Susan’s Sharings

Whining, Meltdowns, and Tantrums–Oh My!

Whining, Meltdowns, and Tantrums–Oh My!

Sylvie came to my office after the initial series of counseling sessions she'd had with her son had wrapped up two years ago. We talked about the many ways their life had changed since then. She shared this: "I was in so much pain when Sam and I started counseling,...

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My Child Saw Porn. What Should I do?

My Child Saw Porn. What Should I do?

It's natural and healthy and normal for kids to be curious about sex. But when they stumble on websites featuring extreme fetishes, sexual aggression and images that do not depict sex as an act of loving play and connection between consenting adults, it raises great...

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Catherine: Triggered by Her Daughter’s Defiance

Catherine: Triggered by Her Daughter’s Defiance

In a recent get together with my Parenting Without Power Struggles Members, Catherine* asked me to do some coaching with her because she was becoming increasingly angry and reactive when her daughter refused do as she was asked. "I give her a five minute warning...

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A True Story of Captaining the Ship

A True Story of Captaining the Ship

"The pilot’s voice was calm yet focused as her plane descended...'Southwest 1380, we’re single engine,' said Capt. Tammie Jo Shults, a former fighter pilot with the U.S. Navy. “We have part of the aircraft missing, so we’re going to need to slow down a bit.” She asked...

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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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Handling Parenting Overload, Part 1

Handling Parenting Overload, Part 1

I have 2 kids -- 6 1/2 and 5 years old. My husband works long hours and I am alone with them most of the time. It seems like all I do is scream and yell, because my stress level is so high. Money is short and I'm tired all the time. When something breaks down --...

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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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Around the World in 80 Days: Mom and Teenage Son Survive!

Around the World in 80 Days: Mom and Teenage Son Survive!

This article was written in 2007 about a trip I took with my son in 2005 Raising a child in California has its advantages: amazing weather, awesome scenery and experiences and environments that many people only dream about; but it’s also slightly surreal, and as my...

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