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13-Year-Old Becoming a Mean Big Sister

13-Year-Old Becoming a Mean Big Sister

Our daughter is 13, and although her teachers and friend's parents tell us she is delightful, she is horrible to her younger brother, and to me. It is especially hard on her 10-year-old brother to hear people praising her for being so sweet when she teases and ignores...

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5 Tips for Helping Little Ones Adjust to Babysitters

5 Tips for Helping Little Ones Adjust to Babysitters

My almost-5-year-old daughter refuses to stay with a babysitter. I have no family nearby and it has been ages since my husband and I went out on a date night. (The last time was six months ago when my mother was in town. She is the only one my daughter will stay...

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How to Curb Kids Cursing

How to Curb Kids Cursing

My 4-year old has recently discovered bad words, and he has been swearing up a storm! His two older brothers laugh hysterically, even though I beg them not to encourage him. I'm afraid he's going to say bad words around my parents or our neighbors. What can we do to...

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When Parents and Grandparents Disagree

When Parents and Grandparents Disagree

Over the past few weeks, I’ve been immersed in the world of grandparenting as I’ve been privileged to talk with over 20 experts on a range of topics related to grandparenting. (You can visit this page for summaries.)    While each interview addresses a different...

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How to Talk With Grandparents About Rules

How to Talk With Grandparents About Rules

I have a lot of trouble getting my parents to enforce my rules about bedtime, appropriate snack foods, etc. when my children spend the night at their house. I have repeatedly told my mom and dad not to let the kids stay up late or eat lots of sugar -- but they let...

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Grandson Won’t Sleep in His Own Bed!

Grandson Won’t Sleep in His Own Bed!

Dear Susan, My 2-and-a-half-year-old grandson still sleeps in bed with his parents. My daughter and her husband have tried to put him in his own bed, but he still winds up in theirs. We are expecting another grandchild any day now and I think this will pose a problem...

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My granddaughters are becoming sexually active – help!

My granddaughters are becoming sexually active – help!

My grandkids are 15 and 17 and they are starting to be sexually active. I am fearful that one of them will get pregnant. My daughter is a single mom who had her oldest when she herself was a teenager and it was—and continues to be—very difficult for her. What can I do...

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Healing Relationships Between Parents and Grandparents

Healing Relationships Between Parents and Grandparents

Maybe an innocent but misunderstood remark to a son or daughter-in-law triggered a spiral of anger. Maybe the fallout from a bitter divorce left a grandparent on the outside looking in. Maybe a miscommunication over babysitting led to accusations that couldn’t be...

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Struggling in School!

"My son is a sweet, loving, silly 11-year-old. Unfortunately, in the last few years, he has struggled in school, which has significantly decreased his self esteem. He often over-apologizes, says things to gain approval, will do whatever anyone else wants to do and...

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