The Sergeant Susie Show

The Sergeant Susie Show

Take control of parenthood once and for all. The Sergeant Susie show offers straight talk, "Dear Abby" style, from Susie herself. And expect insightful questions and witty comebacks from her daughter and host, Kelly. You'll learn how to improve in all areas from parenting methods, child rearing, setting boundaries, strengthening your spousal partnership, mental health, and more. Raising well-behaved children who grow into respected adults is easier than you think.

Episodes

April 25, 2023 30 mins

When the milk is so good (and so readily available), how do you encourage your little ones to start trying and eating solid foods? After sharing their food-eating adventure to date, Kelly asks Sergeant Susie for help! Charlie isn't eating much and Kelly is about ready to dial down the breastfeeding as she introduces Charlie to Whole Milk. Sergeant Susie gives a little advice that may make meal-time more successful.

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As Tim Taylor said to his wife Jill on the family sitcom, Home Improvement, "If we're not in charge, then we're just the tallest people living here." In many households, kids rule the land, so today we're talking about how to make sure you as the parent are the leader and authority in your home... without yelling or any other negative reinforcements. We talk about the trickle down effects of an effective autho...

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April 11, 2023 22 mins

What do you think your kids crave most? It's simpler than you think. If you are struggling to bond with your youngsters, you might find a little relief after listening to this episode. We all need connection, and your babies and children of any age crave it desperately!

We also received our first TWO listener questions that tie into today's topic perfectly!

One question from Josh in the UK is a soon to be new parent that i...

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Sergeant Susie shares her very simple approach to timeout tactics based on a child's age, as well are real-life timeout stories with all ages of children. We talk about when to give a child a timeout vs. when to take away an item causing the poor behavior. And we talk about acting quickly when behavior needs to be corrected, and the positive affect that zero tolerance has on poor behavior. (Kelly has done just a few timeouts wi...

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🚩 TRIGGER WARNING 🚩 *In this podcast episode, we discuss drowning events, kidnapping, and a shooting, which some listeners may find distressing.

We discuss respecting boundaries set by THE PARENTS. Even the strongly opinionated Sergeant Susie asks "do you REALLY want to know what I think" before offering her advice. We talk lightly about differing rules between households. Then we segue into overstepping boundaries when...

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Susie shares how she was always finding activities that are fun for the whole family... tennis, roller-skating, martial arts, and on and on. And specifically how juggling (literally juggling) became a lifelong interest that grew into generational family fun. From big activities to little activities, every moment shared together as a family increases your bond. From athletics and clubs to enjoying family dinners ...

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Charlie turns 1-year-old this week! The most common question hears these days is... "are you going to stop breastfeeding?"

Breastfeeding has actually been a mostly positive experience for Kelly and Charlie, starting from the first days in the hospital to nearly 1 year into Charlie's little life. Kelly shares her plans leading up to the birth of Charlie, breastfeeding through a formula shortage, and her overall experience. And don't...

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Sergeant Susie and Kelly dive into a Binky vs. Thumb-Sucking conversation, with practical and comical past stories to back why SGT Susie prefers one over the other. And what about the bigger picture of the attachment to a future item, like a stuffed animal, blankie, or other comfort item? We discuss attachment planning so that when that comfort item is dirty, lost, and/or needs replacement, you can already have a plan in place from...

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Have you ever considered teaching your baby a second language? You can, and you should! American Sign Language, also referred to as ASL, was already a small part of Sergeant Susie's and Kelly's life. Kelly and Susie share how they've appreciated ASL over the years with the babies in the family, and Kelly shares exactly what ASL she's doing with Charlie.

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Sergeant Susie takes us back in time to a story about an over-scheduled child. When are too many activities, just... too much? You know, soccer practice followed by piano followed by summer camp after summer camp after summer camp? Kelly and Susie discuss the importance of slowing down and allowing your kids to learn how to self-entertain during down-time.

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Sergeant Susie shares how she transformed chores like dusting, collecting leaves, and putting away toys into fun activities for her daycare kids (ages 18 months to 7 years old). So fun, in fact, that the kids requested to do those chores time and time again... because they were all activities that the kids enjoyed. Kelly's little one is at that age where he loves putting things in containers, and back out again - the perfect time t...

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January 31, 2023 15 mins

Kelly shares how sleep training has been going and sticking with the bedtime routine. Learn how consistency in the evening routine has been improving naps, lengths of naps, and bedtime sleep... not just for Charlie, but for the whole household. Kelly also shares the bedtime lullaby that she wrote for Charlie, which Kelly sings every night before bedtime (it's just a teaser, visit our website for the full 10-verse lullaby!). Tune in...

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In this episode, Kelly shares what's new in Charlie's developing skills - MOBILITY, yikes! Kelly's little one is mastering the art of crawling, pulling himself up, and that means there's a lot of standing in the crib (and other places). Mom and Dad are both worried that he is going to fall down and get some necessary bumps and bruises. Sergeant Susie shares what she did way back when her kids were little (namely, a story about host...

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January 17, 2023 22 mins

What are you doing when your child starts making a mess, intentionally, at the dinner table instead of eating their food? Kelly shares with they've been doing when their little one starts to lose patience at dinner time, and Sergeant Susie weighs in.

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In this episode, Kelly asks for Sergeant Susie's advice when it comes to diaper changes and the baby being a wiggle worm. When your baby wants to do anything but lay still for that critical poopy diaper change, what are you to do!? Susie shares a couple stories and some good and simple advice to help you get through diaper changes a little easier, and establishing a routine even for the simple task of a diaper change.

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Kelly broke down on the last 30 minutes of a 90-minute drive and pulled out a tablet to keep the little one happy. Sergeant Susie gave THAT LOOK that says, "Do you really want to know what I think?". Susie explains why she says "NO!" to digital devices. TVs, smartphones, tablets - you name it. They might make sticky situations easier, but we aren't teaching our kids the valuable lessons of patience and self-entertainment. Tune in f...

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This episodes conversation is sparked by What The Doctor Said. (Side Note: our pediatrician is AWESOME!) Kelly didn't agree, and figured Sergeant Susie wouldn't either... and she was right!

But first, Kelly shares how Sleep Training has been going since the discussion in the previous episode, .

This episode dives into baby proofing, recommended by the doctor, much to our agreement...

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Sergeant Susie dishes on host, Kelly, who is a first time new mom. Kelly's been struggling with lack of sleep because of the little one (Charlie) waking up over and over, and progressively getting worse. Kelly and Susie talk about where she's been going wrong, where mom guilt comes into play, and they talk about what Kelly needs to do to get sleep back on track for the whole household. We'll give you a hint... the solution is calle...

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Please join us for our introductory episode of "The Sergeant Susie Show". My Mom Susie and I (Kelly, your host) share a little about ourselves so you can get to know us. We also dish on how this idea came to be, why we decided to start a show, and how we think our show's many future topics will hone your parenting skills and help you raise well-behaved children who grow into respected adults. We also discuss the basis of how t...

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