Susan’s Sharings

The Importance of Getting Less Done

The Importance of Getting Less Done

Last night I went to hear Anne Lamott, one of my favorite authors and a genuine emissary of kindness. Something inside me settled down as I listened to her stories of loss and delight and awe and heartbreak. I was quieted. We move through life with a speediness that...

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Am I Too Dependent on the Electronic Babysitter?

Am I Too Dependent on the Electronic Babysitter?

I am a working mother with a 7 year old son and a four year old daughter. I don't have much energy to play with them in the evening and feel guilty for not giving them a lot of my attention. My daughter is on the iPad all the time and my son plays games on my phone....

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Losing Our Parenting Cool

Losing Our Parenting Cool

Dear Susan, I love my kids, and love being a mom. In fact I had to go through a lot to get pregnant with both of my children. So I feel terrible about this, but I yell at them almost every day.I yell when they're dawdling about getting dressed in the morning. I yell...

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7 Screen Time Tips for Parents

7 Screen Time Tips for Parents

Many parents feel that screens have taken over their family’s lives. While few could argue about the benefits digital devices offer, as parents, it’s important that we establish guidelines for their use so they remain tools, rather than a source of endless distraction...

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‘My Child Should Be Able To…”

‘My Child Should Be Able To…”

I spend every night at dinnertime trying to get my 4-year-old son to behave himself. I could understand if he was a toddler, but now he’s old enough that he should be able to sit with us for 20 minutes. I usually end up mad and telling him to go to his room. How can I...

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Kai, My Confident, Captain-y Nurse

Kai, My Confident, Captain-y Nurse

Our children need to sense our strength, even when times are tough. That doesn’t mean we should lie to them or sugar-coat difficulties. If money is tight, or parents are divorcing, there’s no point in pretending everything is rosy.

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13 Year Old’s ADHD Behavior Drives People Crazy!

13 Year Old’s ADHD Behavior Drives People Crazy!

My ADHD son has impulse problems. He is 13 years old and his behavior drives other children away. His teachers are beyond frustrated. Any advice on what to do? The pre-frontal cortex (PFC) is the part of the brain behind the forehead that governs the inhibitory...

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Am I Over-Indulging My Kids?

Am I Over-Indulging My Kids?

I find it very hard to say "no" to my kids. How does someone know if they are over-indulging their children? I want my son and daughter to have a healthy respect for their needs but I don't want them to have a sense of entitlement. Can you talk about how I can tell...

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