Susan Stiffelman | Internationally respected parent educator, therapist, author and parenting expert. Huffington Post's Weekly Parenting Columnist.

Susan Stiffelman

Internationally respected parent educator, therapist, author and parenting expert. Huffington Post's Weekly Parenting Columnist.

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Susan Stiffelman

Susan Stiffelman, Huffington Post Parent's weekly advice columnist ("Parent Coach"), is an engaging speaker whose presentations leave audiences upbeat, entertained and fortified with practical strategies that will make an immediate and significant difference in their day to day lives.

Susan is a licensed Marriage, Family and Child therapist, a credentialed teacher, and a highly regarded parenting coach. Instead of offering standard, scripted advice to parents about how to control their children, Susan focuses on helping them be what she calls the Captain of the ship their children need and naturally want to cooperate with, confide in, and respect.

Susan has worked with every demographic, from top notch celebrities to villagers in Africa, communicating with humor and warmth a highly effective approach to making parenting less stressful, and more enjoyable.

Susan is an adventurer: She took her 15 year old son on a two and a half month trip to Uganda, Tanzania, Australia and New Zealand. The trip included volunteering at the community outreach compound of former Black Panther Pete O'Neil, visiting Masai tribes, and spending time at village schools in both Africa and Maori establishments in New Zealand. (He has since received a scholarship to American University where he studies Peace and Conflict Resolution in their International Studies program.)

She's an innovative teacher: She was employed as a private teacher for a family whose international travels allowed her to teach--and learn--what it means to be a global citizen through day to day experiences which shaped her understanding of what a child can learn when given freedom and inspiration.

Susan's an outside-the-box thinker: She taught herself Hindi as a teenager and when she ran out of people with whom she could practice her conversational skills, called people named "Singh" out of the phone book.

Susan's wealth of knowledge and understanding of children and parents, combined with a tremendous capacity for setting others at ease, make her a perfect speaker for any group whose members deal with children. Regardless of the setting--corporate, education, conference--attendees are grateful to have been offered the chance to take home genuinely useful strategies for making life easier. Those who attend Susan's presentations routinely email her office with thanks, and a request to come back again!

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Featured Keynote Programs

Parenting Without Power Struggles

Despite the common belief that parents have to become quasi-attorneys to get their kids to do what they ask, the truth is, there are simple tools they can use to steer clear of negotiations and courtroom battles. By coming alongside, rather than at their children and teens, parents learn how to reduce defensiveness, and instead awaken a child’s willingness to compromise and/or acquiesce

Parenting Without Power Struggles in the Digital Age

Few parents have escaped the challenges of raising children and teens in an age where the potential to be "plugged in" is present 24/7. How do we maintain a real-life connection with our youngsters when they are constantly pulled into their digital lives? How do we manage the "I'm doing my homework" when we attempt to unplug them for the night? How do we create a balance between wanting our kids to enjoy web surfing, texting and Facebook updates, while still living in the real world? Susan addresses these dilemmas and more as she realistically lays out possibilities for living sanely in the midst of screens.

How to Find Your Cool When You've Temporarily Lost It

Is it possible to parent without the escalating threats, hysteria or drama that let you (and your kids) see that you've completely lost control? Yes! In this presentation, Susan discusses how to manage your reactions―beyond counting to ten or taking a deep breath―so that you can keep your cool, even when the kids push every button or try to get a rise out of you by turning on what Susan affectionately calls "MOM TV".

How to be the "Captain of the Ship" in Your Child's Life.

In this presentation, Susan lays the foundation for understanding how to be authentically in charge as you navigate the various challenges of raising children and teens while avoiding exhausting battles, endless negotiations and what she calls "The Two Lawyers"―that all too familiar scenario where parent and child are duking it out for control and the coveted final word.

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Featured Articles & Resources

School Bullying: How to Assuage Your Child's Fear

As the new school year begins, more than a few children are struggling with first day jitters. Some may go so far as to dig in their heels, refusing to even get on the bus...
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Using Lance Armstrong's Story to Teach Your Kids the Vocabulary of Remorse

Article from, by Susan Stiffelman My children were big fans of Lance Armstrong, and have been angry and confused by the news of his cheating. Any advice for...
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Talking to Children About the School Shooting

Article taken from Huffington Post What can you say when there are no words? We are all reeling today in the aftermath of the school shootings in Connecticut. I, for one, feel...
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