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I've Had It With My Kids Complaining That They're Bored!

I've Had It With My Kids Complaining That They're Bored!

Susan Stiffelman  07.26.2016
Children are immensely adaptable, finding ways to adjust to all kinds of circumstances when necessary. Most of us have observed that when...
'My Passionate Child Overwhelms Me!'

'My Passionate Child Overwhelms Me!'

Susan Stiffelman  07.19.2016
Many times I've worked with a parent who was brought up being told to keep her feelings to herself -- scolded if she dared to express her...
My Stepson Is Angry and Aggressive When He's Here!

My Stepson Is Angry and Aggressive When He's Here!

Susan Stiffelman  05.31.2016
Your stepson has been thrown into a situation that I see all too often: one parent says negative things about the other parent or stepparent,...
Confessions of a Tee-Ball Coach

Confessions of a Tee-Ball Coach

Brianne L Croteau  05.25.2016
I don't mind that innings start late because kids are waving to their parents in the stands and asking for "just one more bite" of their...
I've Had it With My Sassy 9-Year Old!

I've Had it With My Sassy 9-Year Old!

Susan Stiffelman  04.11.2016
Isn't it strange how children seem to operate from two different rule books? One tells them how to behave when they're out in public, and...
Teen's Drinking Has Me Worried

Teen's Drinking Has Me Worried

Susan Stiffelman  03.28.2016
Although there are stacks of books with advice for talking with teens about worrisome drinking and/or partying, they all assume one thing:...
Single Parents: Please Ask for Help

Single Parents: Please Ask for Help

Susan Stiffelman  03.15.2016
Even parents with a partner living under the same roof know that the probability of patiently meeting every need is impossible. But for...
'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...