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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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.
 
 

Upcoming Parent Education Workshops, March 2017

posted Mar 1, 2017, 1:59 PM by GMC Webmaster   [ updated Mar 1, 2017, 1:59 PM ]

Managing Anger: A Parent's Guide

For all parents

3 Thursdays, starting March 2 l 7-9pm l $98 l Washington, DC

Read more and register*.

3 Thursdays, Starting March 9 | 7:30-9:30pm | $98 l PEP in Kensington

Read more and register*.

*Note: After clicking on the link above you may need to scroll down to see this program.



NEW! Interactive Online Workshop: Preparing Kids for Success in Life

For all parents

Wednesday, March 1 | 9-10pmEST l $25

With your registration, you will be able to view the course live, view a recording at any time for 12 months, or both.

What leads to success in life? Research shows that resilience, hard work, and a "can-do" spirit are more important than a person's IQ. In this online workshop, led by PEP's seasoned parent educator Patti Cancellier, you will learn strategies to help your child become more capable, competent, and courageous--now and through life. Read more and register.


Finding Balance in a Tech-Savvy World

For parents of children aged 5-12

Thursday, March 2 | 7-9pm l $35 l Suburban Hospital in Bethesda

Is technology ruling your family's life? Not sure when or even how to draw the line on your child's video game, computer, tablet, TV, or smart phone usage? Is the daily battle with your kids over screen-time eroding your relationship and adding to power struggles in countless other areas? Join us to learn creative and effective ways to limit technology use and how to use your devices to increase and improve the positive connections with your children. Join us at Suburban Hospital in Bethesda! Learn more and register.


Stop the Arguing, Start the Respect: Open-Forum Counseling


For everyone

Friday, March 3 | 7:30-9:30pm l $30 per family or $15 per adult and $5 per child aged 9 and up l FREE for PEP Members l PEP in Kensington

Look through the keyhole into one family's stuggles with conflict. Not only will this session be engrossing, you'll get insights and tips for your own sticky situations and see family problem-solving in action! Learn more and register.


Help!

My Teen Doesn't Listen,

Mine Doesn't Talk!


For parents of teens ages 13-18

Tuesday, March 7| 7:30-9:30pm | $35

Have you tried to “lay down the law,” reason or negotiate with your teen? Are you wondering how to have a real two-way conversation? How can you be an encouraging parent during this time of change while also upholding family limits? This workshop will give you new ways to establish and maintain a strong, loving relationship with your teen. Read more and register.


How to Grow a Grown-Up --


An Intensive Parenting Workshop

Author Vicki Hoefle returns to PEP! Hoefle has developed a less-is-more approach to assist 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 1. See more details and register, or call us on 301.929.8824.

March Newsletter

posted Feb 28, 2017, 10:31 AM by GMC Webmaster   [ updated Mar 1, 2017, 2:06 PM ]

NEW! Interactive Online Workshop:Preparing Kids for Success in Life

For all parents

Wednesday, March 1 | 9-10pm EST l $25

With your registration, you will be able to view the course live, view a recording at any time for 12 months, or both.

What leads to success in life? Research shows that resilience, hard work, and a "can-do" spirit are more important than a person's IQ. In this online workshop, led by PEP's seasoned parent educator Patti Cancellier, you will learn strategies to help your child become more capable, competent, and courageous--now and through life. Read more and register


Finding Balance in a Tech-Savvy World 

For parents of children aged 5-12 

Thursday, March 2 | 7-9pm l $35 l Suburban Hospital in Bethesda 

Is technology ruling your family's life? Not sure when or even how to draw the line on your child's video game, computer, tablet, TV, or smart phone usage? Is the daily battle with your kids over screen-time eroding your relationship and adding to power struggles in countless other areas? Join us to learn creative and effective ways to limit technology use and how to use your devices to increase and improve the positive connections with your children. Join us at Suburban Hospital in Bethesda! Learn more and register

NEW! Interactive Online Workshop:Discipline, Not Punishment

For all parents

Wednesday, March 29 |9-10pm EST | $25

With your registration, you will be able to view the course live, view a recording at any time for 12 months, or both.

Do you resort to punishment or rewards to motivate better behavior? Do you wonder if punishment is really working to make your child more responsible, or just making him more compliant (temporarily)? Or perhaps it's not working at all! You're not alone! Find out how to foster learning and cooperation using natural and logical consequences with PEP's seasoned parent educator Patti Cancellier. Read more and register.


How to Grow a Grown-Up

Author Vicki Hoefle returns to PEP! Hoefle has developed a less-is-more approach to assist 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 1. See more details and register, or call us on 301.929.8824.


































Parent Encouragement Classes for December 2016

posted Nov 29, 2016, 8:26 AM by GMC Webmaster   [ updated Nov 29, 2016, 8:27 AM ]

 
 
"Success is not final, failure is not fatal: it is the courage to continue that counts."
— Winston Churchill
 
 
 
 

The 2016 workshops are almost over! Get a PEP class in before the end of the year. Sign up now for these classes at PEPparent.org or call 301-929-8824.

 
 
 
 
For all parents 
Thursday, Dec 1 | 7:30 - 9:30 pm | Kensington
Sometimes it feels like we care more about school and success than our kids do. What are the most effective ways to motivate children to work hard and strive for success?
$35  |  $31.50 member

Creating a Homework Habit
For parents of 5-12 year olds
Friday, Dec 2 | 10 am - noon | Kensington
It's difficult to tell who dreads homework more -- parents or kids. In fact, homework is a part of life for both. Explore ways to make homework a routine and how to decrease the stress and arguments surrounding it. 
$35  |  $31.50 member

Open Forum Counseling
"Turn That Thing Off!"
For all parents and for children age 9 and up with a parent
Sunday, Dec 4 | 6:30 - 8:30 pm | Kensington 
Screens on televisions, computers and mobile devices are part of family life today. Do you wish your children would get off of their screens and instead help around the house, read or get more exercise? Watch as a trained Adlerian therapist works with a real family struggling with their own screen time issues and learn how you can make changes in your own family. Moderator: Barbara Fairfield, LCMFT, family therapist.
$15 adult   | $5 child (9 & up) or $30 family  |  FREE for PEP members

For parents of teen and tween girls
Tuesday, Dec 13 | 7:30 - 9:30 pm | Kensington
Body image, sexuality and stress are just a few of the issues. Learn about the developmental stages of teen girls and how to weather the emotional and behavioral storms.
$35  |  $31.50 member

Register here for any PEP class or workshop,

or call 301-929-8824. Scholarships are available.

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

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