December 12, 2019
In this episode, Susan is joined by parent educators Janet Lansbury and Maggie Dent to talk through a wide-range of issues related to addressing misbehavior, strengthening connection, and managing our own parenting insecurities. A special episode filled with lots of insights, tips, and laughter!
December 4, 2019
Susan talks with Jessica Morey, founder of Inward Bound Mindfulness Educator), about the impact on teens of mindfulness retreats. You’ll hear insights into what’s going on in the teen brain and how mindfulness and contemplative practice can radically improve focus, resilience, and a positive sense of self.
November 27, 2019
Susan shares simple practices that parents can use to help children naturally develop a sense of gratitude and appreciation in their daily lives. An uplifting episode with lots of ideas for cultivating an attitude of gratitude!
November 21, 2019
Susan talks with Jeanne-Marie Paynel, founder of Voila Montessori and parenting mentor, about establishing kid-friendly rituals and routines--including food preparation and cleanup-- to make meals a time of connection, learning, and nourishment.
November 12, 2019
Susan talks with Drs. Gay and Katie Hendricks, pioneers in the field of conscious loving and body awareness, about raising emotionally intelligent children. This wide-ranging conversation covers how to acknowledge difficult feelings with children, how to recognize our true "Yes" and "No", and the importance of leading with appreciation.
November 5, 2019
Even though we may long to avoid tiring arguments and negotiations with our kids, unexamined fears and worries can fan the flames of power struggles. In this episode, Susan talks about how a mother's childhood experiences influence how she engages with her daughter over what to eat for breakfast.
October 30, 2019
Susan talks with Katie Hurley, author of The Depression Workbook for Teens, Tools to Improve Your Mood, Build Self-Esteem, and Stay Motivation. The conversation explores ways that parents can empower their kids to cope effectively with stress, anxiety, and depression. An important conversation for parents of teens and younger children.
October 22, 2019
Susan talks with Judith Orloff, author of The Empath's Survival Guide and Thriving as an Empath, about how parents can handle the overwhelming demands of children. While the suggestions will be helpful to all parents, special attention is paid in this conversation to those who are highly sensitive or who identify as empaths.
October 14, 2019
Susan talks with Lenore Skenazy, author of Free Range Kids, about how to raise resilient, confident children. You'll hear practical suggestions for cultivating a sense of independence in your kids, and a lively discussion about what it means to be an attentive parent.
October 7, 2019
Susan speaks with Byron Katie, author of Loving What Is and A Mind at Home With Itself. In their conversation, Katie talks about how her relationship with her children changed after discovering The Work, and shares how self-inquiry can foster deeper connection with our children and teens.
October 1, 2019
When I was 16, I taught myself to speak Hindi because my desire to learn the language had been awakened. Kids love to learn, when they're interested! Tune in to hear me talk about how to fan the flames of children's passions with Multiple Intelligences, even if they're weary of school and think learning is "dumb."
September 24, 2019
Susan talks with Christina McGhee, author of Parenting Apart, about how to address challenges associated with helping a child adjust after divorce. The discussion includes managing transitions, offloading a child's feelings in healthy ways, and ensuring kids don't get overloaded with parents' own difficult emotions.
September 17, 2019
Susan chats with Janell Burley Hofmann, author of iRules: What Every Tech-Healthy Family Needs to Know About Selfies, Sexting, Gaming and Growing Up. Susan and Janell talk about how to incorporate technology into family life in ways that preserve connection and encourage engagement with the real, 3D world. Loaded with tips for using technology without being ruled by it.
September 10, 2019
Susan talks with Wendy Behary, author of Disarming the Narcissist: Surviving and Thriving with the Self-Absorbed. Susan and Wendy discuss challenges associated with co-parenting with someone who has narcissistic tendencies, including an absence of empathy, a sense of entitlement, and a focus on attention and approval--at the cost of addressing children's needs. Susan and Wendy co-host a monthly support group on Co-Parenting With a Narcissist.
August 28, 2019
Susan talks with Maggie Dent, beloved parent educator from Australia, about raising children who are especially strong-willed and energetic. "Rooster children" can wear out even the best-intentioned parent! You'll get tips for creating calm, getting rest, and managing expectations.
