Professional counselors, doctors, psychiatrists and other health care professionals send parents to gain practical skills and support for a wide variety of parenting issues. I came to PEP when my children were very young, just to find some direction and a road map for parenting since I wanted a different approach form my parents punitive style of parenting. I have remained involved ever since. PEP changed my life.
As a client of PEP and a professional counselor, I would recommend PEP to all of my clients and friends. My parents were not the role models that I would choose. PEP helped me develop and work toward a vision for my family that made sense to me. We worked toward improvement, independence, respect and responsibility, not perfection. They are happy, well adjusted adults. I think it worked!
I started taking PEP classes when my now 15 year old was 2. I felt I was a lousy parent and I wanted to learn a better way. Fast forward 13 years - after having taken every single class and workshop there was to take not once but 2 or 3 times, I felt that the only way to "stay with the program" was to start teaching the classes (yes - to some people things come a little harder than others!!!). It has changed my parenting, it changed my marriage, I changed my profession as a result of my learnings at PEP and it truly changed my entire life. My family would not have survived the trial and tribulations life threw at us if it hadn't been for the COURAGE we learned at PEP. PEP is definitely a gift that keeps on giving and that everyone who comes in contact with it wants to pay forward.
I first came to PEP 19 years ago when my daughters were 4 and 2. I knew I wanted to learn a different way to parent than the way I was raised. I learned so much more than I ever imagined, and I have never left. Now I teach parenting classes at PEP and the things that I learned are reinforced regularly and have application to so much more than my relationship with my children. PEP has improved nearly every aspect of my life, because it has positively affected the way I interact with everyone in my life.
As a PEP participant, PEP leader, and Professional Coach, I highly recommend PEP and all of its programs to other parents. The education PEP provides has helped me do what I can to improve my relationship with my husband and children, and as a result, has supported and fostered my personal and professional growth. The curriculum is just what I needed to get out of the throws of daily battles and frustration with my family and back into the joys of being a parent and a child! Because of PEP, I have confidence in myself as a parent and confidence in my children, even when we mess up "royally!" I wish every parent could feel that way and access what PEP has to offer.