Susan’s Sharings

Overwhelmed by my Passionate Child!

Overwhelmed by my Passionate Child!

I read your column every week and like what you say about attaching to our kids, but I have a hard time connecting with my younger child. I was raised in a home were children were seen but not heard and my daughter is fiery, emotional, and highly opinionated! I admire...

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Reflections on a Day of Mindful Practice

Reflections on a Day of Mindful Practice

I am, by nature, a fairly restless sort of person. In fact, I've been told that even as a toddler, I was always busy. That active temperament has often collided with an inborn, powerful drive toward a meditative practice that began in my teens. When I"m too outwardly...

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Steering Clear of Bath Time Power Struggles

Steering Clear of Bath Time Power Struggles

My seven year old is very “strong-willed”...and just plain difficult sometimes. How can I get him to take his bath without overpowering him? Sometimes it seems like he’s the one in charge around our house! One of the great things about children being smaller than...

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4 Tips for Calming an Anxious Child

4 Tips for Calming an Anxious Child

Nearly all children feel anxious at times, whether it's imagining a monster under the bed, worrying about the first day of school, or feeling uneasy about a sleepover. If we try to convince a fearful child that she shouldn't be afraid by saying things like, "Don't be...

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The Immeasurable Gifts a Sibling Can Bring

The Immeasurable Gifts a Sibling Can Bring

I know first-hand what happens when the person living in your house, the one who knows your every weakness and fault, still believes in you. My life would be very different if my sister Rebecca had chosen to be adversary rather than an ally. Now more than ever, I believe we need boundaries that build up, not tear down. And it should begin in our homes.

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When is it sibling rivalry, and when is it bullying?

When is it sibling rivalry, and when is it bullying?

My 11-year old son has horrible rages. When things don’t go his way, he lashes out and often takes his anger out on his little sister. How can we help our daughter deal with his anger? He can be a great kid — funny and smart — but my little girl has become a meek and...

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I Didn’t Much Like School After 6th Grade

I Didn’t Much Like School After 6th Grade

Human beings are designed to learn. Although school can tamp down the passion for learning we’re born with, as parents we can do much to fan the flame and keep our children and teen’s fire for learning alive. In so doing, we give our kids the gift of a lifetime: a commitment to remain learners for life.

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Kids’ Behavior: It’s Not Personal!

Kids’ Behavior: It’s Not Personal!

My 11-year-old daughter — who lives with my former wife — is becoming very self-conscious around me. I walk with a limp and have a speech impediment (from a stroke some years ago) and she is now angry about my disability. I want to have a good relationship with my...

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Lessons Pain Has Taught Me: Post-Surgery Musings

Lessons Pain Has Taught Me: Post-Surgery Musings

Although I have experienced my share of pain, I have been fortunate in having been spared the chronic physical kind that can become so debilitating. Until recently. A few weeks ago my back began to hurt. Usual methods of resolving it—ice, massage, rest—did nothing to...

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When Bullied Children Are Afraid to Return to School

When Bullied Children Are Afraid to Return to School

As a new school year begins, it's no surprise that some kids are experiencing the jitters. While some complaining is normal, sometimes a child's school refusal stems from a desperate need to never again face the teasing and bullying they experienced just a few short...

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