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

Posted on November 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 November 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 September 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 September 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 August 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 July 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 July 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 June 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 April 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 April 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 April 1, 2019 by Susan Stiffelman

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

How to reclaim your bedroom (and get your child to sleep in their own bed!)

Posted on April 1, 2019 by Susan Stiffelman

Some families choose to have their children sleep with them. If that works for you, by all means, ...

The trouble with time-outs

Posted on March 28, 2019 by Susan Stiffelman

Time-outs are the equivalent of shunning, and can terrify - or harden - a child who is dependent ...

Get enough sleep! PLUS other steps to stress-free parenting

Posted on March 4, 2019 by Susan Stiffelman

Life in today’s fast-paced world can wear us down, causing us to be increasingly vulnerable to stress as ...

Parenting with presence

Posted on March 1, 2019 by Susan Stiffelman

Bringing a serene attitude to parenting sounds great on paper. It’s living that way in real life with ...

5 Ways to reduce school anxiety

Posted on February 24, 2019 by Susan Stiffelman

Kids are much more responsive to our input when they sense our compassion instead of our irritation...

How to get your only child to play alone

Posted on February 20, 2019 by Susan Stiffelman

With the presence of digital devices in every corner of our lives, helping kids become comfortable with solitude ...

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