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When Parents and Grandparents Disagree

When Parents and Grandparents Disagree

  Over the past few weeks, I’ve been immersed in the world of grandparenting as I’ve been privileged to talk with over 20 experts on a range of topics related to grandparenting. (You can visit this page for summaries.)    While each interview addresses a...

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How to Talk With Grandparents About Rules

How to Talk With Grandparents About Rules

I have a lot of trouble getting my parents to enforce my rules about bedtime, appropriate snack foods, etc. when my children spend the night at their house. I have repeatedly told my mom and dad not to let the kids stay up late or eat lots of sugar -- but they let...

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Grandson Won’t Sleep in His Own Bed!

Grandson Won’t Sleep in His Own Bed!

Dear Susan, My 2-and-a-half-year-old grandson still sleeps in bed with his parents. My daughter and her husband have tried to put him in his own bed, but he still winds up in theirs. We are expecting another grandchild any day now and I think this will pose a problem...

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My granddaughters are becoming sexually active – help!

My granddaughters are becoming sexually active – help!

My grandkids are 15 and 17 and they are starting to be sexually active. I am fearful that one of them will get pregnant. My daughter is a single mom who had her oldest when she herself was a teenager and it was—and continues to be—very difficult for her. What can I do...

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Healing Relationships Between Parents and Grandparents

Healing Relationships Between Parents and Grandparents

Maybe an innocent but misunderstood remark to a son or daughter-in-law triggered a spiral of anger. Maybe the fallout from a bitter divorce left a grandparent on the outside looking in. Maybe a miscommunication over babysitting led to accusations that couldn’t be...

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Struggling in School!

"My son is a sweet, loving, silly 11-year-old. Unfortunately, in the last few years, he has struggled in school, which has significantly decreased his self esteem. He often over-apologizes, says things to gain approval, will do whatever anyone else wants to do and...

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Child’s Irrational Fear of Dogs

Child’s Irrational Fear of Dogs

My seven-year old daughter is PETRIFIED of dogs even though she has never been bitten or attacked. It can be a tea cup Chihuahua or a Great Dane, the result is the same-- she freezes and screams. We have explained that dogs bark to communicate or jump because they...

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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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