Raising the perfect child . . . it’s our dream as parents.
But the reality is: the perfect child doesn’t exist. Yet parents everywhere are putting the full-court press on their kids to be perfect, fixating on raising them to be smarter, faster, more successful, and more popular than their peers. And that’s making today’s parents and their children crazy.
In Untying Parent Axniety, nationally syndicated humor columnist and author Lisa Sugarman reminds us that our kids aren’t supposed to be perfect. (And neither are we.) They’re going to screw up, make mistakes, and lose their way. And as soon as we embrace the idea that parenthood is not a straight line, we unlock everyone’s full potential.
Drawing on her life as the perfectly imperfect mother of two daughters and more than a decade of working in the school system, Sugarman deconstructs some of the biggest myths facing parents and offers advice and strategies to help soothe anxious moms and dads.
Cycling through everything from friend drama and separation anxiety to playing nice and emotional development, Untying Parent Anxiety is a funny but honest journey through the most common stages of raising kids that reinforces that parenthood is a beautiful, imperfect work in progress.
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About the Author
Lisa Sugarman writes the nationally syndicated humor column "It Is What It Is" and is the author of LIFE: It Is What It Is, Untying Parent Anxiety: 18 Myths That Have You in Knots—And How to Get Free, and How To Raise Perfectly Imperfect Kids—And Be Ok With It, available on Amazon, at Barnes & Noble, and at select bookstores everywhere. Lisa is a MentorMama at SocialMama, the free networking app for moms, and is a regular contributor on GrownAndFlown, This Mama Wines, MommingHubb, More Content Now, Wickedlocal.com, and Care.com. Her work has also appeared in TIME Magazine’s TIME for Parents, on LittleThings, Mamalode, 50 Shades of Aging, and on PBS Kids. She’s also the founder and moderator of The Vomit Booth, the popular Facebook parenting group where parents go to bond over the madness of parenthood. Lisa lives with her husband and two daughters just north of Boston in a tiny coastal town of twenty thousand people crammed onto a teensy peninsula. Visit her online at www.lisasugarman.com.
Table of Contents
How to Use This Book 5
Myth #1 Good grades are what matter most 7
Myth #2 My kid will never make it out in the real world without me 15
Myth #3 Drop-off disasters are inevitable 23
Myth #4 My kid is making new friends now, so I'm gonna get replaced 31
Myth #5 My kid is a jerk and will never have any friends 37
Myth #6 If I punish my kid, she'll hate me 47
Myth #7 My kid will never grow out of this Jekyll-and-Hyde phase 57
Myth #8 Drama is a middle school and high school problem 67
Myth #9 We're all speaking the same language 77
Myth #10 Our kids need to join as many extracurricular groups and clubs as possible to stay competitive 87
Myth #11 Kids should be seen and not heard 97
Myth #12 Technology is wrecking our kids 105
Myth #13 My kids are too immature or too little for chores 115
Myth #14 Possession is nine-tenths of the law 127
Myth #15 My child is behind the eight ball, and she'll never catch up 137
Myth #16 IQ is more important than EQ 149
Myth #17 Saying "No" to my kids makes me a horrible parent 159
Myth #18 Our kids are born prewired with their temperament and attitude 171
Just a Sec … We're Not Quite Done Yet 181