Are you tired of bribing or threatening your kids to get them to cooperate?

The Parenting Without Power Struggles Monthly Membership Program will help you have more joy... and fewer power struggles with your children!

Imagine the comfort of having access to personalized help from an experienced family counselor for whatever parenting challenges you may be facing.

I’ve worked with thousands of parents for over four decades as a teacher and licensed psychotherapist with extensive training in attachment theory, learning style, ADHD, and mindfulness for families.

I’ve written two best-selling books and hosted parenting workshops from Africa to Kansas, Israel to Seattle.

What I’ve found parents most need is an experienced and reliable guide to help address ever-changing challenges as our children grow up.

Without a safe place to sort through our parenting challenges, we may do nothing at all, hoping the situation will resolve itself.

Unfortunately, what began as a small issue may become a full-blown problem; a bossy child may start losing friends; a youngster may move from preferring video games to having meltdowns when they're taken away because they're the only thing that makes them happy; minor flare ups may turn into escalating rages--in our child, or in ourselves!

To that end, I have created a membership community that will help you enjoy a peaceful, joyful family life.

You’ll have support when you hit a rough patch and inspiration to keep you on track when things are going well!

Working with parents and children has been my passion and joy for over forty years. (I was young when I started!) I began my work as a credentialed teacher and then became licensed as a Marriage and Family psychotherapist.

For many years, I was the parenting expert for AOL and the Huffington Post, writing a weekly advice column on every aspect of raising children.

I have written the popular book, 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.)

Decades of experience have led me to develop a way of approaching children that fosters cooperation -- instead of power struggles, negotiations, and arguments.

I show parents how to stay confidently calm as the “Captain of the ship”, even in the face of difficult behavior.

And I help families deepen attachment and connection, allowing parents and children to enjoy one another, creating joy, ease, and harmony in the home.

Your membership includes:

Two live coaching calls per month with me. Submit questions in advance or apply for personal coaching. Each call is recorded, so you can watch these sessions whenever you like.


Foundations Mini-Course. A nine-part class on the principles I teach, included with your membership!


Community. Meet fellow parents committed to growing and learning together.


Weekly Wisdom. Inspirational emails in between sessions to help you stay on track.


Get answers quickly. We make it simple to find previously answered questions related to your own concerns.


Master Classes. Special discounts on my classes, webinars and summit recordings.


Accountability partners. Make personal connections with other parents to share your challenges and cheer each other on.

What If...?

What if I have a parenting question but I can't show up on a call to ask for help?

Questions are submitted ahead of time for each coaching session. Those who don't attend live receive the same attention as those who do!

How is this program different from those offered by other parenting coaches?

I have a Bachelor's degree in Developmental Psychology, a Masters degree in Clinical Psychology, a teaching credential, and decades of experience working with families as a licensed Marriage and Family therapist. My insights and instincts come from over 40 years experience working with thousands of parents and children, In other words, I have qualifications that are not typical for the hosts of most parenting programs. 

What if things are going pretty well in my family's life? Don't most members join because they have problems with their children?

Some parents join the program because they need help NOW for issues, but most of our members because they want to solidify a parenting style that aligns with their sensibilities, even  if it's not what they experienced growing up. And many members with young children tell me that what they learn from hearing me address questions related to parenting older kids has helped them avoid problems they feel they would otherwise have struggled with.

What if I'm a lifelong yeller! Isn't it impossible for a tiger to change her spots?

I wish I had a nickel for every time a parent tried to convince me that her situation or temperament was special. The short answer is this: ANY parent can make changes in how they engage with their child if they have regular, ongoing support. I've seen it happen with parents who were convinced that the only way their kids would cooperate would be to yell, threaten, or bribe. It may seem like you'll always be a Lawyer or Dictator, but I've been doing this a long, long time and I know that every parent can move toward being the calm Captain of the ship when they have ongoing help.

What if I work full-time? It's unlikely I will ever be able to attend the live sessions at all. 

Parents are busy! While it's fun to be on the calls, most of our members watch the replays of our sessions. If you don't want to waste hours searching YouTube for free advice that may not be effective, our membership is a rare opportunity to get top-quality, personalized support at a fraction of the cost of sessions with a trained, trustworthy professional.

What if I'm so busy I can't even imagine having time to watch the replays?

We attach a time-stamp to each replay video with each specific question and my answer. This means you can easily fast forward to hear to just hear the information most relevant to you. Parents tell me that they often play the audio in the background while folding laundry or preparing a meal, or that they tune in for 5 or 10 minutes at a time. Even listening for a few minutes can help you break with old parenting patterns and stay on track to become the calm, Captain of the ship.

Frequently Asked Questions

When do the coaching calls happen?

The coaching calls are generally held on the 5th and 20th of each month at varied times so people in all time zones can participate live as often as possible.

What ages is this for?

We have designed the program to benefit parents of toddlers through teens. You are welcome to attend both calls, or just the call for your child’s age range. 

What if I can't make the coaching calls?

We vary call times so that no matter what part of the world you live in, you’ll be able to make some of the calls in person. However, the call replays reside in your member portal so you can watch at your convenience. You can also post your questions in advance and tune in to the replay for personalized guidance.

What can I expect out of this membership?

You can expect consistent support to help you become the calm, confident Captain of the ship in your children's lives. Through monthly coaching, emails, and group calls, you will have my ongoing help to navigate whatever ups and downs show up in your parenting life.

Is there a commitment required to stay in the program?

There is no enrollment commitment - you can cancel at any time. Your access to membership benefits, including coaching call replays, is based on your active membership. If your monthly charge is unsuccessful, your membership will pause until you update your credit card details. If you cancel your membership, you will no longer have access to the member coaching call recordings.

Parents share their experience:

Susan does an amazing job of explaining how to get rid of the patterns that you were raised with and not repeat them with your children. She helped me understand why certain behaviors triggered me from issues from my own childhood. Knowing this has helped me be aware of those triggers and really start to enjoy parenting my two beautiful girls. R.T

I have only been a member for a few months but my husband and I can already see that things are much better in our house. Fewer shouting matches, more lighthearted moments. I needed the regular sessions to help me take the ideas I loved in your book and make them real. Thank you from the bottom of my heart. B. K.

"I would have said you were crazy if you had told me that after a few weeks I'd feel closer than ever to my kids, and that they'd be helping with clean up without a knock down, drag out fight. My husband was ...sure that I was wasting my time and money when I joined. But it's been about a year and a half, and I can't imagine finding better support as my kids keep growing into new stages with different challenges. Susan has been a life-saver!"


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