Slow Parenting Talks

I’m very excited about my appearance on
Fox & Friends Weekend
. See it here.

Susan Sachs Lipman offers lively, personal and research-based presentations, discussions, demonstrations and workshops to help busy parents, youth leaders, corporate executives and others slow down and reconnect with their passions and the children in their lives. Susan calls on her years as a parent, author, social media expert, scout leader, and outdoor play advocate to speak to elementary schools, preschools, parent ed. groups, college classes, advocacy groups, scout groups, corporations, small businesspeople, nonprofits, Chambers of Commerce, libraries, and writers’ groups.

Slow Parenting talks include:

Slow Parenting in a Fast-Moving World

Families today are busier, more plugged-in and more achievement-oriented than ever. At the same time, a growing body of research shows that slow parenting reduces stress, fosters family connections, encourages wonder and learning, and helps create happy, successful and confident children. Learn about the latest research on slow parenting and easy and creative ways to implement slow parenting into even the busiest family’s life.

Get Outside for Learning, Fitness and Fun

Bring more Vitamin N – nature! – into your home or school. Learn about the multiple benefits of outdoor, free and loose-parts play and how to promote them through natural playscapes and activities that enhance wonder and learning, while benefiting every area of child development — physical, psychological, intellectual, social and emotional.

On-the-Go Fun for Troops and Groups

Learn and participate in activities, games, songs and crafts that build teams and skills, while offering memories, adventure and fun. Susan calls on her experiences as a scout leader to present activities that require little or no equipment, and techniques to bring out the best in group dynamics.

Reconnecting Children with Nature in a Virtual Age

Modern children are increasingly disconnected from nature, even as a growing body of evidence shows that time in nature positively impacts every area of child development — physical, psychological, intellectual, social and emotional. Nature helps offset stress, obesity, attention disorders and depression and helps children cooperate, self-regulate, and learn through creativity, wonder and play. Learn about the latest research on children and nature, the worldwide movement to reconnect children with nature, and easy and creative ways to experience nature, right in your own “nearby nature” or backyard.

Balancing Work and Family

Despite increasing demands on parents’ time, we still wish to form lifelong bonds with our children. Learn about the latest research on work/life balance and easy and creative techniques to make peace with time and bring more joy and purpose to even the busiest family’s life.

9 Ways to Stay Connected with Your Teen

Teens who are close to one or both parents engage in far less risky behaviors and perform better academically than their peers. It’s not too late to forge lasting connections, even (and especially) if your teen doesn’t seem to want them. Learn practical and playful techniques to help you connect with your wonderful teen.

Slow Down for Summer (Fall/Winter/Spring)

The changing seasons present special opportunities to create lifelong family  memories while slowing down and honoring the turning of the year. Gather ideas for nature play and observation, and activities, games and crafts that will help you celebrate the bounty and beauty of the coming or current season. Learn the history and lore of seasonal holidays and celebrate a rhythm that has more in common with ancient people and the natural world than with our modern hurry-sickness and to-do lists.

Talks for Writers and other professionals include:

From Blog to Book: How to Build a Platform and Make the Leap from Blogger to Published Author

How do you create and write a blog and a book proposal that will capture the attention of book agents and publishers? Author and social media expert Susan Sachs Lipman takes you through the steps of blog creation and development; platform building; proposal research writing and querying; and book publishing and promotion. You will leave with a plan and tools for building your blog platform and taking it to the next level.

The Book’s Done, but You’re Not: Marketing and Promotion for Authors

Congratulations! You’ve written and published a book. Now what? Author and social media expert Susan Sachs Lipman will take you through the steps of marketing and promotion. The talk will cover setting goals, establishing a platform, writing and pitching releases, promoting through blogs and social media, doing interviews, approaching booksellers, and creating events. You will leave with a plan and tools to create buzz for your book.

Book Proposals that Sell: Concrete Steps to Enticing Publishers and Agents

How do you create a book proposal that will capture the attention of book agents and publishers? Learn all the concrete steps necessary to write a winning proposal, including: gathering material and research, what every agent and publisher wants to see in a proposal, sending your proposal out, and using the proposal to create your finished product.

