Susan’s Sharings

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!

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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Child’s Irrational Fear of Dogs

Child’s Irrational Fear of Dogs

My seven-year old daughter is PETRIFIED of dogs even though she has never been bitten or attacked. It can be a tea cup Chihuahua or a Great Dane, the result is the same-- she freezes and screams. We have explained that dogs bark to communicate or jump because they...

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Whining, Meltdowns, and Tantrums–Oh My!

Whining, Meltdowns, and Tantrums–Oh My!

Sylvie came to my office after the initial series of counseling sessions she'd had with her son had wrapped up two years ago. We talked about the many ways their life had changed since then. She shared this: "I was in so much pain when Sam and I started counseling,...

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My Child Saw Porn. What Should I do?

My Child Saw Porn. What Should I do?

It's natural and healthy and normal for kids to be curious about sex. But when they stumble on websites featuring extreme fetishes, sexual aggression and images that do not depict sex as an act of loving play and connection between consenting adults, it raises great...

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Catherine: Triggered by Her Daughter’s Defiance

Catherine: Triggered by Her Daughter’s Defiance

In a recent get together with my Parenting Without Power Struggles Members, Catherine* asked me to do some coaching with her because she was becoming increasingly angry and reactive when her daughter refused do as she was asked. "I give her a five minute warning...

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A True Story of Captaining the Ship

A True Story of Captaining the Ship

"The pilot’s voice was calm yet focused as her plane descended...'Southwest 1380, we’re single engine,' said Capt. Tammie Jo Shults, a former fighter pilot with the U.S. Navy. “We have part of the aircraft missing, so we’re going to need to slow down a bit.” She asked...

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The Importance of Getting Less Done

The Importance of Getting Less Done

Last night I went to hear Anne Lamott, one of my favorite authors and a genuine emissary of kindness. Something inside me settled down as I listened to her stories of loss and delight and awe and heartbreak. I was quieted. We move through life with a speediness that...

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