Susan’s Sharings

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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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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5 Tips for Getting Kids to Come to Dinner

5 Tips for Getting Kids to Come to Dinner

Every night, either my husband or I make dinner for our three kids. We both work hard at our jobs, so it is an effort to put together something nice, but we think it is important. Even so, we can't get our kids to come to the table. It's all about the TV or texting...

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Am I Crazy to Get a Dog For My Kids?

Am I Crazy to Get a Dog For My Kids?

My children are begging for a dog. They promise they'll do all the work, but given the power struggles we have around chores, I don't think they can be counted on. I feel bad depriving my children of a family pet, but I want to be realistic. My husband and I both work...

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