Be a Happier Parent or Laugh Trying

Be a Happier Parent or Laugh Trying

by Betsy Kerekes


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This isn't that parenting book. You know, the kind that makes you feel utterly inadequate and convinced you’ll probably mess up your little humans.

As author, speaker, and mom Betsy Kerekes is here to tell you it’s not about being a "better" parent, it’s about being a happier parent. Not when your kids are older, not when your kids are easier, but right now. Today even.

And it’s possible, with a little laughter.

Here’s a glimpse of what you’ll discover in Be a Happier Parent or Laugh Trying:

  • You CAN be a happier parent
  • What a good parent is (and how to be one even when you don’t feel like it)
  • How to actually have fun with your kids
  • Defusing tantrums doesn’t require a PhD
  • Discipline is not a dirty word
  • When kids tidy up, something amazing happens (besides seeing your carpet again)
  • Wrangling kids at Mass is totally worth it

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781681922928
Publisher: Our Sunday Visitor, Publishing Division
Publication date: 05/24/2019
Pages: 112
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.24(d)

About the Author

Betsy Kerekes is coauthor of 101 Tips for Marrying the Right Person and 101 Tips for a Happier Marriage. She has contributed articles to Aleteia, MercatorNet, Catholic Lane, Catholic Exchange, Catholic Mom, The Southern Cross, and Creative Minority Report, and has been a frequent guest on Catholic radio nationwide. Kerekes is editor and director of online publications for the Ruth Institute. She home-schools her children and writes about her experiences in motherhood at

Table of Contents

Introduction 9

Chapter 1 Being a Happy Parent 13

Chapter 2 Being a Good Parent 21

Chapter 3 Having Fun with Children … Even Your Own! 29

Chapter 4 Tears and Temper Tantrums - What to Do When Your Kids Are Crying Too 39

Chapter 5 The Dreaded D-Word - Discipline 51

Chapter 6 Cleaning Up 59

Chapter 7 Teenagers 67

Chapter 8 Keeping the Faith 79

Chapter 9 Children at Church 87

Chapter 10 On Intercession and Happiness 93

Acknowledgements 99

Appendix I On Miscarriage 101

Appendix II On Infertility and Impaired Fertility 105

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