Susan’s Sharings

Toddler’s Tantrums Wearing Us Out!

Toddler’s Tantrums Wearing Us Out!

Our job as parents is to do our best to avoid sailing into the rough waters that can cause our little ones to lose their footing and fall apart. But no matter how hard we try to prevent our children from having tantrums, there may still be times when they cannot cope with whatever demand has been placed on them. Perhaps they’re tired or hungry, or they could be feeling overly jealous or hurt.

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My Kids Used to Think I Hung the Moon

My Kids Used to Think I Hung the Moon

Sometimes when I pick my kids up from school they act like I’ve ruined their day just by showing up. Gone is the toddler phase when they came running to greet me. Now they would rather be with their friends than me. I am hurt because they don’t want to be around me...

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My Teen Daughter’s Only Passion is her Cell Phone!

My Teen Daughter’s Only Passion is her Cell Phone!

I know you talk about helping children find their passion, but my 15-year-old daughter doesn’t seem to have any. The only thing she wants to do is text her friends or go shopping. I don’t consider these passions! She used to love creative writing and made up cute...

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“Teenage Daughter Was My Best Friend–and Now She Hates Me!”

“Teenage Daughter Was My Best Friend–and Now She Hates Me!”

First, let me say in big, bold letters: Your daughter cannot be your best friend. Perhaps the two of you have been very close, but it is not appropriate for a child to perceived her parent as her closest friend. You are her mother. While the two of you may become like best friends as she moves further into adulthood, you have to create boundaries with your teenage daughter that clearly establish for her that you are her parent, not her friend. Pleading with her to be nice, or lecturing her on how you’ve done nothing to deserve her mistreatment, will only come across as needy and weak, fueling her contempt.

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Neck up/ Neck Down Communication

Neck up/ Neck Down Communication

When our children’s words trouble us, it’s easy to ignore the real message—the feelings that they’re attempting to express through language. When this happens, we end up arguing with them, using logic in an attempt to correct their thinking. They feel misunderstood, and the conversation comes to a screeching halt

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Weaning off the Electronic Babysitter

Weaning off the Electronic Babysitter

A child who is plugged into an electronic babysitter whenever he complains that “there ’s nothing to do” becomes an adult who is incapable of being alone with his thoughts for more than fifteen minutes. In The Mindful Brain, Dr. Daniel Siegel says,...

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