How to Use Social Media to Extend Your Reach, Build Your Authority and Enhance Your Brand

1.5 billion people use social media, one in every five on the planet. If you wish to  promote your work, you must join the ongoing conversations in social media. Author and social media expert Susan Sachs Lipman will show you how to maximize social media platforms, such as Facebook, Twitter, Google+, Pinterest, LinkedIn, Quora and many more. You will learn how to: establish yourself as an expert, reach influencers, curate content, cross-promote others, stand out from the crowd, and ultimately create buzz for your brand.

Community Building Through Social Media

Social media is an increasingly important tool for non-profits and others who wish to build grassroots support for their efforts. Susan calls on her experience as Social Media Director for The Children & Nature Network to help you create meaningful campaigns by maximizing social media platforms for coalition and community building, partner cultivation, promoting your work, and taking your movement to the next level.

Praise for Slow Parenting Events:

“I loved the way Susan structured the event, including bits of reading, discussion and factual background info. It was one of the best author presentations I’ve seen in a long while.”

—Jan Lindstrom Valerio, National Business Development Manager, Barnes & Noble, Inc.

“Susan is an excellent speaker who clearly enjoys sharing the advice and tips she received from others as well as the research she conducted.”

—Barbara Truax, President, California Writers Club, Marin Branch

“Rave reviews from the audience evaluations!”

—Joan Steidinger, Treasurer, California Writers Club, Marin Branch

“Thanks soooo much for initiating such meaningful conversation amongst our group, in such an informative and non-threatening way, and for having your book available for people to have as a resource.”

—Jessica Hahn-Taylor, Silverspot Cooperative Nursery School

“Susan was great! She didn’t make anyone feel uncomfortable and she opened up a great discussion. She somehow allowed people to express their fears and realize that THEY ARE NOT ALONE!”

—Asta V., Silverspot Cooperative Nursery School

“Thank you for your talk and genuine caring of the community and frenzied feelings and concerns.”

—Mary Roscoe, Director, Bay Area Children in Nature Collaborative

“The presentation was stimulating. This topic obviously provokes a lot of conversation and I’m sure the group could have kept on talking for a long time.”

—Jill Daniel, Central Elementary School, Belmont, CA

“You have great energy! Thank you for sharing with us. You were wonderful.”

—Lynn Frazier, Girl Scout Leader, Richardson Bay, CA

“Spectacular meeting filled with invaluable advice. Thanks for sharing in a way that was easy to understand.”

—Stacey Gustafson, California Writers Club, Tri-Valley Branch

“One of the best workshops I’ve attended.  Your frank and open delivery added immensely.”

—George Cramer, California Writers Club, Tri-Valley Branch

I think everyone came away with a better understanding of social media as an important marketing tool for writers”

—Paula ChinickPresident, California Writers Club, Tri-Valley Branch

“Suz Lipman is an engaging and informative speaker. She’s dynamic, and can help writers new to promotion and social media, and writers who are among the super-adept.”

Christopher Wachlin, President, California Writers Club, San Francisco & Peninsula Branch

“Thanks so much for sharing your vast experience with us at Central Coast Writers’. I loved the way you presented it as creation of an online community of friends and allies — that makes it all fall into place for me! I’ve had lots of great feedback about how your presentation was chock full of useful information..”

Dorothy Vriend, Program Director, Central Coast Writers’ Club

“This was one of the most informative CCW speakers to date who addressed point by point the road to success for any aspiring authors, especially non-fiction.”

Pat Hanson, Member, Central Coast Writers’ Club and Author, “Invisible Parenting”

“This was the perfect talk for our group.”

Vicki Welisch, President, National Charity League, Marin Branch

“Susan was an absolute delight to work with, and we were thrilled to have her.”

