How to be a Happier Parent

Raising a Family, Having a Life, and Loving (Almost) Every Minute
Narrated by: KJ Dell'Antonia
Length: 8 hrs and 36 mins
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An encouraging guide to helping parents find more happiness in their day-to-day family life, from the former lead editor of the New York Times' Motherlode blog.

In all the writing and reporting KJ Dell'Antonia has done on families over the years, one topic keeps coming up again and again: parents crave a greater sense of happiness in their daily lives. In this optimistic, solution-packed book, KJ asks: How can we change our family life so that it is full of the joy we'd always hoped for? 

Drawing from the latest research and interviews with families, KJ discovers that it's possible to do more by doing less, and make our family life a refuge and pleasure, rather than another stress point in a hectic day. She focuses on nine common problem spots that cause parents the most grief, explores why they are hard, and offers small, doable, sometimes surprising steps you can take to make them better. 

Whether it's getting everyone out the door on time in the morning or making sure chores and homework get done without another battle, How to Be a Happier Parent shows that having a family isn't just about raising great kids and churning them out at destination: success. It's about experiencing joy - real joy, the kind you look back on, look forward to, and live for - along the way.

©2018 KJ Dell'Antonia (P)2018 Penguin Audio

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Will listen once a year until daughter is 18 :)

Thoroughly enjoyed content of this book. I'll have it on repeat once a year !

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great read

love all the tips and tricks to help me be a better mom. I will definitely listen to this again as a reminder.

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I'm not even a parent and I loved it!

I've known of this book because for months I've listened to KJ's podcast #amwriting. Even though my 'kids' have fur, many of my clients are moms or grandmoms and thought it would be relevant.

It's a must read/listen for anyone curious how to raise a family well (and happier). As a certified health coach and registered dietitian nutritionist, I was especially interested in the section on eating well, as a family, good nutrition, etc. I had to wait till near the end for "Food, Fun, and Family Time" but whew, KJ...you nailed it!

Well done!

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not useful for homeschooling families

This book feels like it's geared toward families with two parents who work full time, and kids who go to public school. I don't face 90% of the struggles she mentions because we homeschool and I work part time from home (while my husband works full time outside the home). Chores have always been part of our daily life together. There is no activity or homework over load. Our morning routine is whatever we decide it to be. I was hoping for something different from this book. Instead it left me feeling like a lot of time wasted to hear what most Facebook articles post about parenting tips (morning routines, bedtime routines, have your kids do chores, limit activities and screen time, etc.)

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good job!

I took a lot of suggestions. I learned also I am not such a bad mother . thanks.

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Good advice, but pretty common sense

I really wanted to love this book. I liked the anecdotal stories, and it did give some parenting tips that I know I will begin to use now and as my kids get older. But a lot of it was pretty common sense at least to me. I've never met any parent or adult who hasn't heard or tried any of the tips mentioned. But the overall message is a good one, to find joy in the every day things. Take the minor set back things less serious.

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  • 03-28-19

such a helpful book

this book was amazing to listen to so many things clicked. my favorite was you don't have to go in there.

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Best parenting book I’ve read so far

Great ideas , will look back to this book as my son grows up. Happiness can vary based on mood but if you work at it you can control it, somewhat stressful concept but whatever works that just doesn’t make me happy though

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helpful tips

I found this helpful. I've started to work on less micromanaging the kids and choosing my battles. I've become more relaxed and just let the kids be kids. I still yell and lose my cool but I feel it has lessoned some.

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love the variety and practical applications

I love how she is very real in her approach. she has done lots of research and not just the science kind. you have to talk to real people not just look at survey results. she offers different suggestions allowing you to choose what fits for your family. shes honest about what she has tried with her family and the successes and failures. i will definitely come back to this as my children grow.

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  • 11-14-18

Useful

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Baby overnight. It gave lots of useful pointers about how to start as you mean to go on.

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  • 10-29-19

Awesome! A must read!

Thoroughly enjoyed the whole book and I can really relate to every chapter! I encourage all parents to read/listen to it. You won't be disappointed.