Kind? Available? Patient? Forgiving? Smiling? Not sure? Click for more...
Reality checks are harsh, but sometimes help us see the whole picture.
Ask a friend, your spouse or better yet… ask your teen. You may be surprised by their answer. I believe you have the best intentions to be an effective parent. Sometimes life, jobs, pressures have us acting less than. See Tips and Insights…
They may forget what you said, but they will never forget how you made them feel.
...a quote I love from Carl W. Buehner. Click for tips on happy parenting...
Some tips for happier parenting
Stop and breathe before you react. You can‘t take back words said in anger.
Listen more than you talk.
Your teen is learning about life. Give them a soft place to land when they mess up.
Almost 20 years working with students in regular high school and later alternate school settings taught me so much of the desperate need of teens to establish independence and identity. Click for more...
I had 2 teens of my own, a boy and a girl which gave me my hands on training.
Like snowflakes, no two adolescents are alike, and as parents, we dive in and do the best we can. Having a sense of fun saved me from what could have been some tense situations. See my full story…
I started to see Susi because of stress at school
My greatest insight was definitely learning to just calm down and let things happen the way they do because things we think are a big deal in the moment often turn out not be as big.
I learned that I did not have to control everything, just myself and I had a choice on how to react to things
I really liked the journaling where at the end of the day I wrote down my accomplishments (even the small ones) to look back on. I liked learning about EFT tapping to help my stress and the art journaling (which was really fun, relaxing and therapeutic) !!!!!
Our daughter was lost in a school system that could not meet her needs
She was angry, discouraged and sad. She worried about her future and so did we.
It was a horrible feeling of helplessness and despair to see her struggle.
She started working with Susi and soon began to know her strengths, could work through her challenges and focus on her goals. Susi helped us find a suitable school.
Today our daughter is a role model for other students and a valedictorian
She never gives up. We are proud of our daughter who has grown into a confident and determined young woman, her future is bright.
We have been blessed by Susi’s work and are very grateful to know her, a true advocate for youth.
I am so grateful for Susi
After our son passed away, I was devastated that my relationship with our only other child became difficult. But it was!
At the time, Susi and I networked together and I was drawn in by her ever-present smile, youthful exuberance, and passion for having fun. Susi coached us and helped us to understand why we were struggling with our relationship and suggested techniques to bridge the gap.
We are 5 years down the road and happily, the relationship with our amazing 18 year old really couldn’t be better!