Parenting Without Power Struggles

Susan Stiffelman

  • 40 minutes 53 seconds
    1:79 Co-Parenting with a Narcissist, with Dr. Ramani Durvasula

    In this episode, Susan talks with Dr. Ramani Durvasula, author of author of the new book, It's Not You: Identifying and Healing from Narcissistic People, as well as the books Should I Stay Or Should I Go? Surviving A Relationship With A Narcissist, and Don't You Know Who I Am? How To Stay Sane In An Era Of Narcissism, Entitlement and Incivility. Susan and Dr. Durvasula discuss difficulties, grief and legal challenges associated with co-parenting with someone who has narcissistic tendencies.

    28 May 2024, 7:21 pm
  • 42 minutes 53 seconds
    3:12 Helping Kids Become Resilient Adults With Julie Lythcott-Haims

    In this episode, Susan talks with Julie Lythcott-Haims about the challenges of parenting, particularly as children transition into adulthood. They discuss the ways in which parents' roles evolve as their children grow, and the importance of parents modeling healthy adult behavior for their children. Julie describes the ultimate goal of parenting as raising independent and resilient adults who can thrive on their own.

    14 May 2024, 6:53 pm
  • 16 minutes 46 seconds
    3:12 Restless and Fidgety Kids with Susan Stiffelman

    In this episode, Susan explores the challenges children face with restlessness, fidgetiness, and hyperactivity, particularly in the school environment. She emphasizes the importance of movement, play, and imagination in child development, noting that traditional classroom settings may not always accommodate natural developmental needs. Susan suggests practical strategies for parents and schools to support children, such as incorporating brief movement breaks and providing tools for fidgeting.

    19 April 2024, 6:51 pm
  • 13 minutes 9 seconds
    3:11 Attachment Instincts with Gabor Mate, MD

    In this episode, Susan talks with Dr. Gabor Maté about attachment instincts, peer orientation, and the importance of parental presence in building a strong parent-child relationship. Dr. Maté explains how children's attachment to peers can affect their behavior and relationships, emphasizing the need for parents to maintain primary attachment with their children.

    8 April 2024, 9:35 pm
  • 25 minutes 15 seconds
    3:10 Rest Is A Sacred Act With Robyn Posin, PhD

    In this episode, Susan talks with her friend and colleague, Robyn Posin, PhD. They discuss Robyn's book, "Go Only as Fast as Your Slowest Part Feels Safe to Go: Tales to Kindle Gentleness and Compassion for Our Exhausted Selves." They explore the importance of slowing down in today's fast-paced world, the need for rest as a sacred act, and the significance of mental and emotional well-being. Robyn shares practical tips and anecdotes to prioritize self-care and embrace a more mindful approach to life.

    2 April 2024, 4:50 pm
  • 12 minutes 22 seconds
    3:9 Generational Healing with Dr. Dan Siegel and Susan Stiffelman, MFT

    In this episode, Susan talks with Dr. Dan Siegel on breaking dysfunctional patterns we've inherited from our own parents and grandparents. They discuss how early interactions with caregivers shape individuals and how tendencies and behaviors can be inherited through epigenetics. Dan also explains the concept of neuroplasticity, offering hope that parents can reshape their brains to become more integrated and resilient.

    13 March 2024, 4:59 pm
  • 19 minutes 49 seconds
    3:8 Coaching With Susan: Finding Balance with a New Baby

    In this episode, Susan coaches a new parent struggling to adjust to life with their 11-month-old baby. The parent expresses challenges in maintaining balance in their life after the baby's arrival. Susan emphasizes the importance of honest, open conversation in addressing these struggles and the need for  vulnerable discussions with partners.

    5 March 2024, 8:06 pm
  • 27 minutes 7 seconds
    3:7 Coaching with Susan: Different Boundaries In Different Homes

    In this episode, Susan coaches a parent whose kids have a hard time adjusting to the different rules and boundaries in their parents' two homes. Susan reassures this parent that boundaries help kids feel safe and secure in their attachment and role-plays a scenario to help this parent communicate for effectively with their kids.

    27 February 2024, 6:37 pm
  • 22 minutes 2 seconds
    3:6 Coaching with Susan: Helping a Child Prepare for Extended Travel

    In this episode, Susan helps a parent with an unusual dilemma: their family will be traveling for a year, and their young daughter is resistant to the idea. Susan discusses the importance of making it safe for the child to express fears while remaining clear and relaxed.

    20 February 2024, 1:29 pm
  • 26 minutes 20 seconds
    3:5 Coaching With Susan: Parenting a Young Adult with ADHD

    In this episode, you’ll hear Susan talking with the parent of a forgetful, somewhat disorganized teen with ADHD without micromanaging. This conversation goes deep, looking at how our anxiety can muddy the waters of effective parenting.

    13 February 2024, 6:00 pm
  • 21 minutes 4 seconds
    3:4 Coaching With Susan: Exploring Ancestral Anger

    In this episode, Susan talks with a parent who struggles with what she calls "ancestral anger" toward her preschooler -- a feeling of rage that stems from an unhealed part of her own childhood. Susan coaches this parent on handling the build up of rage when it makes its next appearance with her child.

    7 February 2024, 6:00 pm
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