Laura Harris, Hidden Hills Ranch, Prunedale, CA

Past Appearances:

Walt Disney Imagineering Ideation ’15 Summit
Glendale, CA
June 11, 2015

Mechanics Institute Library

San Francisco, CA
September 26, 2014

LitQuake 2014
Blogging from a Jewish Perspective: The Nuts and Bolts
Oshman Family JCC
Palo Alto, CA
August 17, 2014

Meet and Greet
Depot Bookstore
Mill Valley, CA
April 25, , 2014

Reconnecting Children with Nature in a Virtual Age
Hillsborough Garden Club
Hillsborough, CA
March 19, 2014

From Blog to Book
Central Coast Writers
Pacific Grove, CA
November 19, 2013

Get Ready for Summer: The Importance of Reconnecting Children with Nature
Bay Area Discovery Museum
Sausalito, CA
June 5, 2013

Connecting with your Grandchild in a Virtual Age
Homestead Village
Mill Valley Scout Hall
Mill Valley, CA
May 31, 2013

Book Proposals that Sell
Fremont Area Writers
De Vry University
Fremont, CA
May 25, 2013

Slow Down for Summer
Part of Focus on Food Series
Morgan Hill Library
Morgan Hill, CA
May 18, 2013, 3 p.m.

The Book’s Done, But You’re Not
California Writers Club, SF/Peninsula Branch
Belmont, CA
April 20, 2013

Fed Up with Frenzy: Slow Parenting in a Fast-Moving World
Tamalpais and Strawberry Preschools
Mill Valley, CA
March 21, 2013

Fed Up with Frenzy: Slow Parenting in a Fast-Moving World
Silverspot Cooperative Nursery School
Brisbane, CA
March 20, 2013

The Book’s Done, But You’re Not
California Writers Club, Tri-Valley Branch
Four Points by Sheraton
Pleasanton, CA
March 16, 2013

9 Ways to Stay Connected with Your Teen
National Charity League, Marin Branch
Corte Madera, CA
March 10, 2013

Fed Up with Frenzy – Slow Parenting
Park Elementary School
Mill Valley, CA
January 24, 2013

On-the-Go Fun for Troops and Groups
Richardson Bay Girl Scouts
Mill Valley, CA, Scout Hall
January 15, 2013

Slow Parenting – reading, discussion and celebration
Book Depot, Mill Valley, CA
November 29, 2012

Mom Enough Radio
November 26, 2012

Fox & Friends Weekend
November 25, 2012

From Blog to Book
Calif. Writers’ Club, Book Passage, Corte Madera, CA
November 18, 2012

Slow Parenting – presentation and discussion
Ventana School, Los Altos, CA
November 8, 2012

Crafting at Z Space Theater’s “Stories from Sonoma Mountain”
Z Space Theater, San Francisco, CA
October 27, 2012

Slow Parenting – presentation and discussion
Central Elementary School, Belmont, CA
October 25, 2012

Fed Up with Frenzy – reading and discussion
Barnes & Noble, Santa Monica, CA
October 9, 2012

Children and Nature: Get Outside for Learning, Fitness and Fun – powerpoint presentation
First 5, Monterey County, Hidden Hills Ranch, Prunedale, CA
May 2, 2012

Slow Down for Summer – webinar
Hosted by KaBOOM!
June 30, 2011

Build Your Business with Social Media – powerpoint presentation
Mill Valley Chamber of Commerce, Mill Valley, CA
January 14, 2011

Connecting Children and Nature – Del Monte lecture
Santa Rosa Junior College, Santa Rosa, CA
April 12, 2010



Slow Down.


It’s Easier than You Think.





The hectic pace of everyday life can keep families constantly on the go,
but removing some of the frenzy is easy—if you just take a moment
to slow down. Hit the pause button on all of life’s daily distractions and
reconnect with your family in familiar and exciting ways. Experience the enormous benefits of having a slower paced, more connected family.

Read Praise for Fed Up with Frenzy


Buy the Book:


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Book Passage





About Suz:

Susan Sachs Lipman (Suz) is the author of Fed Up with Frenzy: Slow Parenting in a Fast-Moving World, which was named a 2012 Top 10 Parenting Trend by TIME magazine. Her work has appeared in the New York Times Motherlode blog, the Christian Science Monitor‘s Modern Parenthood blog, the National Wildlife Federation‘s Be Out There blog, and numerous other outlets. Suz is the Social Media Director for the Children & Nature Network, which encourages and supports people and organizations working around the world to reconnect children with nature.

A longtime Girl Scout leader, Suz also enjoys gardening, hiking, community volunteering, reading, soap crafting and food canning. She lives with her husband and daughter in Mill Valley, CA.

Photos: Jeanette Vonier


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