As parents -- as people! -- we all (I'm pretty sure all of us, yes?) wish there were a simple way, a method that is tried and true and guaranteed to get us the results we hope for... be this a fitness program, a healthy diet, a supplement protocol, a parenting handbook, a financial plan, a spiritual practice, a qualified approach to ANYTHING.
You can turn it into "something that's actually useful."
A key element in my journey to understand my daughter's sudden angst has come from a book entitled, The Conscious Parent, Transforming ourselves, empowering our children, by Dr. Shefali Tsabary.
I'm blessed to be able to work from home with my son, but there are still times when I wonder if I could be doing more as a parent.
The other day, my daughter asked why people read parenting books. I told her that sometimes I read them to understand her better. She responded, "That book isn't about me, it's about somebody else. If you don't understand me, ask me."
I am often stressed out. And as much as I hate to admit it, I can't always hide this side of myself from my kids.
In the spirit of Father's Day, I thought it might only be fitting to highlight a few of the dads that I've met along the way that have written books. Not just 'books', but brutally honest works of non-fiction and comedic memoirs about fatherhood, written by actual fathers. Dudes that have ALL been in the trenches of parenting combat.
We make parenting harder for ourselves because we think it should come naturally. We make parenting harder on ourselves because we think the kids are making it hard on us without realizing we are missing some skills that could make it easier.