Susan’s Sharings

The Destructive Effects of Constructive Criticism

The Destructive Effects of Constructive Criticism

My mother insists on giving me what she calls constructive criticism. She thinks it's her job to tell me everything I'm doing wrong. For instance, when my three-year old whines, my mother gives me dirty looks and later lectures me on how I need to be more strict. I am...

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Avoiding Power Struggles

Avoiding Power Struggles

Dear Susan, I am just plain worn out over getting my six-year old to do the simplest things like brushing her teeth or putting on her shoes. Why can't she just say, “Okay, Mom” and get with the program? Why does she have to put up a fight about every single thing I...

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Avoiding Power Struggles

Avoiding Power Struggles

Here is a free report on the causes of power struggles -- and how to avoid them! The moment our child is born, a host of changes are set in motion that will change our lives forever. Most of them are extraordinary; as we hold our baby, we're filled with awe at the...

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3 Tips for Calming an Anxious Child

3 Tips for Calming an Anxious Child

Nearly all children feel anxious at times, whether it's imagining a monster under the bed, worrying about the first day of school, or feeling uneasy about a sleepover. If we try to convince a fearful child that she shouldn't be afraid by saying things like, "Don't be...

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How Can I Get My Child to Do His Best on His Homework?

How Can I Get My Child to Do His Best on His Homework?

I don't want to speak in absolutes, but I can say with reasonable certainty that there aren't more than a handful of children who actually like doing homework. Kids are wired to enjoy the moment, and generally speaking, answering questions about Saturn or writing...

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Is my child highly sensitive?

Is my child highly sensitive?

In her wonderful book, "The Highly Sensitive Child," Elaine Aron talks about the fact that in every animal population 15 to 20 percent of the group fall on the impulsive side of the spectrum, and 15 to 20 percent on the sensitive side. Once again, in her great wisdom,...

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Family Vacations: 5 Ways To Bring Your Teen On Board

Family Vacations: 5 Ways To Bring Your Teen On Board

We're heading out on a family vacation soon, and even though I wish I could say I'm excited, I am already dreading it. My 16-year-old son has made it clear that he wishes he could stay home with his buddies, and we are insisting that he come and be with the family. Do...

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Dreading Visit From Wild Nieces and Nephews

Dreading Visit From Wild Nieces and Nephews

My brother does not live near his children, so he tries to do something fun with them during their month together each summer. He usually brings them to see us for a few days during those visits, but this year, he has asked to stay with my kids and I for two weeks. I...

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