and cooperative? No."
— Don Dinkmeyer, Sr., et al, Parenting Teenagers
 
 
 
 

Do you feel like you are struggling with your child’s behavior more than ever? You’re not alone! In this workshop-- based on five years of research into the country’s most successful discipline techniques-- you will get tools to teach your child self-regulation and establish warm but firm limits in your home. This workshop is presented by Katherine "Kakki" Reynolds Lewis, the author of the most-read Mother Jones article “The End of Punishment” and the forthcoming book, The Good News About Bad Behavior: Why Kids Are Less Disciplined Than Ever—and What to Do About It.

Wednesday | 7:30 - 9:30 pm | Oct 11 | Kensington | $35 or $31.50 member
 
 
 
 
 

Being a parent triggers intense feelings—and triggers ALL of them. Every parent gets angry, and while many of us enter our parenting journey knowing it will happen, the intensity of it when it does happen can be breathtaking. It can be confounding to figure out how to react in a healthy way when we’re angry.

Here at PEP, we understand! In this class—one of our most popular—you will get tools so you can effectively model for your child that being angry doesn’t need to be scary. Anger, like every emotion, can be channeled in positive ways, and you CAN learn to change your thoughts, words, and actions for an outcome that is constructive and that strengthens your connections.

Fridays | 10 am – 12 pm | Oct 13 – 27 | Kensington
Wednesdays | 7 - 9 pm | Nov 1 - 15 | Kensington
$98 l $88.20
 
 
 
 
 

If you’re looking at this workshop and thinking, “does anyone’s child know that no means no?!” the answer is yes, some children do. In this whole wide world, there must be one. If your child isn’t that one, come learn with other families at PEP's Open Forum Counseling about what to do when children argue, bargain, and refuse to accept it when their parents say, "no means no."

Saturday | 6:30 - 8:30 pm | October 14 | Kensington
For families including children age 9 and older with their parents. 
$15/adult, $5/child 9 and up, or $30/family (Free for PEP Members.)
 
 
 
 

Do you need to know why we are having an online workshop about morning mayhem? Leaving the house in the morning is a hot spot for many families. “Next to bedtime, it’s the part of the day I dread the most,” is something we often hear (and have experienced!). Learn how you can positively motivate your child to be ready to roll–on time–without nagging, yelling, or bribing.

Wednesday | 9 to 10 pm ET | Oct 11 | $25 ($22.50 PEP member)

Can’t attend live? We’ll tape it so you can watch it at your convenience!

Register here or call PEP at 301-929-8824.
 
 
 
 
10100 Connecticut Avenue, Kensington, MD 20895  |  301.929.8824  |  PEPparent.org
 
 
          

Parents of Preschoolers: Don't Miss These PEP Classes!

posted Oct 10, 2017, 1:52 PM by GMC Webmaster   [ updated Oct 10, 2017, 1:52 PM ]

 
 
"We can offer our children trust, dignity, and respect. We can have faith in them 
and their ability to learn and grow."
-Positive Discipline for Preschoolers by Jane Nelson et al
 
 
 
 
Rediscover the joy of parenting! In this class you will learn about your child’s development and what it means to be an effective parent in today’s world. You will learn to set limits and get tools to solve behavior problems calmly and consistently. Positive discipline methods—and how to apply themcan help you to address tantrums, power struggles, and other misbehavior.

Kensington, at PEP  

Tuesdays | 7 - 9 pm | Oct 3 - Nov 28 (skips 10/31)
$279  |  $251.10 member • Text: $18.01  |  $16.21 member

Wednesdays | 9:30 - 11:30 am | Oct 11 - Dec 6 (skips 11/22) 
For this Wednesday morning class, use code PRE17F for 30% off. Our normal class fee is $279with the discount you pay $195.30. 
Text: $18.01  |  $16.21 member

Saturday, Oct 21, 28 and Nov 4 | 9 am - 2 pm
$279  |  $251.10 member • Text: $18.01  |  $16.21 member
 
 
 
 
 

Do you feel like you are struggling with your child’s behavior more than ever? You’re not alone! In this workshop—based on five years of research into the country’s most successful discipline techniques—you will get tools to teach your child self-regulation and establish warm but firm limits in your home. 

This workshop is presented by Katherine "Kakki" Reynolds Lewis, the author of the most-read Mother Jones article “The End of Punishment” and the forthcoming book, The Good News About Bad Behavior: Why Kids Are Less Disciplined Than Ever—and What to Do About It.

Wednesday, Oct 11 | 7:30 - 9:30 pm | Kensington | $35 | $31.50 member
 
 
 
 
 
Managing Anger (3 Sessions)

Being a parent triggers intense feelings—and triggers ALL of them. Every parent gets angry, and while many of us enter our parenting journey knowing it will happen, the intensity of it when it does happen can be breathtaking. It can be confounding to figure out how to react in a healthy way when we’re angry. 

