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'It's Not Fair! Why Does My Sister Get To... ?'

'It's Not Fair! Why Does My Sister Get To... ?'

Susan Stiffelman  02. 3.2016
Siblings who are raised by parents who understand and normalize their feelings of jealousy get a head start in developing healthy relationships...
13 Year Old Skipping Gym Class Every Day!

13 Year Old Skipping Gym Class Every Day!

Susan Stiffelman  01.24.2016
If we want to provide our youngsters with advice they will actually listen to, we have to make sure their ears, minds and hearts are open....
Mom Tired of Battling Tired Teen to Get Up in the Morning!

Mom Tired of Battling Tired Teen to Get Up in the Morning!

Susan Stiffelman  01.12.2016
Your son is moving rapidly toward adulthood. Rather than trying to control his bedtime -- which at 16 is not likely -- fortify your connection...
To Reach (for the Cell Phone) or Not to Reach, That Is the Question

To Reach (for the Cell Phone) or Not to Reach, That Is the Question

Susan Stiffelman  11. 4.2015
If you are finding it increasingly difficult to remain genuinely present with your child when you hear your digital device beckons, you...
7 Kids and Their Rooms Are a Mess!

7 Kids and Their Rooms Are a Mess!

Susan Stiffelman  10.28.2015
Children don't want to do what they don't want to do. Whether it's tidying their room, taking out the trash, or putting on their pajamas,...
Perfectionism Makes Raising a Toddler Very Challenging

Perfectionism Makes Raising a Toddler Very Challenging

Susan Stiffelman  10.19.2015
Despite all those yummy baby kisses and cozy snuggles, children push our ability to tolerate disorder to its absolute limits. Parenting...
Can't Get Your Kids to Go to Sleep? Try These 7 Steps!

Can't Get Your Kids to Go to Sleep? Try These 7 Steps!

Tammy Gold  10.16.2015
So often, parents stay until their child falls asleep - I suggest an alternate route. I call this "exiting ritual." Many of my clients...
'I'm Too Tired to Enjoy My Kids!'

'I'm Too Tired to Enjoy My Kids!'

Susan Stiffelman  10. 5.2015
I wanted badly to be a mother and I love my children to pieces, but I am so exhausted that I wake up in the morning dreading the day ahead....
Teenage Girls, Mothers, and Aunties

Teenage Girls, Mothers, and Aunties

Susan Stiffelman  08.31.2015
Until very recently, raising children almost always included the support of extended family and friends. These days, parents often feel...
An Unplugged Sigh of Relief

An Unplugged Sigh of Relief

Susan Stiffelman  07.21.2015
Breathe in the sounds, the smells, and the peace of a summer day or evening with your kids. Let the beeps beep, the pings ping and the...
My 6-Year-Old Blames Others When Things Go Wrong

My 6-Year-Old Blames Others When Things Go Wrong

Susan Stiffelman  06.29.2015
Avoid finger pointing. When you make a mistake, admit it -- without trying to say it was because of what someone did or didn't do. When...
Am I Shortchanging My Kids By Not Enrolling Them in Summer Activities?

Am I Shortchanging My Kids By Not Enrolling Them in Summer Activities?

Susan Stiffelman  06.16.2015
Kids need space in their day to wander aimlessly, finding ways to entertain themselves in a way that doesn't involve a battery or a plug....
Should You Coach Your Own Kid?

Should You Coach Your Own Kid?

Fred Engh  06.11.2015
As a former director of a youth sports organization with more than 15,000 kids playing all sports, I can tell you I've seen some great...