Susan Stiffelman, is a licensed Marriage, Family and Child Therapist, an educational therapist and a highly lauded speaker. Her work offers strategies to help parents manage their reactions regardless of how their kids are behaving, so they can position themselves as the calm, confident “captain of the ship” that children cooperate with, confide in, be comforted by and respect.
She is the author Parenting Without Power Struggles: Raising Joyful, Resilient Kids While Staying Cool, Calm and Connected and Parenting With Presence: Practices for Raising Conscious, Confident, Caring Kids (an Eckhart Tolle Edition). Susan offers online events for parents around the world on topics like Raising Tweens and Teens, Parenting in the Digital Age, and Raising Siblings with guests including Byron Katie, Dr.Dan Siegel, Alanis Morissette, Dr. Jane Goodall, and Arianna Huffington. She also hosts a monthly support group with Wendy Behary on Co-Parenting with a Narcissist.
For many years, Susan offered weekly advice as the Huffington Post’s weekly “parent coach” advice columnist and the Ask the Therapist columnist for Grandparents.com. Her work has been featured on the Today Show, The New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, and numerous print and radio media. A highly lauded speaker, Ms. Stiffelman has presented workshops for organizations like Google, parenting groups from Paris to Dakkar, and countless educational organizations.
Susan is an out of the box thinker. She taught herself Hindi as a teenager, developing her fluency by calling people named “Singh” out of the phone book. She took her then 15 year old son on a two and a half month trip to Uganda, Tanzania, Australia and New Zealand, volunteering at the community outreach compound of former Black Panther Pete O’Neil, visiting Masai tribes, and spending time at village schools in both Africa and Maori establishments in New Zealand.
Finally, Susan is deeply committed to enjoying her life, living with appreciation and having fun. She has had a regular meditation practice since she was seventeen years old, and has always made the nourishment of her heart and soul the number one priority.