Here at PEP, we understand! In this class—one of our most popular—you will get tools so you can effectively model for your child that being angry doesn’t need to be scary. Anger, like every emotion, can be channeled in positive ways, and you CAN learn to change your thoughts, words, and actions for an outcome that is constructive and that strengthens your connections.

Fridays | 10 am – 12 pm | Oct 13 – 27 | Kensington
Wednesdays | 7 - 9 pm | Nov 1 - 15 | Kensington
$98 l $88.20
 
 
 
 
Online: Getting Out of the House in the Morning!

Do you really need to know why we are having an online workshop about morning mayhem? “Next to bedtime, it’s the part of the day I dread the most,” is something we often hear (and have experienced!).

Leaving the house in the morning is a hot spot for many families. Learn how you can positively motivate your child to be ready to roll on time and without nagging, yelling, or bribing.

Wednesday, October 11 | 9 to 10 pm ET | $25 ($22.50 PEP member)

Can’t attend live? We’ll tape it so you can watch it at your convenience!

Register here or call PEP at 301-929-8824.
 
 
 
 
10100 Connecticut Avenue, Kensington, MD 20895  |  301.929.8824  |  PEPparent.org
 
 
          

September PEP Talk

posted Oct 10, 2017, 1:49 PM by GMC Webmaster   [ updated Oct 10, 2017, 1:50 PM ]

 
 
 
In This Issue

  • Better Questions
  • 13 Reasons Why
  • Making Lunch
 
 
 
 
10% Off: Two-Day Special Discount on PEP Core Classes
 
 
 
 
Don't miss out! Sign up for any of our Fall core classes by midnight on Friday (9/22) and take a 10% discount! Discount code: PEPNOW17F   
 
 
 
  
 
Join us LIVE and ONLINE this Fall!



Oct 25 | Really Helping with Homework | 9-10pmET

Can't make it live? We'll tape it so you can view the video at your convenience. Register here.
 
 
 
 
 
Noted Parenting Author Series 
November 16 and 17
 
 
 
 
PEP is thrilled to host Crazy-Stressed author Michael J. Bradley on November 16 and Lawrence J. Cohen, author of The Opposite of Worry on November 17 for its Noted Parenting Authortalks. 
 
 
 
 
Better Questions To Ask Your Child About School
 
 
 
 
When you ask your child how her day was, does she respond with one word: "fine?" If so, it may be time for you to try some new questions at the end of the day. Understood.org recommends trying some of these questions:

  • What was the best thing you did at school?
  • What was the most interesting thing your teacher said today?
  • Who did you enjoy talking to the most?
  • What were most kids doing at recess?

Read all the suggestions for having a more meaningful, after-school conversation here
 
 
 
 
By Robbye Fox, Certified Parent Educator, as featured in Washington Parent
 
 
 
 
As tough as it was for me to finish all 13 episodes of the controversial Netflix series "13 Reasons Why," released last spring, my 20- and 23-year-old daughters told me that as a parent educator who works with parents of teenagers, I had no choice.

My first thought while watching the series? Thank goodness I'm done parenting high schoolers! Kids grow up so fast today, and they confront issues that are much more intense and complicated than I handled growing up in the previous millennium.

Read more here. (Photo credit: Adobe)

 
 
 
 How Will You Support Your Child As He Makes His Lunch For School? 
 
 
 
One way to encourage your child's independence and responsibility is to let him make his own lunch for school. One mom has helped organize the process by putting lunch supplies in refrigerator drawers with instructions to take one or take two. More tips are available here from the Washington Post about getting your kids to pack their own lunches. To summarize, the Postsays, "Get them on board, establish a few nutrition ground rules and set them up to succeed by placing good gear and healthy food at their fingertips."
 
 
 
 

10100 Connecticut Avenue, Kensington, MD 20895
 301.929.8824 |  PEPparent.org
 
 
          
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June Newsletter

posted Jul 13, 2017, 8:02 AM by GMC Webmaster   [ updated Jul 13, 2017, 8:03 AM ]

 
 
 
In This Issue

  • Parenting Matters
  • Special Time 
  • Bootcamps
 
 
 
 
The Original Pancake House Donates $1,200 to PEP!

Thank you, Original Pancake House, for your $1,200 donation! The restaurants in Bethesda and Rockville donated to PEP a portion of their sales on May 25. 
 
 
 
  
 
Join us LIVE and ONLINE!

July 12 | Sibling Rivalry| 9-10pmET

Aug 23 | Avoiding Bedtime Blues | 9-10pmET

Can't make it live? We'll tape it, and you can view the video at your convenience!Register here!
 
 
 
 
Help PEP Reach More Families 
 
 
 
Great news! A $20,000 grant from Montgomery County means PEP can continue itspartnership program. This remarkable program provides parenting classes in Spanish for low-income families to help at-risk children. 

