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We're talking about the many ways real parents can use Hand in Hand Parenting tools and what that looks like day to day, at your house and at our houses too.

Aug 28, 2018

Mom and happy daughter

Have you ever woken up in the morning and vowed to yourself that you are going to make it A GREAT DAY? And then, 10 minutes later, your kids are bickering over who got the best bowl, homework is missing, and you can't find your purse?

And it's like, seriously?!! What happened?

And it continues like that, on a downward spiral, all through the day.

Worrying about getting to school on time, sniping at your children who are sniping at each other, bribing a kid to take a class, threatening a kid to EAT SOMETHING, yelling at a kid to get IN THE SHOWER.

Forget happier, peaceful, supportive parenting! At this point, you don't much like your kids. You don't like the way you handled things so you don't even like yourself. There doesn't feel much to be happy about!

And then you get into bed and wonder - how am I going to face all that again tomorrow?

The Key to Happier Parenting Is This...

But what if you could change that? What if you could go to bed content in being the parent you are, confident in the decisions you made.

Happier, because you own your parenting?

That's what we're talking about on the podcast today. Owning your parenting means making decisions based on your own family's needs, and feeling empowered not powerless when moments get sticky.

Owning your parenting means, ultimately, being a happier parent and in this episode, Elle and Abigail talk about how to get to that point.

We find out:

  • How false expectations can wreck our parenting experience
  • How to love the kids you have not the kid you wanted
  • How to feel happier about yourself as a parent even when things don't go as planned
  • Getting past the "I shoulds," "I coulds," and "I bet other people are..." comparison parenting

Parenting is tough, but when we can own parenting, we can remain strong, sure and secure when our kids put us through our paces.

And when we own our parenting, we can love them fiercely, no matter what.

What could be happier than that?

More resources on Happier Parenting

Hand in Hand Parenting isn't a one size fits all approach. Instead, the five tools can be used and adapted for all of your parenting challenges as you need them. Read more about them here in Learn Five Tools That Will Transform The Way You Parent In One Week

The book Listen: Five Tools to Meet Your Everyday Parenting Challenges is available now in paperbackebook or audio and lists hundreds of ways real-life parents use the tools.

Listen to a section of the audiobook here

Read What if Parenting Is an Emotional Practice?

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