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Tea with Zhena: Parenting & Loving without Power Struggles

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Today, Zhena has Tea with the "Advice Mama." they discuss proven, simple methods for parents and couples to stay deeply connected through disagreements and the travails of work, life and love.

Susan Stiffelman, MFT,  (also known as AOL/ HuffPost Parent's parenting expert, "Advice Mama"), is dedicated to helping parents raise kids who are joyful, resilient and authentically themselves--without power struggles, negotiations, meltdowns and the various other thieves of joy that can interfere with a parent's ability to enjoy the journey of parenthood.

She's gifted at working with children, teens, and families, as well as helping facilitate profound and rapid change in her counseling with adults and couples, focusing on reducing the blame and shame that often contributes to depression, poor communication, anxiety, and other emotional/ psycho-social problems.

Susan has had extensive training working with the ADD/ ADHD population, emphasizing strategies versus labels, and reframing the negative aspects as potentially valuable assets if understood.

She also uses The Work, a cognitive approach developed by Byron Katie for dealing with mental chatter and obsessive, paralyzing thoughts.

Susan’s parenting approach focuses on helping parents manage their reactions—regardless of how their kids are behaving-- so they can position themselves to be the calm parent our children cooperate with, confide in, are comforted by, and genuinely respect.