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Carla Naumburg, PHD, is a clinical social worker, writer, and-most importantly-mother. She is author of Parenting in the Present Moment, the Mindful Parenting blogger for, and a contributing editor at Her writing has appeared in The New York Times, the Washington Post, näytä lisää and the Huffington Post, among other places. Visit Carla online at näytä vähemmän

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I was first introduced to self-compassion and mindfulness in grad school when I was spiraling to finish, and it turned out to be a key part of alleviating decades of self-judgement and depression. It didn't immediately take, but I'd never allowed thoughts the space to simply be, and examine them with compassion.

So, it's unsurprising to see these applied to the stressful situations that'll arise as a parent. While the first thing to come to mind is my friend rel="nofollow" target="_top">Paul Bowers' blog on swears for credibility, You Are Not a Shitty Parent is a kind, friendly introduction to self-compassion and how to apply it to yourself and your family. While people have parented for, well, millennia, that doesn't necessarily make it easy or intuitive and it's really hard to not feel like a failure (I imagine, anyway- this is still mostly hypothetical for me currently), but it's okay to allow yourself grace, and give yourself the space to examine where those feelings come from and how to be kind to yourself when navigating.

Like... it does come across a little hippie woo but! Reframing this as "don't talk to yourself this way, you wouldn't talk to a friend like that" has been extremely helpful in pausing to reconsider my own negative self-talk and it'll be SO incredibly helpful to foster that curiosity/kindness mindset in kiddo early on. I remember intensely judging myself for perceived failings as early as second grade, and I don't want that for my kid(s).… (lisätietoja)
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Daumari | Dec 28, 2023 |
I remember so clearly the kind of parent I was going to be before I had kids...and then I became a parent. Our kids are kind, funny, curious, loving and they can totally make me lose my shit. We have two boys who are two years apart in age and parenting can feel like a total rollercoaster ride. No matter how hard you try, you are not going to be a perfect parent.

"When it comes to parenting, being awesome and screwing up are not mutually exclusive." -Carla Naumburg

I can recall with such vivid memories how completely overwhelmed I was when our first son was a baby because the physically demanding aspects of parenting an infant who cried a lot and slept, umm, not a lot were 24/7. I was exhausted. As the years went by and we added a second child, not only did parenting feel physically hard but it became emotionally hard. This is also when we entered the stage of "losing our shit".

You think it won't happen to you, but then it does. Have you ever tried strapping a screeching toddler into a car seat while they are whacking you in the face while also making their entire body as straight and stiff as a board? Have you ever wanted to take a 3-minute shower without referring two children who are fighting over a toy neither one has previously played with in years? Have you ever been on a last minute work phone call and had to say "I am going to have to call you back" because you can't hear anyone over the screeching of your children in the background of the car, who you previously explained to that you needed to make this important phone call? There are thousands of more examples, but this is just an example of how you may get to the "losing your sh*t" zone of parenting.

How to Stop Losing Your Sh*t with Your Kids is a relatable and approachable discussion about the stresses of modern-day parenting. Naumburg starts with defining why parents can sometimes lose it, and then goes into the different steps of how you work towards losing it less.

TRIGGERS: Understand your triggers...we all have them even though they may be very different.

AWARENESS. Know what pushes your buttons and own it.

REFLECT. Having some insight into the WHY can help you have a plan.

REDUCE TRIGGERS: Work on reducing triggers. This makes you feel less out of control and enables you to be more proactive when you get into moments of frustration.

COMPASSION. Have compassion both with yourself and with your children...and really, the world around you. When you can look at something from a more empathetic viewpoint, it is easier to own the situation and then move forward. You always have another chance to have a more positive interaction.

SET YOURSELF UP FOR SUCCESS. In a fast-paced world, parents are juggling more things than ever before. Finding ways to take care of yourself actually makes YOU a better parent. Find your village and support system and choose wisely when saying YES...the fewer overcommitments the fewer triggers you might have. Unitask when you are able...multitasking usually causes nothing to get done well and often results in massive frustration levels for all.

I found this book to be approachable and real, yet also great at calling out what our issues might be so we can be more proactive about them in the future. There was a great balance of reflection and action no matter what your situation or triggers. Naumburg strives for progress, not perfection which feels attainable when you are in the thick of it.

Naumburg discusses with great detail how to catch yourself when you are in or about to enter a "losing it" moment and has reachable suggestions such as "notice, pause and do literally anything else". I loved the section on compassion, both with ourselves and with our children. When we lose it, which will still happen sometimes, no matter how many things we put in place to stop it, the most important thing we can do is own it.

Reconnecting with ourselves can help guide us to why we might have reacted that way and provide us an opportunity to think about practical things we can put in place to help it from happening again...such as scheduling self-care, reaching out to our support system, etc.

Another step in compassion is reconnecting with our children. Getting calm and apologizing is one of the most powerful parts we can do, not only to repair and respect our relationships with our kids but also to help them see how powerful talking through moments can be for both parties.

I found so many parts of this book helpful and highly recommend it to any parent who is looking for proactive and attainable advice. Thank you to NetGalley and Workman Publishing Company for a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
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genthebookworm | 1 muu arvostelu | Dec 19, 2020 |
Where was this book when I had four kids under the age of ten? Practical and not preachy, this is the kind of book you can read in spurts with no problem. It's also not so long that you'll never begin in at all. But do read it from start to finish in order.
Real-life never stops being stressful; the only thing you can do is to work on your responses to stressful events.
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JennyNau10 | 1 muu arvostelu | Dec 7, 2019 |



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