Savvy Parenting Advice

Don’t Sweat The Small Stuff author Kristine Carlson shares her parenting advice and tips.

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The latest installment of the bestselling Don’t Sweat the Small Stuff books is strictly for moms (it’s about time). Author Kristine Carlson gives us stay-cool advice for surviving our children’s adolescence and beyond.

The stuff that doesn’t seem important is. “As I began to write this book, it sent me into an emotional tailspin that took me by surprise. I had all sorts of feelings about being a mom and some regrets too. There were things I wish I had done more of—silly things, like bake more cookies. When you’re in the chaos of family life, you don’t know how fast time flies.”

The stuff that seems important isn’t. “In preschool, one of my daughters had a habit of twisting her hair to the point that it would fall out and leave a small bald spot. Just when I’d gotten really stressed about what to do, she stopped. I learned that kids are constantly changing. What you’re worried about now won’t be the same a year from now. Life is short. Don’t take a day for granted.”

When it comes to parenting, more isn’t always better. “When you give too much to your children, you’re not allowing them to feel the satisfaction that comes from making life better for themselves. Some struggle is good. Encouraging our kids to earn their privilege through hard work is one of the greatest gifts we can give them.”

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