With Licensed Marriage & Family therapist, author, educator, Susan Stiffelman

This class will help parents create a home environment that feels safe and secure regardless of external events and circumstances. By navigating life challenges as “the calm, confident Captain of the ship” children can develop a sense of tolerance and self-assuredness that will serve them throughout their lives.

You’ll learn how to use frustrating moments as opportunities to foster greater resilience, and how to create an attachment with your children that will sustain them—and you—through life’s inevitable bumps and tumbles.

In this class you will:

  • Recognize when you’re parenting as an argumentative Lawyer or an intimidating Dictator so you can shift into Captain mode to combat parenting difficulties
  • Discover how to use life’s frustrating moments to help children become more flexible and resilient
  • Learn the six stages of attachment that allow you to create the kind of rock-solid connection that fosters genuine cooperation and receptivity
  • Reduce the likelihood that you’ll ‘lose your cool’ when faced with a child’s misbehavior
  • Understand how to address misbehavior at its root, rather than using threats, bribes, or punishment

Susan Stiffelman is a licensed Marriage, Family and Child Therapist and the author of Parenting Without Power Struggles and Parenting With Presence. Susan offers online programs on topics including Raising Tweens and Teens, Parenting in the Digital Age, Homework, Raising Siblings, and Co-Parenting with a Narcissist. For years, Susan was Huff Post’s weekly advice columnist and is currently host of the popular Parenting Without Power Struggles podcast. Her work has been featured in “The Today Show,” The New York Times, and The Wall Street Journal.



Before you go

  • This class will be hosted on Zoom and include breakout rooms where you will be interacting with other participants.
  • Your individual link will be emailed to you after you register.
  • Missed a bit? Don’t worry – an unedited recording of the class will be made available for 48 hours so you can rewatch in your own time.
  • Due to limited seating in each class, all ticket purchases are final.

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