In This Issue

  • Home Alone
  • Back To School 
20% Off: Early-Bird Discount for PEP Core Classes
Take an early-bird discount of 20% off any of our Fall core classes. If you meant to register but haven't done it yet, now is the time. The discount ends August 31 at midnight! Use code EARLYBIRDF17 when checking out.
Join us LIVE and ONLINE this Fall!

Sept 13 | Getting Organized | 9-10pmET

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 Author talks. 
Help PEP Expand Its Partnership Program 
PEP is raising $35,000 to expand the partnership program that helps reach underserved families. Can you help? Please donate online today or call PEP at 301-929-8824. We are grateful for your support of PEP's programs.
When Is It Ok To Leave Your Child Home Alone?
Are you wondering at what age it is safe and legal to leave your child home alone? Like Macaulay Culkin in Home Alone (1990), your child could face a variety of new scenarios, and you want him to be prepared. 

In a recent Washington Post article on the subject, PEP's Education Director Patti Cancellier said parents need to set some ground rules and ask some important questions: "What would you do if the doorbell rang? Do you plan to cook? What would you do if you smelled something funny? Do you know whom to call if you feel really scared?"

To learn more about how to prepare your child to be home alone, read the full Washington Post article here.
By Robyn Des Roches, Certified Parent Educator, as featured in Washington Parent

Will I get lost? What if my new teacher is mean? Who will I sit with at lunch? Will any of my friends be in my class?

As summer draws to a close and the new school year approaches, it is normal for children to feel butterflies in the pit of their stomachs and to wonder what awaits them in the next grade level, classroom or school. Back-to-school jitters may lead to an emotional roller coaster ride, with unpredictable bursts of anxiety, irritability or tantrums.

Stressing over the unknown brings out the fight or flight instinct in all of us. We cease to use our rational brains and can easily find ourselves in an endless loop of anxiety and negative self-talk. Planning, practice and predictability will help children tackle the challenges of the actual situation, rather than getting lost in a fog of vague worry and nervous anticipation.

Read more here. (Photo credit: Big Stock)

PEP Online Workshops Available On
PEP's online workshops are now available to anyone, at any time, in any place. Visit to see the following informative PEP videos that will help YOU reduce your parenting stress:

  • Why Don't My Kids Listen to Me?
  • Sibling Rivalry
  • Taming Summertime Power Struggles
  • Stop the Whining
  • Discipline, Not Punishment

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