Susan’s Sharings

Neck up/ Neck Down Communication

Neck up/ Neck Down Communication

When our children’s words trouble us, it’s easy to ignore the real message—the feelings that they’re attempting to express through language. When this happens, we end up arguing with them, using logic in an attempt to correct their thinking. They feel misunderstood, and the conversation comes to a screeching halt

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Weaning off the Electronic Babysitter

Weaning off the Electronic Babysitter

A child who is plugged into an electronic babysitter whenever he complains that “there ’s nothing to do” becomes an adult who is incapable of being alone with his thoughts for more than fifteen minutes. In The Mindful Brain, Dr. Daniel Siegel says,...

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Why Can’t My Daughter Just Put On Her Shoes?

Why Can’t My Daughter Just Put On Her Shoes?

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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Our Only Child Won’t Play by Herself

Our Only Child Won’t Play by Herself

Our 10-year-old is an only child and there aren't any kids her age in the neighborhood where we live. My wife and I have been her main playmate since she was born. I was an only child and loved being by myself but my daughter almost always wants company. We enjoy...

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5 Tips for Calming an Angry Child

5 Tips for Calming an Angry Child

Unless you’re a saint, dealing with an angry child is challenging at best. While no parent enjoys their child’s explosive outbursts, anger is a normal and human emotion. Help your son develop a better capacity for handling his anger with these tips:

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20 Confidence Builders

20 Confidence Builders

I'm not a big fan of praise. I know that sounds awful to some, but my view is that if we position ourselves as the Deciders of Good, our children become adults who tend to look outside themselves for approval. The following remarks express our appreciation or...

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