August 23, 2019
Susan talks with Susan Kaiser Greenland, author of The Mindful Child and Mindful Games shares ways that families can integrate mindfulness into their everyday lives, developing the resilience, presence, and compassion that will help them navigate life's ups and downs.
August 21, 2019
Children are wired to resist coercion, especially when most of our interactions are about making a request or demand. In this episode, I answer a parent's question about how to handle her 12 year old son who accuses her of being grumpy whenever she asks him to turn off the TV to do his chores or homework.
August 14, 2019
Susan talks with Dr. William Stixrud, author of The Self-Driven Child, about the rise of anxiety and depression in kids who report feeling increasingly controlled and micromanaged by well-meaning parents. Kids need a sense of agency to grow into resilient adults. An important, thought-provoking conversation.
August 6, 2019
Susan talks with Jon Kabat-Zinn, PhD and Myla Kabat-Zinn about the opportunities for mindful presence that come with raising children. Jon is known for his work as a scientist, writer, and meditation teacher engaged in bringing mindfulness into the mainstream of medicine and society. He and his wife Myla are the authors of Everyday Blessings: The Inner Work of Mindful Parenting.
July 30, 2019
Susan talks with Julie Lythcott-Haims, author of How to Raise an Adult, about raising children who grow into confident, capable, resilient adults. Many parents feel they should do all they can to help their kids get good grades. But are we shortchanging our children when we do?
July 19, 2019
High sensitivity is a trait shared by 20% of the population, serving a vital function in the survival of the species. A fascinating look at the gifts of deep feeling and creativity, as well as the challenges of overstimulation that come with this trait.
July 14, 2019
Susan talks with psychiatrist Dr. Dan Siegel about attachment, including a discussion about the number one predictor of how children will become attached to a parent. Susan and Dan also talk about the importance of understanding that there is no such thing as perfect parenting--and how to make relationship repairs when we've temporarily lost our way as parents.
July 9, 2019
It's easy to lose our parenting cool when we think our kids are deliberately pushing our buttons. But what if we could stop taking our child's frustrating behaviors personally? In this episode, family therapist Susan Stiffelman offers a different way of looking at difficult behaviors that will make it easier to stay calm through those parenting storms.
July 2, 2019
As parents, it's easy to make our children's needs front and center, forgetting that we also need support. Susan talks with Debbie Reber from Tilt Parenting about the importance of finding our tribe, and knowing we can lean on others when we're overwhelmed or just having a hard day.
June 25, 2019
Susan talks with Dr. Kristin Neff, author of Self- Compassion about the importance of treating ourselves with kindness and care. You'll learn how to soothe yourself when you're overwhelmed and how to manage those mean voices in your head that fuel shame and regret. A powerful interview that will help you move through the world a little gentler with yourself.
June 18, 2019
Susan talks with Dr. Michael Gurian about brain development, differences in male/ female brains, and many more fascinating insights about some of the elements that contribute to our children's behavior.
June 9, 2019
Parenting expert and family therapist Susan Stiffelman talks about the three ways we can relate to our children: as the calm Captain of the ship, the negotiating Lawyer, or the overpowering Dictator. For more information on Susan's classes and events, visit
June 9, 2019
Dr. Jane Goodall speaks with Susan about how her mother nurtured her dreams, even when they seemed impossible. You'll hear Susan share some of her takeaways from this conversation, as well as talk about how parents can help their children discover their unique passions.
June 9, 2019
Susan shares excerpts from her Parenting in the Digital Age summit conversation with Trudy Goodman and Jack Kornfield as they talk about the many ways our children can inspire us to grow in presence, compassion, and love. Susan then shares a story about an exhausted mom who came for counseling when she was at the end of her rope.
June 9, 2019
Glennon Doyle joins Susan in conversation about helping children through sorrow, loss and grief. Although our instinct is to cheer our kids up when they're sad, you'll hear why it's important to help them feel their feelings--even the difficult ones. Join for this special conversation with Glennon Doyle. Find Glennon at and on Instagram
May 13, 2019
This short intro serves as a prequel for Susan Stiffelman's Parenting Without Power Struggles podcast
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