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From author and speaker Melanie Dale comes a laugh-out-loud hilarious parenting book that teaches you how to dial back the stress of raising children with the simple premise that we all just need to lighten up a little bit.

Most of us thought we’d be amazing parents - and then we had kids. Now we spend what little free time we have comparing ourselves to other parents, comparing our kids to other kids, and panicking that everyone else is nailing it except us. Between constant social media postings to conflicting advice found in parenting books, we often have no choice but to freak out. But there is another way. We all just need to calm the h*ck down. 

Melanie Dale - a special needs parent, adoptive parent, in vitro parent, and reluctant cheer mom - believes we are all putting too much pressure on ourselves and our kids to be perfect. Instead, she argues, we need to take a step back so we can actually enjoy this journey called parenting. 

Calm the H*ck Down is filled with stories from Melanie’s own life, as well as real-life research for learning how to lighten up about every aspect of parenting - from poopy diapers and germs to family vacations and adolescent angst. She also discusses the pressure to knock it all out of the Pinterest park, the challenge of instilling some kind of faith into your kids, and worrying about their future while still trying to live in the present. 

Infused with quirky humor, profound insight, and accessible advice, Calm the H*ck Down gives you the permission to finally relax and enjoy this ridiculous thing we do called parenting.

©2020 Melanie Dale. All rights reserved. (P)2020 Simon & Schuster, Inc. All rights reserved.

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Hilarious parenting book

I really loved it. I didn't know what I was expecting, but this was entertaining. It made me laugh (especially when listening at twice the speed).

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Read this book if you have kids under 12!!

Hilariously sincere. Thank you for your stories and perspective Melanie! This book is a must read for all parents who have kids between the ages of 3-12. That is a wide gap and Melanie covers most of it!

Thank you for the lists of suggestions. Easy to digest and as a Hamilton fan, each list gave me the opportunity to repeat NUMBER 1...and so forth like Leslie Odom Jr.

Loved this book!