Susan’s Sharings

After Losing Our Home in the Fires

A few days ago we were finally allowed to see our home of 26 years after the Woolsey wildfire took it down. The experience was surreal. Crunch, crunch, crunch. Glass, wood, metal. Sky where a roof should be. Crumpled ball of melted curtains. Tangles of metal that...

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Our Malibu Home

A personal note... We all go through things in life; being human means that we are sometimes called upon to face challenges that ultimately shape who we are, and who we are to become. Some of you may know that while I'm originally from the Midwest, the majority of my...

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Parenting on Election Day

Every time I hear about another act of hate and violence, I think to myself, the victim of that crime is someone’s child…and so is the perpetrator. Babies aren’t born with hatred or intolerance. In fact, when we cradle a newborn, we know that we’re in the presence of...

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5 Tips for Getting Kids to Come to Dinner

5 Tips for Getting Kids to Come to Dinner

Every night, either my husband or I make dinner for our three kids. We both work hard at our jobs, so it is an effort to put together something nice, but we think it is important. Even so, we can't get our kids to come to the table. It's all about the TV or texting...

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Am I Crazy to Get a Dog For My Kids?

Am I Crazy to Get a Dog For My Kids?

My children are begging for a dog. They promise they'll do all the work, but given the power struggles we have around chores, I don't think they can be counted on. I feel bad depriving my children of a family pet, but I want to be realistic. My husband and I both work...

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13-Year-Old Becoming a Mean Big Sister

13-Year-Old Becoming a Mean Big Sister

Our daughter is 13, and although her teachers and friend's parents tell us she is delightful, she is horrible to her younger brother, and to me. It is especially hard on her 10-year-old brother to hear people praising her for being so sweet when she teases and ignores...

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5 Tips for Helping Little Ones Adjust to Babysitters

5 Tips for Helping Little Ones Adjust to Babysitters

My almost-5-year-old daughter refuses to stay with a babysitter. I have no family nearby and it has been ages since my husband and I went out on a date night. (The last time was six months ago when my mother was in town. She is the only one my daughter will stay...

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How to Curb Kids Cursing

How to Curb Kids Cursing

My 4-year old has recently discovered bad words, and he has been swearing up a storm! His two older brothers laugh hysterically, even though I beg them not to encourage him. I'm afraid he's going to say bad words around my parents or our neighbors. What can we do to...

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