The next step? PEP is raising $35,000 to expand the program next year. Can you help? Please donate online today or call PEP at 301-929-8824. And thank you!
 
 
 
 
 
Dads Class Features Calvin and Hobbes
 
 
 
 
Dads: looking for a fun opportunity to learn more about parenting in the company of other dads while enjoying a cold beverage? 

Check out PEP's one-night workshops, "Dads Can Manage Power: As Seen Through the Comics of Calvin and Hobbes" at Bangkok Garden in Bethesda on July 12 from 7:30-9:30pm. Register here!
 
 
 
 
By Lisa DiSciullo, CPCC, Certified Parent Educator
 
 
 
 
School is almost over and you are bound to have some vacation plans this summer. Whether it is for day trips here and there or a week-long jaunt, planning, packing, and corralling the troops and the stuff can feel like the actual “vacation” is more work than it’s worth. If you’re feeling burdened, you are probably taking on that whole task as solely your responsibility. There are very healthy and reliable strategies that not only can unburden you, but offer a chance for your spouse and children to participate, have more independence, and fun as well.

Read more on PEP's blog here
 
 
 
 
By Emory Luce Baldwin, LCMFT and Certified Parent Educator, as featured in Washington Parent
 
 
 
 
Most parents agree that time is their most valuable (and scarce!) commodity. The demands of work and family life can easily consume every available moment, leaving even the most well-intentioned mothers and fathers feeling tired and frustrated as they try to get everything done.

Children feel frustrated with the not-enough-time problem, too. We hear their disappointment--and sometimes their fury--as they try to figure out, "When CAN you listen to me, Mom?" "Why ISN'T this a good time to play, Dad?" "When will you NOT be 'too busy'?" No wonder so many child behavior problems--interrupting, fussing for attention, fighting with siblings--can be traced back to the not-enough-time problem perplexing children and parents alike."

Read more here.
 
 
 
 Parents of Preschoolers and/or Parents of 5-to-12 Year-Olds: PEP Has a Bootcamp for You! 
 
 
 
This summer, PEP is offering parenting bootcamps for parents of preschoolers and parents of 5-to-12 year-olds (one is being held downtown DC!). Bootcamps take place on a Friday night and all day on the following Saturday. Take some time to de-stress, get some insights, and learn tools to help you on YOUR parenting journey. For more information, check out our website or call us at 301-929-8824.
 
 
 
 

10100 Connecticut Avenue, Kensington, MD 20895
 301.929.8824 |  PEPparent.org
 
 
          
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May PEP News

posted May 23, 2017, 11:06 AM by GMC Webmaster   [ updated May 23, 2017, 11:06 AM ]

 
 
 
In This Issue

  • Summertime: Online and In-Person Classes
  • Talking About Death 
  • Get Pancakes and Support PEP on Thursday, May 25
 
 
 
 
Volunteer at PEP!

If you have been helped by PEP or are interested in learning more about us, please consider volunteering in our office! We have lots of interesting projects underway, and we’d love you to be part of the team to make them happen.

Contact Jennifer at the PEP office or email her at jennifer.smith@pepparent.org. And thanks!
 
 
 
  
 
One-day workshops include Setting Limits with Extra-Challenging Children and Family Council: Harness the Power. Call us 301-929-8824 to learn more orregister atPEPparent.org.
 
 
 
 
PEP Leader Quoted in Wall Street Journal Article 
 
 
 
PEP leader Wendie Lubic was quoted in aWall Street Journalarticle "Should You Tell Your Child You Tried Drugs or Alcohol?" "Parents should avoid either glorifying past adventures or overemphasizing the risks", says Wendie Lubic, an instructor for the Parent Encouragement Program, a Kensington, Md., parent-training nonprofit. “Limit your message to the important points you want to get across,” she says.
 
 
 
 
 
Going Greener
 
 
 
 
PEP is going greener by sending out a postcard instead of a full schedule. You'll see it in your mailbox soon--and you can visit PEPparent.org starting Friday to see all our great workshops to help you to breeze through this summer.  ​​​​​​​
 
 
 
  
 
 
 
We are now offering online workshops to make our renowned parenting programs more accessible to busy parents!  

Stop the Whining: Wed, May 24, 9-10pmET
Taming Summertime Power Struggles, Wed, June 7, 9-10pmET
Sibling Rivalry, Wed, July 12, 9-10pmET

Can't attend live? Don't worry! By registering, you can view the course live, view a recording at any time for 12 months, or both.
 
