Susan’s Sharings

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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Good Enough Parenting is Good Enough

Good Enough Parenting is Good Enough

There may be a few of you who are unfamiliar with the guilt that comes after falling apart over something your child has said or done. But most of us know what it’s like to find ourselves temporarily possessed by The Demon Parent who spews forth angry words from our very own mouths as we stand by helplessly.

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A Story About My Back…and Raising Children

A Story About My Back…and Raising Children

When we accept that our children may not like tofu or panda bedding, it doesn’t mean we should rush out to buy the bacon or the Ninja sheets. But when they sense that we have honored their preference–even when they can’t see have what they want–they are generally more willing to cooperate.

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How Children Are Impacted by Narcissistic Parents

How Children Are Impacted by Narcissistic Parents

Lately, conversations about Narcissistic Personality Disorder have found their way into everyday conversation as never before. While it is impossible to diagnose individuals by playing armchair psychologist, there’s no question that increased awareness about...

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There’s Nothing to Do!

There’s Nothing to Do!

Now that it’s summer, my 9-year-old son is constantly complaining that he’s bored. He will start camp soon, and we’ll be taking a family vacation, but in the meantime, all he wants to do is watch TV or play video games, even if he has a friend over. Summer has barely...

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Steering Frustrated Kids Away From Aggression

Steering Frustrated Kids Away From Aggression

Some time ago, a parent called for a phone session to talk about her aggressive eight-year old son. Over the course of our conversation, a few things became clear. First, mom was overwhelmed by her son's behavior. Her little boy could be as sweet as honey when life...

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Screen Sense Tips, Part 2

Screen Sense Tips, Part 2

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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