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'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...
Kids Sharing a Room: Blessing or Curse?

Kids Sharing a Room: Blessing or Curse?

Susan Stiffelman  06.10.2015
Allow your daughters to express their feelings about the new arrangement. While some kids adjust to sharing a room without a fuss, others...
Negative 9-Year-Old Won't 'Go With the Flow!'

Negative 9-Year-Old Won't 'Go With the Flow!'

Susan Stiffelman  06. 2.2015
Help your daughter become more aware of any insecurity or anxiety that might fuel her desire to be controlling. Check your judgments at...
5 Tips to Curb Kids' Cursing

5 Tips to Curb Kids' Cursing

Susan Stiffelman  05.19.2015
Nearly all children find it exciting to experiment with naughty words. How we handle this phase will play a large part in determining whether...
My Sister's Son Bullies My Little Boy

My Sister's Son Bullies My Little Boy

Susan Stiffelman  05. 5.2015
If your boys are playing together and your nephew gets frustrated with your son, help him feel sad.
My 4-Year-Old Can't Calm Down!

My 4-Year-Old Can't Calm Down!

Susan Stiffelman  04.28.2015
My 4 1/2-year-old son is a sweet boy, but he seems to lose his ability to listen or calm down whenever he is deep in play with his friends....
Not Taking Our Children's Behavior Personally

Not Taking Our Children's Behavior Personally

Susan Stiffelman  04.15.2015
Our children can push our buttons like no one else can, generating tremendous pain and frustration. Our challenge as parents, again and...
13-Year-Old Becoming a Mean Big Sister

13-Year-Old Becoming a Mean Big Sister

Susan Stiffelman  04. 8.2015
It is very difficult to see our child being mistreated, but even more so when the unkindness comes from one of our other children. And...