• Take Back the House

  • Raising Happy Parents
  • By: Karen Latimer M.D.
  • Narrated by: Karen Latimer
  • Length: 3 hrs and 3 mins
  • 4.7 out of 5 stars (886 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

Parents everywhere, hear this: You can calm down, take a breath, stop worrying, and do more for your kids by doing less. They will survive, thrive, and later thank you for giving them freedom. And you’ll enjoy raising them in a happier, more peaceful home.

In Take Back the House, Dr. Karen Latimer, a family physician and mother of five, offers some down-home parenting advice for those ready to parent with more confidence and more joy. Speaking from the trenches of her own house, Dr. Latimer will help you take back yours by gently reclaiming power and perspective and practicing some simple, stress-free advice. She’ll help you focus on your own happiness to develop a thoughtful, balanced dynamic with your kids. Told with candor and humor, this Audible Original will leave you feeling recharged, renewed, and perfectly happy with imperfection. Warning: This piece involves a naked toddler in Target and other unforgettable scenes from real life.

©2021 Karen Latimer, MD (P)2021 Audible Originals, LLC.

About the Creator and Performer

Karen Latimer, MD, is a family physician and mother of five children, ranging in age from 11 to 19. She is a healthcare provider at Bergen Volunteer Medical Initiative, a free clinic for the working uninsured, and a board member at the Ridgewood YMCA in Ridgewood, New Jersey, where she spearheads a mental wellness initiative. Dr. Latimer has been a frequent on-air contributor to ABC and AOL. A graduate of Stony Brook University Medical School, she completed her residency in family medicine at Columbia University Irving Medical Center in New York City.

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Once I started, I listened all t way through!

I'm a dad, so I understand the profound importance on Mothers - and parenting, or being a guardian of any kind!
This book - and the superb performance - are a cherished gift in my life.
The stories and insights and vulnerable revelations all serve to remind me of many fundamental/universal truths about parenting and life in general.
I feel such deep gratiftude for the author - for her generous contribution to families, and to myself for choosing this book in the first place.
I'm already looking forward to listening again - this time with journal at hand :)

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Relatable, insightful and entertaining! Loved it!

A must read for today’s overstressed parent! Light, funny, heartwarming and thought- provoking! This book allows you to take a deep breath and enjoy the gift of the present with your children!

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Floaties off!!

As a father of three, thank you for reminding us these kids are more capable than we give them credit for. They grow when we take the floaties off. Great advice. Well done.

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Honest and refreshing.

Honest, refreshing and entertaining!!!
As a father of three it was spot on. As advertised, it definitely helps deal with the anxiety of being a parent.

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Some good ideas, hope it doesn't become a religion

The good, the author offers a fresh perspective on parenting. The intended audience (intentional or not) is very specific to higher income families. It's a doctor talking about some very unscientific things, like complaints about sugar highs. Totally agree with and have felt the "you do you" and comfort zone stuff.

The author mostly advocates going back to parenting as previous generations did it. My concerns: There's a middle ground between the distant, unwavering ruler of the household parenting and the parent servants of today; you just can't parent that way in many areas. You don't have the tools our parents and their parents probably had, like extended family, knowing their neighbors, religious fellowship with their neighbors. Plus, most of them hit. We can't and shouldn't go back.

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Fantastic!!

I hope many take the time to listen to this! I enjoyed it while taking my daily walks. I laughed and took in all the incredible advice Karen gave. So relatable! This is an audible you will most definitely appreciate and pass on to your friends!

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Loved!!

This is an easy listen, she could have a career in narrating. I can only imagine how tough it must be when you are not an actress or performer but she is up there with the pros!!!
I loved that she mixed personal stories in with the advice. A lot of it things that seem so simple but I think could have a profound effect on the way I parent. So many things I had never thought of that could make motherhood so much more enjoyable. i would love to hear more from her in the future!!

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A must read for every parent!

This book has changed my life!!! I wish I had it to read 6 years ago. A lot of the anxiety I’ve had over the past years would have seemed futile. If your a parent, mom or dad, please read this book!

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Funny & Wise

This is great! So much amazing information from someone who has been there done that! Parenting is the hardest thing in the world. Karen Latimer gives great guideposts for raising your kids and more importantly raising yourself. Trust yourself and trust Karen. Love this.

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Simply Brilliant!

A MUST LISTEN for anyone seeking thought provoking sentiments and authenticity. Every household can benefit from Dr. Latimer’s insightful methodology . Professional advice supported by her own personal experiences. Warm, funny, identifiable. I truly enjoyed every word!

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  • 06-28-22

Great book

loved it, simple but meaningful :) recommend for stressed out parents. Good tips and story line.

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  • 06-28-22

Useful for very young children

Some nice principles but aimed more at those beginning their parenting journey. Easy to listen to.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 05-31-22

Must read!

Loved it, simple, strict to the point and down to earth advice. Really common sense approach.

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  • Kirsty
  • 05-26-22

An encouraging parenting book

Really different to every parenting book I have been reading. The book was really encouraging and easy to listen too.

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  • Josephine H.
  • 04-09-22

Very helpful

Pragmatic, refreshing and releasing to get on with parenting without the pressure of comparison! Thank you Karen for sharing your insight.

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  • Ruthelister
  • 03-16-22

Build a family foundation

Interesting read/listen, more applicable to parents of children out of baby and toddler hood. Better for older children but good foundations.

Note - there is background music at times which was unsettling the first time coming through headphones! Nice music tho

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  • thomas foote
  • 02-27-22

totally relatable

as a mum of 5 and having spiraling disabilities this help break things down, in a way I could totally get

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  • Erika
  • 02-19-22

fun and practical mum

great light hearted listen. for a mum on a run . boosted my confidence and gave a few easy pointers for happy parenting.

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  • Andy
  • 01-16-22

A broad overview

This is a reflective broad overview rather than a step by step guide. It is well narrated with humour and respect. My takeaways were that too much choice overwhelms and that all phases of childhood pass and remember that as parent you are the adult. The interesting point was that the author has both teenage and small children and has honed her theoretical skills along the way

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  • Dean & James Stevenson
  • 12-08-21

Wowzers! A must for any parent!

This is the most down-to-earth, real and heartfelt parenting book I have listened too and trust me I am an addict. We are adoptive parents and can take so much from this. Karen’s attitude and outlook on the world has confirmed so much to us.

I might even listen again!
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  • Kindle Customer
  • 06-22-22

I will be recommending it to all my friends.

the narrator was perfect. the advice and examples where inspiring and no judgement within this book. I can not thank the author/narrator enough for this book. I am about to listen to it again as I am decluttering my home.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 05-20-22

great!

loved it! enlightening. listen in short spans to take it in properly. it'll change your life