Author: Susan Stiffelman

Susan Stiffelman is the author of Parenting With Presence (An Eckhart Tolle Edition) and Parenting Without Power Struggles: Raising Joyful, Resilient Kids While Staying Cool, Calm, and Connected. She is a licensed marriage and family therapist, a credentialed teacher, an international speaker and the Huffington Post’s weekly “Parent Coach” advice columnist.. Susan is also an aspiring banjo player, a middling but determined tap-dancer, and an optimistic gardener.
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Calming tips for parents during social isolation

Posted on Apr 9, 2020 by Susan Stiffelman

Here are a few things parents can to do to find greater calm and stability during the COVID-19 ...

How to talk to your kids about coronavirus

Posted on Mar 12, 2020 by Susan Stiffelman

Although children are adaptable, they can easily worry when faced with something unfamiliar, especially if they sense our ...

Why parents should mentor, not just monitor kids’ screen time

Posted on Jan 31, 2020 by Susan Stiffelman

What follows is a story that highlights the importance of helping our kids develop a healthy relationship with ...

Getting your kids to say ‘OK’

Posted on Jan 6, 2020 by Susan Stiffelman

Why can’t my kids just say “OK” when I ask them to do something?...

Grandparents and the destructive effects of constructive criticism

Posted on Nov 18, 2019 by Susan Stiffelman

It is difficult for parents to hold back when it comes to sharing with their grown children what ...

Should you tell your kids if you’re having a rough time?

Posted on Nov 15, 2019 by Susan Stiffelman

Sometimes we don't know whether to tell the truth or put on a happy face when children are ...

What causes power struggles – and how can you avoid them?

Posted on Nov 7, 2019 by Susan Stiffelman

Getting angry doesn’t mean you’re not a good parent, but if it happens a lot, it is an indication that ...

4 Ways to avoid power struggles

Posted on Nov 4, 2019 by Susan Stiffelman

Why do some kids have to put up a fight about every single thing that we ask them ...

3 Tips for calming an anxious child

Posted on Sep 25, 2019 by Susan Stiffelman

Instead of trying to talk your child out of his or her fears, try these tips...

Children and anxiety: Helping anxious kids target their fears

Posted on Sep 13, 2019 by Susan Stiffelman

It’s better for children to share their concerns with a trusted adult than to daydream about increasingly scary ...

How to motivate your child to put in an earnest effort when they do their homework

Posted on Aug 23, 2019 by Susan Stiffelman

Getting a child to even start their homework can be fairly exhausting, can’t it?...

How to deal with a highly sensitive child

Posted on Jul 12, 2019 by Susan Stiffelman

Children who are highly sensitive face the challenge of coping with all the noise and commotion in our ...

Family holidays: 5 Ways to bring your teen on board

Posted on Jul 2, 2019 by Susan Stiffelman

If you stay flexible and resist the urge to take your teen’s behaviour personally, you can have a ...

Use your words! 6 Ways to encourage your child to express himself

Posted on Jun 4, 2019 by Susan Stiffelman

Children become resilient by living through loss and disappointment...

What to do when your teen becomes a mean sibling

Posted on May 29, 2019 by Susan Stiffelman

It is indeed difficult to navigate adolescence - for kids and parents and siblings!...

How to help your impulsive, ADHD child make better choices

Posted on May 21, 2019 by Susan Stiffelman

It takes a strong and understanding parent to help ADHD children learn the skills to make better choices...

How to get your child excited about homework

Posted on May 3, 2019 by Susan Stiffelman

What to do when your child's half-hearted homework isn't quite making the grade...

“Help! I can’t get my teen out of bed in the morning without shouting and drama”

Posted on Apr 29, 2019 by Susan Stiffelman

Regardless of their age, most children don’t bounce out of bed because they’d rather stay home!...

Is it okay that I don’t always like my kids?

Posted on Apr 3, 2019 by Susan Stiffelman

I have a dirty little secret: Sometimes I don’t like my kids...

2 Simple (yet powerful ways) to get your kids to co-operate

Posted on Apr 1, 2019 by Susan Stiffelman

Ultimately, kids do want to please and co-operate… when their natural desire to please and cooperate is activated...

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