Susan’s Sharings

Resolving Power Struggles through Presence

Resolving Power Struggles through Presence

Over the last few days I have been working on a presentation that I will be giving this weekend at Eckhart Tolle’s Living With Presence conference. My talk is meant to address how living with presence can help us avoid power struggles, not only with our children...

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Not long ago, I had a child (we’ll call him Jason) in my office whose mother had brought him to see me because he refused to cooperate with nearly all of her requests. One of the first things that happened when they sat down was that mom began listing her son’s...

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Will We Ever Send Enough Band-Aids?

Will We Ever Send Enough Band-Aids?

Back in 2007, my neighbor bid goodbye as her husband and son set out on a road trip to drop him off at college. When I took out the trash a few minutes later, I found her in front of her house looking lost and bereft. When she saw me, she fell sobbing into my arms,...

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Why Hormones and Neurotransmitters Matter

Why Hormones and Neurotransmitters Matter

A few years ago, I read a fascinating book (Why Him, Why Her) about the powerful impact that the hormones and neurotransmitters we’re flooded with in utero have on who we become. The author goes so far as to suggest that when a lot of testosterone washes over a fetus’...

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Good Enough is Good Enough

Good Enough is Good Enough

I’ve done yoga for years, meditate at least a few times a week and read books by spiritual authors like Eckhart Tolle and Marianne Williamson. I talk about living in the moment but when I am with my children I am often somewhere else in my mind. Even worse, I...

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My 14 Year Old Doesn’t Like Spending Time With Me

My 14 Year Old Doesn’t Like Spending Time With Me

An excerpt from Parenting Without Power Struggles: Raising Joyful, Resilient Kids While Staying Cool, Calm, and Connected Question: I like the theory of these Six Stages of Attachment, but my son—who’s fourteen but acts like he’s twenty-five– doesn’t give much...

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What to Expect When You’re Unexpectedly Expecting

What to Expect When You’re Unexpectedly Expecting

I found out I was pregnant on the day we returned home from our honeymoon. Talk about a surprise! Anyway, we had previously joked about how awesome it was that we were in the “double income, no kids” category and expected to stay that way for a couple of...

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Grandpa Says His Grandsons Run the Show

Grandpa Says His Grandsons Run the Show

Our daughter has 4-year-old twin boys. She is raising them without any help from their father. The problem is they walk all over her and they are out of control. She doesn’t seem to want to correct them ever and my wife and I feel as if it is not our place to do...

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Case Study: Trudy, a chronically defiant child

Case Study: Trudy, a chronically defiant child

Debra set up a coaching call with me to talk about her daughter Trudy.* “She is the most difficult child in the world! No matter what I do for her, she’s never satisfied. She is our only child and gets lots of attention but she is incorrigible! I am at my...

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