Susan’s Sharings

Husband Says Son Misbehaves Because Wife Doesn’t Punish

Husband Says Son Misbehaves Because Wife Doesn’t Punish

I have a 4-and-a-half-year-old son. All our relatives live back in my home country. My husband doesn't contribute much to raising the child. Even at home he is spending most of his time with his laptop. The problem is that my son hits and throws things when he is...

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9 Tips for Reducing Parenting Stress

9 Tips for Reducing Parenting Stress

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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5 Tips for Reducing School Anxiety

My daughter is an anxious and shy child, but by third grade, I would have thought she would be over her school anxiety. She isn't. We are just starting the second week of school and so far she has had a meltdown every single morning. Last year it took almost six weeks...

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It’s a Chore to Get My Daughter to Do Chores!

It’s a Chore to Get My Daughter to Do Chores!

Just as adults tend to put off unpleasant tasks, most children don’t like chores and will do whatever they can to squirm out of having to do them. While there are ways to make them a bit more fun, it’s wise to recognize that your child isn’t naughty for not wanting to do chores; she’s normal.

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Helping Children Through Emotional Storms

Helping Children Through Emotional Storms

I've been thinking a lot about the emotional storms that descend upon our children, creating upheaval and chaos for everyone in the family.     Their upsets can seem so illogical. "I HAVE TO HAVE THE BLUE CUP!" or "MATH IS STUPID STUPID STUPID AND I'M QUITTING...

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After Losing Our Home in the Fires

A few days ago we were finally allowed to see our home of 26 years after the Woolsey wildfire took it down. The experience was surreal. Crunch, crunch, crunch. Glass, wood, metal. Sky where a roof should be. Crumpled ball of melted curtains. Tangles of metal that...

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9 Tips for Managing Stress

9 Tips for Managing Stress

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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Our Malibu Home

A personal note... We all go through things in life; being human means that we are sometimes called upon to face challenges that ultimately shape who we are, and who we are to become. Some of you may know that while I'm originally from the Midwest, the majority of my...

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Parenting on Election Day

Every time I hear about another act of hate and violence, I think to myself, the victim of that crime is someone’s child…and so is the perpetrator. Babies aren’t born with hatred or intolerance. In fact, when we cradle a newborn, we know that we’re in the presence of...

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