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June 8th, 2022

When your child doesn’t want to play alone with Danielle C

  1. When your child doesn’t want to play alone with Danielle C Sue Groner 12:15

Danielle C is a mother to a 4 year old daughter who doesn’t play well by herself. Her daughter is an only child who requires a lot of attention and entertainment, making Danielle worried that her daughter will always need someone to do things with. Danielle is struggling to get her own work and household chores accomplished. Her daughter often interrupts, asking her to play even when Danielle tells her “Mommy needs five more minutes”. 

On today’s episode we talk about what to do when you are becoming your child’s entertainment committee. We dive into how you can slowly guide your child to enjoy doing things alone through tools like the “fun bowl”. We also talk about how to use a timer and set certain rules when it comes to Mommy’s work time. We explain how to include your child in helping with chores. We discuss why it’s okay for kids to be bored. 

This week on The Parenting Mentor:

  • Tips for setting rules and boundaries with your child around Mommy’s work time.
  • Specific tools for introducing your child to fun activities that they can do independently.
  • How to talk about “alone time” with your child and help them understand the benefits.  
  • Tips for getting chores done with your child!

 “It’s not necessarily: let your child be bored. It’s- it’s okay for them to be bored. So if they say they’re bored- it’s like “Oh. Okay” They are telling you some information. They’re not saying you need to be my entertainment committee.” – Sue Groner

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Susan G. Groner Founder of The Parenting Mentor, Author, Podcaster

As an experienced mother of 2 young adults, Sue Groner knows how stressful and overwhelming parenting can be at times. She founded The Parenting Mentor to provide an ally for parents in their quest to raise confident and resilient children. Sue is the author of Parenting with Sanity and Joy. 101 Simple Strategies, is the host of The Parenting Mentor Sessions Podcast, and is a certified Positive Discipline parent educator.

Sue is also the creator of the CLEARR method of parenting, developed through years of trial (and her fair share of errors!) with her own family. CLEARR adheres to the belief that parenting strategies should be grounded in six important pillars: Communication, Love, Empathy, Awareness, Rules, and Respect. This has become the cornerstone of her practice as The Parenting Mentor.

A graduate of the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania and a former advertising executive, Sue is a frequent guest expert on ABC, CBS, NBC, and Fox to name a few, and provides advice for many national publications and websites such as The Wall Street Journal, Parents, Real Simple,, HuffPost, and Katie Couric Media. Sue resides in New York City and Bedford, NY with her husband, and when she’s lucky, with her children. She is available for private and group mentorship sessions(in-person or virtual) nationwide for individuals and corporations.

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