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Susan Stiffelman

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

Susan Stiffelman | Posted 06.30.2015 | Parents
Susan Stiffelman

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 we show our children what it looks like to take full responsibility for our actions, they are much more likely to freely admit when they've made a mistake.

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

Susan Stiffelman | Posted 06.17.2015 | Parents
Susan Stiffelman

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. Healthy development is fostered by climbing trees, tapping out songs on the piano, building forts or simply lying in the grass and watching the clouds go by.

Kids Sharing a Room: Blessing or Curse?

Susan Stiffelman | Posted 06.10.2015 | Parents
Susan Stiffelman

Allow your daughters to express their feelings about the new arrangement. While some kids adjust to sharing a room without a fuss, others struggle to adapt to new situations, regardless of how hard we try to make things good for them.

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

Susan Stiffelman | Posted 06.02.2015 | Parents
Susan Stiffelman

Help your daughter become more aware of any insecurity or anxiety that might fuel her desire to be controlling. Check your judgments at the door.

The Work of Byron Katie, Parenting and Chores

Susan Stiffelman | Posted 05.26.2015 | Parents
Susan Stiffelman

I have tried everything to get my kids to do their chores, but it is a constant battle. Why can't they just do what I ask? Are all kids as lazy as mine?

5 Tips to Curb Kids' Cursing

Susan Stiffelman | Posted 05.19.2015 | Parents
Susan Stiffelman

Nearly all children find it exciting to experiment with naughty words. How we handle this phase will play a large part in determining whether swearing becomes an ongoing problem or a temporary phase.

The Work On Parenting

Susan Stiffelman | Posted 05.26.2015 | Parents
Susan Stiffelman

Most of us love our children dearly, but they can trigger our upset like no one else can! Feeling disrespected or unappreciated, we may shout, scold or threaten our kids, despite desperately wishing we could keep our cool.

My Sister's Son Bullies My Little Boy

Susan Stiffelman | Posted 05.05.2015 | Parents
Susan Stiffelman

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!

Susan Stiffelman | Posted 06.28.2015 | Parents
Susan Stiffelman

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

Susan Stiffelman | Posted 06.15.2015 | Parents
Susan Stiffelman

Our children can push our buttons like no one else can, generating tremendous pain and frustration. Our challenge as parents, again and again and at every stage, is to avoid taking our children's behavior personally.

13-Year-Old Becoming a Mean Big Sister

Susan Stiffelman | Posted 06.08.2015 | Parents
Susan Stiffelman

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 on top of that, it's as though you "miss" the daughter you once knew. Here are some thoughts that may be of help

Parenting With Presence: An Eckhart Tolle Edition

Susan Stiffelman | Posted 06.07.2015 | Parents
Susan Stiffelman

When we understand that happiness is not something we can buy, we become more at ease with our children's complaints when they can't have something they want. But rather than criticizing them for not being grateful enough, we should help them navigate through their disappointment, validating their feelings and guiding them toward acceptance.

My Stepdaughter Claims She's an Outsider

Susan Stiffelman | Posted 06.01.2015 | Parents
Susan Stiffelman

Whenever I coach the parent of a child with behavioral problems, I ask them to take a few steps back and and look at the misbehavior as a message announcing that something in the child's life isn't working.

How Can I Help My Fidgety Son Succeed in School?

Susan Stiffelman | Posted 05.18.2015 | Parents
Susan Stiffelman

As a parenting coach and family therapist, I see a steady stream of "fidgety" kids in my practice. Their parents are often at their wits end after being repeatedly chided by their child's teacher to somehow convince their youngster to manage the disruptions created by his or her constant motion.

Getting Kids to Dinner Is A Nightly Battle!

Susan Stiffelman | Posted 05.09.2015 | Parents
Susan Stiffelman

When we come AT our children with rules and regulations, they instinctively resist. But when we enlist them in collectively addressing a problem by contributing possible solutions, they will also be more likely to adhere to agreements they took part in creating.

'Dad, Stop Posting Pictures of Me on Facebook!'

Susan Stiffelman | Posted 04.25.2015 | Parents
Susan Stiffelman

For years, one of the best ways to humiliate a teen would have been to sit down with her friends and go through the family photo album. Now that every smartphone is a camera, many kids share your daughter's dilemma.

Tired of Chasing My Son at Homework Time!

Susan Stiffelman | Posted 04.19.2015 | Parents
Susan Stiffelman

Parenting works best when parents are the calm, confident Captain of the ship in their child's life. This means that while you may encourage your son to do his homework, you steer clear of putting him in the disempowering position of either granting or refusing your request. Here are a few thoughts to consider...

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

Susan Stiffelman | Posted 04.12.2015 | Parents
Susan Stiffelman

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 leap into my arms before I had barely walked through the door. And then, it changed... as it must.

How Can I Help My Daughter Stand Up for Herself?

Susan Stiffelman | Posted 04.06.2015 | Parents
Susan Stiffelman

Be careful not to criticize your daughter for being passive; that will only fuel her insecurity. Instead, help her become familiar with what it sounds and feels like to stand up for herself so you can begin to help her become more fearless.

Is My Isolating Teen Destined for Addiction?

Susan Stiffelman | Posted 03.29.2015 | Parents
Susan Stiffelman

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 manageable to him.

My Childrens' Mother Lies About Their Problems

Susan Stiffelman | Posted 03.21.2015 | Parents
Susan Stiffelman

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 are going to have to start with things as they are.

My Anger Is Hurting My Children

Susan Stiffelman | Posted 03.15.2015 | Parents
Susan Stiffelman

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 to me that they are ashamed of how often they lose their temper with their children, often over seemingly small things.

Daughter Tiptoes Around Aggressive Brother

Susan Stiffelman | Posted 03.09.2015 | Parents
Susan Stiffelman

Siblings have an enormous impact on one another's lives. While some rivalry is normal and to be expected, when a child's anger or control becomes something to be feared, it's time to take action.

Our Family's Time OFF Has Turned into Time ON... LINE

Susan Stiffelman | Posted 03.01.2015 | Parents
Susan Stiffelman

If you walk into our house after dinner, you'll see five people each staring at a screen. How can I get my family to unplug and spend some down time together?

Avoiding Christmas Morning Meltdowns

Susan Stiffelman | Posted 02.21.2015 | Parents
Susan Stiffelman

In today's world, children are bombarded with the promise of happiness if they can just get the right toys, clothes, gadgets and gizmos. It's not easy to neutralize those messages, even if we deliver heartfelt lectures about how there's more to life than "stuff."