Susan’s Sharings

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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Screen Sense Tips for Fewer Power Struggles, Part 1

Screen Sense Tips for Fewer Power Struggles, Part 1

Parents today are dealing with a challenge that no other generation has faced. None of us were prepared to deal with the intense pull and highly addictive nature of what the online world has to offer. We’re all learning on the fly, trying to make sense of devices and...

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Why do my kids always say “No”?

Why do my kids always say “No”?

Most children feel like the majority of our conversations with them are focused on getting them to do something they don’t want to do. They see us coming, list in hand (literally or figuratively) and brace themselves to resist as long as possible. Typically, whatever it is we want them to do is much less enjoyable than what they’re already doing.

Think about it. Your daughter is tucked into a warm bed, cozy and happy, knowing she’s home with Mommy, and life is good. Your first interaction of the day is designed to remove her from that yummy bed and get her clothes on so she can leave home and go to a place where someone else tells her what to do for six hours. I’m not suggesting she shouldn’t go to school, or that she won’t enjoy it once she gets there, but for most children, there’s a strong preference to be at home, which means the battles begin from the moment they awaken.

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Is Guilt a Necessity in Parenting?

Is Guilt a Necessity in Parenting?

Parents often maintain a double standard when it comes to setting expectations for themselves and their children. We delive "atta boys" and "good job!" to our kids for making even the smallest effort. We give children trophies just for showing up, dishing out praise...

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Something in My Shoe

Something in My Shoe

This morning, I set out on a walk, only to discover that something wasn’t right with my shoe. I decided that whatever was wrong wasn’t fixable and that I’d best adjust to the discomfort and carry on. After awhile I couldn’t ignore the fact that with every step, my...

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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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