Want to be a Happier Parent this School Year? New Book Review and Giveaway!

What would it look like to be a happier parent this school year?

Is it really possible for us to find more happiness amidst the chaos of the hectic school morning routine, the homework, the sibling drama and once again telling your kids to put away the screens while eating breakfast?

My friend, Lori, exudes happiness in her annual back-to-school photo tradition! Isn’t she the best?

New York Times contributor and writer KJ Dell’Antonia’s tells us HOW we can regain our happiness in parenthood in her brand new book, How to Be A Happier Parent- Raising a Family, Having a Life, and Loving (Almost) Every Minute.

As a mother of four, KJ found herself wondering if this whole parenthood thing had to be so difficult on most days. She wanted to enjoy motherhood more than she was. But, the workload was overwhelming. She questioned why she wasn’t more satisfied with her life as a parent. So she set out to find out how we can bring more happiness, and even fun to the ordinary days that make up the measure of our lives.

I consider myself overall to be a happy parent. But, I learned long ago that getting in a school pick up or drop off line was not setting me up for success in the parental happiness department. Neither was helping with math homework or making school lunches for my capable 16-year-olds. So, instead, I taught my people long ago how to be in charge of their own existence.

And low and beyond this is #1 on KJ’s list of what happier parents do well.

  1. Shift from heavier involvement to fostering independence in their children as they become more capable. (Stop doing these things for your teen this school year)
  2. They don’t put their children’s everyday needs before their own. (Can I get a hallelujah?)
  3. They look for the good in the day to day experiences. (Yes, you too can find joy in the pb&j sandwich. Dig deep.)
  4. They know what’s really important and what’s just noise and fury. (Yep, we gotta remember not to major in the minor.)

I love everything about this book- from the cute cover design to choosing the chapter I need right now to help with a problem area in our family. If it’s meal times, chores, sibling rivalry, discipline, screens… you name the thief of your parental joy and it’s most likely in here.

Through interviews with educators and experts along with her personal stories, KJ gives us lots of helpful tips, strategies, and inspirations to shift our mindsets and create new habits in order to find more happiness in our role as Mom or Dad today.

And just because my capable children wouldn’t want me to be too happy, they continue to leave me plenty of reminders that I am still dearly needed.

With a new school year upon us, How to Be A Happier Parent is a well-timed reminder that a satisfying family life isn’t about hauling kids around and eventually dropping them off at destination success. It’s about finding real happiness during our journey of parenthood, and this book will help you figure out just how to do that.


KJ sent me a copy of her brand new book How to Be A Happier Parent- Raising a Family, Having a Life, and Loving (Almost) Every Minute. to give away to one of you lucky readers!

Comment below on why you want to be a happier parent for your chance to win! One lucky winner will be chosen at random on September 1. Must be a US resident to win.

10 replies
  1. Jenn Krinn
    Jenn Krinn says:

    Why do I want to be a happier parent….simple I want to see my heart walk around this world being a positive role model to those who might not have such a happy upbringing. BE THE CHANGE, BE THE GOOD!

  2. Meggan VanNess
    Meggan VanNess says:

    I want to be a happier parent because I am realizing that time is passing too quickly. I have 2 girls in high school this year (9th and 11th) and want to make the most of each moment. Admittedly I have found my self struggling with what to let go and what guidance they really need. To top it all off, I am a high school counselor at their school and sometimes feel like I pour so much into my students that my own children get the leftovers.

  3. AmyRyb
    AmyRyb says:

    My kids are growing up all too fast, and we’ve spent so much time struggling with a challenging child and then a challenging sibling relationship. Between those two issues, they’ve stolen so much joy from what should be a really fulfilling phase in our lives. I want to maximize the time we have left and find ways to appreciate the small gains and simple joys.

  4. Karen Dybis
    Karen Dybis says:

    I love the idea of taking care of yourself — that’s how I’d like to become a happier parent. Sometimes, you need someone like KJ to remind you to put your own mask on first like on the airplanes!

  5. Robyn
    Robyn says:

    I want to be a happier parent to eliminate my frazzle. I sometimes feel frazzled doing regular day to day chores and I hate that it noticeable. I love being a Mom and working hard to provide for our daughter but I’d love to dive into this book and improve myself just a touch. Always room for improvement.

    Happy I found your blog and website. Thanks!

  6. Brenda
    Brenda says:

    I want to understand how to find happiness in parenting 3 children who are in their prime hormonal stage!!! I want to be encouraging and at the same time hold them accountable for their schoolwork, their attitude and their ability to show kindness and compassion for others at school. Any help is appreciated! Sounds like a great resource!!


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