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How to be a Happier Parent

Raising a Family, Having a Life, and Loving (Almost) Every Minute
Written by: KJ Dell'Antonia
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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A parent's handy guide

This is a very useful guide for a parent to raise children well and at the same time enjoy the process of doing so. #Audible1

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Only for hot mess parents

This is a great book if you're the hottest mess parent of all time, but if you're someone who even remotely has it together this book seems like an awful lot of "no shit" and "who on earth lives their lives like that!?"

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Full of humour and encouragement

Wonderful, well-researched and diverse advice on reducing stress and finding joy in raising independent human beings. I especially loved the chapter on discipline, as she summarizes a gentle loving yet authoritative approach so succinctly. She gave me permission to be myself and imperfect! Best of all, she often had me giggling!

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  • Jessica H.
  • 2018-10-23

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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  • Sarah
  • 2019-01-09

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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  • rach23
  • 2019-02-18

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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  • Nicole Pearson
  • 2019-01-22

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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  • Michelle B.
  • 2018-10-02

wonderful help for parents who want to be happy

A great resource. Very well descriptive examples and scenarios. The discipline chapter was most helpful.

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  • Courtney Kors
  • 2018-09-28

This book has been an absolute gift to me

KJ is a mom of four, with one adopted daughter and 3 biological children, just like myself. That in itself made me feel like I had found a friend who’s been a little farther down the trail I’m on who could throw me a little hope.

There was not a single topic in family life addressed in this book that did not resonate with me. As a type A person sharing her life with four little hurricanes, I often feel buried by the unpleasantness instead of reveling in the beauty of this season of family life-which I fully chose and want to enjoy! The mantras and tips have given me much needed shift in perspective when a situation starts to trigger me.

So thankful to have read/heard this book!!!!

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  • Neily
  • 2018-09-15

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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  • "mcnamarc"
  • 2018-08-24

Happier Parenting

Like a chat over coffee with that mom from baseball practice who always seems to have it all together - but in an approachable rather than off putting way. I love the author’s podcast, #AmWriting With Jess and KJ, so I knew I wanted to listen to rather than read her book. Did not disappoint!

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  • jpltpl
  • 2018-09-29

An essential, fun listen for all parents!

KJ Dell'Antonia's wise, yet conversational tone, made for great, accessible reading. This book is essential for parents who feel as if something is off, if parenting is not making us as happy as we had hoped it would. I will be giving this book away for the holidays and love love love it!

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