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I was extremely skeptical when I first read the title of this book; I assumed it was going to shame me for not being happier in every moment of parenting. I was pleasantly surprised by HOW TO BE A HAPPIER PARENT. It is excellent. KJ is honest about her family's struggles and successes, and transparent about the process that got them there. Her advice is based on research and reality, and her suggestions felt very feasible for busy working parents. Finally, KJ is an excellent writer (no surprise here; she's the former editor and lead writer of the NYTimes Motherlode blog), and this book is super fun and easy to read. I will be recommending this book to all of the parents I work with!
With my son starting back up with soccer this week, I dove straight for the sports section as soon as the book arrived, and I'm so glad I did. I learned that I was doing certain things I thought were "helpful" but were probably actually making him silently miserable. KJ breaks down the top parenting frustration points in such a helpful, down-to-earth and non-judgmental way. And it's written in easily digestible chunks so you can pick it up for a few minutes here or there and learn a little something new. Highly recommend!
KJ tells it the way it is and not only successfully does that with How to be a Happier Parent, but pulls in other parents who are in various stages of their parenting journey to deliver actionable and reaffirming advice, suggestions and love - delivered in a super enjoyable format. LOVE the concept of raising future adults. Thank you KJ!
The tone of this book is so much more likable than many parenting books. KJ managed to offer practical advise without making me feel anxious. There were a number of times that I laughed out loud as she described a situation in her own family that is similar to something we have encountered, normalizing the chaos and craziness that comes with family life, especially raising children that are both biological and adopted. It made me feel less alone in the parenting journey. I'm going to give the book to my husband to read. One of my favorite nuggets of wisdom was the idea that you (the parent) can be happy even when your chid is having a hard time. Such a welcome and liberating thought. Well done, KJ!
Want to be a happier parent? Read this book and use some of the practical advice that K.J. dishes out in this enjoyable and informative read. She mixes research, tips, and often funny family anecdotes. This mama of 4 has been there in the trenches. She strives for happiness, not Pinterest perfection. I found her advice on chores, holidays, and homework the most helpful for me. This book would be a fabulous gift for any parent or parent to be. I highly recommend it.
Research-based and beautifully written, this book is full of practical pointers and wisdom that all parents can benefit from. I just received the book this week and have already recommended it to two clients. A must-have for anyone who wants to find more happiness and pleasure in the midst of the parenting adventure.
It’s written well but I think this is more for parents of older kids. As a mom of a 1 and 5 year old, I didn’t find the advice applicable at this stage. I did like the chapter on eating though and picky eaters. I was surprised to read that I’m already doing what the author suggests and it’s because I want my kids happy and the battles are not worth it. It’s just a stage. It was nice to see that chapter.
I've been eagerly awaiting Kj's book and I'm happy to say that the practical and helpful tone I've grown to appreciate in her columns is found in the book too. You won't be disappointed in the advice found in How to be a Happier Parent!
I couldn't wait to buy this book after following its development through KJ's podcast #amwriting over the years. It did not disappoint. I started reading it with a highlighter, and quickly realized I was highlighting nearly every line. KJ is an insightful, entertaining writer. And her actionable advice--inspired by her own research and interviews--will make you want to implement her fresh ideas immediately in your own home. In a world of boring self-help books, this is a fantastic gem!
I LOVE this book and keep it by my bed table. KJs clear, concise writing make her her insights about parenting in the real 21st century world of iPhones and Snapchat viable. She gives plan courses of action in parenting challenges, and perhaps, most importantly she suggests when to stand down, and let some things go. And that I needed to here! The chapters flow easy, but you'll want to hang out. KJ is the Mom friend you always track down after drop-off to bounce off parenting strategies. Just way funnier and deep, and available after midnight.