Susan’s Sharings

Does Your Child Welcome Your Advice?

Does Your Child Welcome Your Advice?

My husband and I have been watching a show which follows the reign of Queen Victoria from the time she learns, at the age of 18, that her uncle has died, making her Queen of England. Victoria is a strong young woman, but she struggles to determine which of her...

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Children Need To Feel Seen

Children Need To Feel Seen

I have worked with thousands of parents and children over my career, and one of the most heart-breaking things I hear from kids is when they share how invisible they feel. These kids confess that nearly all the conversations they have with their parents focus on what...

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Do You Have A Sensitive Child?

Do You Have A Sensitive Child?

In her wonderful book, “The Highly Sensitive Child,” Elaine Aron talks about the fact that in every animal population,15 to 20 percent are on the impulsive end of the spectrum, and 15 to 20 percent on the sensitive side. In her great wisdom, Mother Nature has once...

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When Mom’s Happy…

When Mom’s Happy…

We've all heard the old saying, "When Mom's happy, everyone's happy." Maybe it's overly simplistic--and of course dads also knock themselves out to provide for those they love. But I believe there's truth in the notion that when we take care of ourselves, life is not...

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Go Only As Fast As Your Slowest Part…

Go Only As Fast As Your Slowest Part…

This is the story of my trip into the city last week: Here is what happened as I drove 50 miles per hour on a Los Angeles freeway, with cars whizzing by at 70 mph. Some of the drivers glared at me as they passed. Occasionally, someone honked. Now and then a driver...

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Mother’s Day Love

Mother’s Day Love

With Mother’s Day this month, I’ve been reflecting on the experience of mothering and fathering: the uncertainties, the joys ... the love. It’s hard to describe how radically we're changed when a child arrives; it’s as though we're rearranged in that first moment, and...

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Daughter Tiptoes Around Aggressive Brother

Daughter Tiptoes Around Aggressive Brother

"My son has intense rages. When things don't go the way he wants them to, 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...

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The Silent Treatment

The Silent Treatment

Not long ago, I found myself in conversation with a young daddy. After asking what I did for a living, he volunteered that he and his wife had an 18 month old who had been having frequent tantrums. "We give him the silent treatment. It makes him really mad but if we...

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What if this is the greatest moment of your life?

What if this is the greatest moment of your life?

Last week I was walking out of Trader Joe's toward my car, wrapping up an ordinary errand on an ordinary day. But something happened, and I haven't been able to stop thinking about it. It wasn't anything dramatic. I was just wheeling my cart as I normally would. But I...

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Are You Burned Out?

Are You Burned Out?

When my son was about 8 months old, I reached a point of such deep fatigue that I told my husband I needed a little "me" time. I went to the corner grocery store to rent a video, thinking I'd go home, take a bath, get cozy under the covers, and watch something while...

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