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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.

Dear Listener,

Why did I decide to tell this story now?
"It is hard for me to accept I have been a mom for two decades, but the laugh lines and worry creases tell no lies. After all this time, colic to college, diapers to dorms, I have learned much, and there is one thing I know with absolute certainty. We deserve better. So do our kids. It saddens me to bear witness to a family culture with an abundance of stress and a paucity of enjoyment. For parents and children, the struggle is real, and recent events have served to further damage and confuse our roles, our goals, and our motivation. It is critical we change our culture and build happier homes and happier families by taking back the power of the parent. The time is now. The parenting journey is a long one, and the baggage we carry, we carry by choice. Let’s put down the guilt, the obsession, the fear, and the doubt. We’ve been burdened by them for too long. By letting them go, we make room for confidence, joy, respect, and laughter, all of which are light as a feather. It is my hope, through this Audible Original, that I can help you discover the beauty and ease in your own unique parenting journey." –Dr. Karen Latimer, creator of Take Back the House

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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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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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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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Insightful, Funny & Lighthearted

All parents need to hear this. It’s time we remembered what is really important in the crazy years of raising children.

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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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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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