 
 
 
By Maureen McElroy, LCMFT and Certified Parent Educator, as featured in Washington Parent
 
 
 
 
Once friends and relatives left after paying their respects, Travis' mother took him and his brother to the casket that held the body of their great-grandfather. Travis' mother took time to answer questions from her sons. She shared the family's beliefs concerning what happens after death. The funeral director gently offered to answer any remaining questions. Travis, confused by the split casket lid that covered the lower half of his great-grandfather's body, looked up and wondered, "Where are Pop-Pop's feet?"

Read more here.
 
 
 
 Dine At The Original Pancake House On May 25 To Support PEP 
 
 
 
On Thursday, May 25, The Original Pancake Housewill donate a portion of the sales from itsRockville and Bethesda restaurants to PEP. PEP families can have breakfast or lunch at the Original Pancake House and support PEP at the same time! Consider stopping by for delicious omelets, crepes, coffee and, of course, pancakes!
 
 
 
 

10100 Connecticut Avenue, Kensington, MD 20895
 301.929.8824 |  PEPparent.org
 
 
          
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April PEP Talk

posted May 1, 2017, 3:22 PM by GMC Webmaster   [ updated May 1, 2017, 3:22 PM ]

 
 
 
In This Issue

The Teenage Brain
Helping Girls 
PEP's Reach Expands
 
 
 
 
Online Workshops
 
 
 
 
PEP is online! 

"Stop the Whining" May 24 | 9-10 pm EDT

"Taming Summertime Power Struggles"
June 7 | 9-10 pm EDT

Call us to register: (301) 929-8824.
By registering, you can view the course live, view a recording at any time for 12 months, or both.

"13 Reasons Why":Why You Should Watch This Netflix Series

PEP parent educator Robbye Fox’s thoughts about and ideas on how to talk to your kids about the series that has captivated teens across the U.S.
 
 
 
  
 
PEP's spring workshops are underway. One-day workshops include Power Struggles and Tantrums for parents of preschoolers, Setting Limits for parents of 5-12 year-olds and Tackling Anxiety for all parents. Call us 301-929-8824 to learn more or register atPEPparent.org.
 
 
 
 
PEP's Difference  
 
 
 
"I just wanted to say thank you again for all your help and support in PEP!! This is a drawing my nine-year-old daughter made for me today--she and I are holding hands! And at dinner tonight my seven-year-old son said, 'Mommy, your class is really helping!' 

Thank you! Thank you!!"
 
 
 
 
Two Panel Sessions This Month 
 
 
 
PEP's Open Forum Counseling sessions are back!

May 12 | 7:30-10 pm

May 20 | 6:30-8:30 pm
 
 
 
  
 
 
 
​The parenting blog Grown and Flown recently interviewed the authors of the new book The Teenage Brain: A Neuroscientist's Survival Guide to Raising Adolescents. In the bookDr. Frances E. Jensen and co-author Amy Ellis Nutt discuss the extended sequence of development taking place inside the teen brain: “Children’s brains continue to be molded by their environment, physiologically, well past their mid-twenties.” Read the interview with the authorshere.
 
 
 
 
By Lynne Ticknor, MA, Certified Parent Educator, as featured in Washington Parent
 
 
 
 
A few short years ago, you and your daughter had an unbreakable bond. You hung out in your jammies watching the latest Disney Channel movie. You snuggled under the covers on Sunday mornings, giggling about nothing. You painted her nails and she painted yours, even though the nail polish ended up all over your skin (and some on the carpet)!

And then, as soon as she blew out the candles on her 12th birthday cake, that changed. Now, she can't stand being in the same room with you and demands that you "get out of her life" if you make an innocent inquiry about her day. Her constant complaining, addiction to taking selfies and emotional temper tantrums are reminiscent of her toddler days, making it difficult to have a relationship with her.

Read more here.
 
 
 
 Expanding PEP's Reach 
 
 
 
Last year PEP launched its Partnership Program, which is serving low-income Latino families in partnership with public schools. The success of the pilot program was tremendous, and last month the Montgomery County Executive recommended a $20,000 grant to help us reach more families! For more information about this program, please contact Kathy Hedge at kathy.hedge@pepparent.org.     
 
 
 
 

10100 Connecticut Avenue, Kensington, MD 20895
 301.929.8824 |  PEPparent.org
 
 
          
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How to Grow a Grown-Up, March 31 and April 1st

posted Mar 28, 2017, 5:52 AM by GMC Webmaster   [ updated Mar 28, 2017, 5:52 AM ]

 
 


Author Vicki Hoefle returns to PEP! Hoefle has developed a less-is-more approach to help parents reconcile the fact that, although they are living with children, they are ultimately raising adults. Learn how to implement tools for raising capable, cooperative, responsible, respectful, and resilient young adults who thrive on the other side of the threshold. Find out which tools support kids as they learn to navigate the daily life while they are living at home. Live together with less stress and more joy. Hoefle's workshop takes place at PEP in Kensington on March 31 and April 1See more details and register, or call us on 301.929.8824.
 
 

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