Susan’s Sharings

Mother’s Day Love

Mother’s Day Love

With Mother’s Day this month, I’ve been reflecting on the experience of mothering and fathering: the uncertainties, the joys ... the love. It’s hard to describe how radically we're changed when a child arrives; it’s as though we're rearranged in that first moment, and...

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Daughter Tiptoes Around Aggressive Brother

Daughter Tiptoes Around Aggressive Brother

"My son has intense rages. When things don't go the way he wants them to, he lashes out and often takes his anger out on his little sister. How can we help our daughter deal with his anger? He can be a great kid -- funny and smart -- but my little girl has become a...

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The Silent Treatment

The Silent Treatment

Not long ago, I found myself in conversation with a young daddy. After asking what I did for a living, he volunteered that he and his wife had an 18 month old who had been having frequent tantrums. "We give him the silent treatment. It makes him really mad but if we...

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What if this is the greatest moment of your life?

What if this is the greatest moment of your life?

Last week I was walking out of Trader Joe's toward my car, wrapping up an ordinary errand on an ordinary day. But something happened, and I haven't been able to stop thinking about it. It wasn't anything dramatic. I was just wheeling my cart as I normally would. But I...

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Are You Burned Out?

Are You Burned Out?

When my son was about 8 months old, I reached a point of such deep fatigue that I told my husband I needed a little "me" time. I went to the corner grocery store to rent a video, thinking I'd go home, take a bath, get cozy under the covers, and watch something while...

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What If You Were Your Biggest Fan?

What If You Were Your Biggest Fan?

Recently, a number of articles have been circulating about how thoroughly overwhelmed parents are these days. I'm not surprised; the past year has seen us facing uncertainty, fear, and loss in ways we never imagined. When I hear stories of parents who say they feel...

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How To Avoid Losing Your Cool With Your Kids

How To Avoid Losing Your Cool With Your Kids

I love my kids, but I yell at them much more often than I'd like. What can I do to keep my cool when they act badly? Signed, Always Yelling Dear Always Yelling, This is one of my most frequently asked parenting questions! No matter how much we love our babies, the...

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Ways To Reduce Parenting Stress

Ways To Reduce 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. The pandemic has obviously made...

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Accepting Loss (of an Election) When it’s Time

Accepting Loss (of an Election) When it’s Time

No one likes to lose. We all prefer to come out on top–especially when we’re heavily invested in a particular outcome. If you’re a child, it may be hard to accept that you’re not going to get that second cookie or a chance to watch a third Simpsons episode. Teens may...

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Exhausted By My Boys!

Exhausted By My Boys!

My boys, who are 6 and 8, are very physical. When they can't be outside, they are constantly wrestling with each other, making noise or running around the house. What should I do to get them to behave better? Not long ago, as I was walking through an outdoor mall, I...

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