Parenting is hard. It’s hard because:
- Children can be unpredictable and inconvenient. They challenge us in ways that we never anticipated and don’t know how to handle.
- Parents hold themselves to impossibly high standards, and feel like a failure when you don’t meet them.
- Parents lose their patience and yell more often than they’d like.
- Parents are overwhelmed by all of the advice and information coming at them, and they feel like they’re getting it wrong.
- It feels impossible to take care of yourself in the midst of managing work, home, and family. Parents feel exhausted, depleted, and overwhelmed most of the time.
In this blog, I write about a variety of techniques, tips, and tricks for making parenting easier and more fun. Mindfulness is a central practice in my parenting life, so I write about that a lot here, but it’s just one way to be a more present, calm parent.
About Carla Naumburg, PhD, LICSW
I am a clinical social worker, author, and most importantly, a mother to two young daughters. Since becoming a parent, I have become increasingly interested in mindfulness practice as a way to stay focused, calm, and present in the chaos of tantrums, late-night wake-ups, and the constant negotiations of life with two children. This blog explores my personal and professional journey to make parenting easier and more fun.
I’m currently working on my third book, How to Stop Losing Your Sh*t With Your Kids (Workman, forthcoming).
Here’s the official bio:
Carla Naumburg, PhD, is writer, speaker, and clinical social worker. She is the author of Ready, Set, Breathe: Practicing Mindfulness with Your Children for Fewer Meltdowns and a More Peaceful Family (New Harbinger, 2015) and Parenting in the Present Moment: How to Stay Focused on What Really Matters (Parallax, 2014). Her writing has appeared in The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Huffington Post, and Mindful Magazine, among other places. Carla is a sought-after public speaker, and she coaches overwhelmed parents on how to make parenting less stressful and more fun. She lives outside of Boston with her husband, two young daughters, and two totally insane cats.