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My Kids Used to Think I Hung the Moon...

My Kids Used to Think I Hung the Moon...

Susan Stiffelman  02.10.2015
I remember the days when I was the oxygen my son could hardly do without. Reunions were dramatic; after being away an hour or two he would...
How Can I Help My Daughter Stand Up for Herself?

How Can I Help My Daughter Stand Up for Herself?

Susan Stiffelman  02. 4.2015
Be careful not to criticize your daughter for being passive; that will only fuel her insecurity. Instead, help her become familiar with...
Is My Isolating Teen Destined for Addiction?

Is My Isolating Teen Destined for Addiction?

Susan Stiffelman  01.27.2015
The important thing is to gently steer him out of isolation and into activities that connect him with others, in ways that feel safe and...
My Childrens' Mother Lies About Their Problems

My Childrens' Mother Lies About Their Problems

Susan Stiffelman  01.20.2015
t is in your children's best interest for their mother to keep you involved and informed about what is going on in their lives. But you...
My Anger Is Hurting My Children

My Anger Is Hurting My Children

Susan Stiffelman  01.13.2015
You may be surprised to hear how many parents secretly struggle with rage, even ones who seem to have it all together often confess privately...
Avoiding Christmas Morning Meltdowns

Avoiding Christmas Morning Meltdowns

Susan Stiffelman  12.22.2014
In today's world, children are bombarded with the promise of happiness if they can just get the right toys, clothes, gadgets and gizmos....
My Cousin Calls Her Daughter 'Dummy' and 'Stupid'!

My Cousin Calls Her Daughter 'Dummy' and 'Stupid'!

Susan Stiffelman  12.15.2014
It is terribly awkward to deal with a child's upsetting behavior without stepping on the toes of her parent. Your situation is even more...
Am I Overindulging My Children?

Am I Overindulging My Children?

Susan Stiffelman  12.10.2014
It isn't easy to deprive kids of the things that make them happy when our instinct is to do whatever we can to keep them smiling. Here...
Trouble Parenting My Stepson

Trouble Parenting My Stepson

Susan Stiffelman  12. 2.2014
Your family is going through significant growing pains, with everyone having to make some big adjustments. Rather than giving you suggestions...
My Impulsive Son Throws Caution to the Wind

My Impulsive Son Throws Caution to the Wind

Susan Stiffelman  11.26.2014
With little children, it is obvious that we need to act as their prefrontal cortex because we know that they aren't capable of inhibiting...
Husband Says Son Misbehaves Because Wife Doesn't Punish

Husband Says Son Misbehaves Because Wife Doesn't Punish

Susan Stiffelman  11.20.2014
Children who feel liked, cherished and enjoyed want to behave well because they naturally want to please us. When they sense tension between...
Burdened With Guilt Over Past Parenting Mistakes

Burdened With Guilt Over Past Parenting Mistakes

Susan Stiffelman  11.11.2014
There is no way to undo the actions of your past. But if you do the work of mourning for what you and your children have lost, you will...

8 Tips for Helping Kids Get Over Fear of Dogs

Susan Stiffelman  11. 4.2014
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...
Am I Crazy To Get A Dog For My Kids?

Am I Crazy To Get A Dog For My Kids?

Susan Stiffelman  10.28.2014
A family pet can add immeasurable joy to family life, but before you "bite" into dog ownership, make sure your expectations are based on...