Happiness won't come from a big promotion at work, or from winning the lottery, or from your kids all learning to put their toys away when they're done playing. Because eventually, you just get used to all that stuff.
True, lasting happiness comes when you set yourself up for success. Think of this book as giving yourself an Iron Man suit against all the frustrations and annoyances of parenting life.
Get the e-book plus bonus printables to help you become your happiest self for $14.99.
Maybe your patience seems to disappear when your kids test the boundaries. Maybe you know you need "me time" but can't seem to make it happen. Or you might feel overwhelmed with everything that you should be doing to keep your family trucking along.
Here are some typical expectations you may have of yourself as a parent:
You want to be a loving parent who guides your kids towards a life of happiness and success.
You want to be a supportive partner who listens and does your fair share around the house and surprises your honey with sweet demonstrations of your love.
You want to be a rockstar at work, surpassing all your goals and wowing your colleagues with your awesomeness.
You want to help out at your kid's school, or start volunteering, or pick up a new hobby because it sounds fun but also because you read trying something new is good for preventing Alzheimer's and you'd really like to avoid that if at all possible.
...and on and on and on. But you know what?
To meet your expectations of yourself, you’d need 48 hours in a day, and that doesn’t include any time for sleep.
You need help. You need to set yourself up for success so the chaos of parenting life doesn't drag you back into feeling overwhelmed, stressed, or just vaguely annoyed all the time. (Or maybe it's not so vague.)
Let's say you had a goal to eat healthier this year. But when you go the grocery store, you fill your cart with Oreos, Pringles, and three different flavors of Ben & Jerry's ice cream. You aren't going to meet your goal because you haven't set yourself up for success.
Think of this book as filling your cart with nutritious (but still delicious) food. Except instead of healthy food, you'll get the best SCIENCE-BACKED tools for busy parents to help you become your happiest self.
"There are no words to express my gratitude for this...it's simply amazing how you make me feel more normal and I can accept myself for what I call my mistakes." – Marbila
"I have had a few of these [meltdown moments] over the past year and the DEEP SHAME I felt (still feel upon remembrance) would make it very difficult to express publicly. I had tears reading this, intimately knowing the feeling of seeing your child's scared face, the tears, the pleading eyes. And the promises to never let that happen again. Thank you for letting us know we are not alone, that we aren't the worst parent that ever lived, that there are ways to adjust the variables so the outcome is different...better." – Karyn
"I am a HUGE list person and my to-do list was just this unending ridiculousness before I read the book! ...It has made me feel way less overwhelmed and like I'm actually making a dent!" – Lindsay
"I hate myself when I raise my voice towards my sweet babies or my husband. It's been such a blessing having your advice coming in. I know I'm at the end of the rope and it was starting to strangle me. Being a Type A personality sucks much; especially when it affects my children. Having grown up in a very abusive household with one parent and a negligent atmosphere on the other household, the very last thing I ever want my children to feel is fear, despair, or helpless." – Lisa
"When you wrote...'A bad parent would never buy a book about how to be a happier parent. That's something only a good parent would do.'
It made tears stream down my face. The 'mama guilt' is fierce and it seems to plague me about every little thing on a daily basis. As a mother, I want to do every single thing perfectly, hence the 'mama guilt' and feelings of being a bad parent sometimes. Thank you so very much for your time, effort, and research that went into this book.
I'm so thankful I found your website and have this book as a guide towards becoming a better person for my family." – Ashley
HERE'S WHAT YOU GET
After getting your copy of this e-book for busy parents, you'll know how to:
Stop feeling overwhelmed. Get a handle on the swirling chaos of to-do items and appointments and "should"s in your head.
Set yourself up for a happy day, every day. Find out the ingredients you need in your day in order to become your happiest self.
Catch yourself before you lose your cool. Learn what to do when you lose your patience with a temper-taming toolkit of proven tools to get you back on track.
Heal after the storm. But for the days when you do lose your cool, you'll get the exact steps to flush the bad mojo from your body and repair the relationship with your child (or your partner).
...and more essentials to help you become your happiest self in the chaos of parenting life.
For example, you also get:
Bonus printables to help you track your happiness journey and record your personal recipe for happiness
Sample daily happiness schedules for stay-at-home parents, parents who work outside the home, and work-from-home parents
Access to a private Facebook community of your fellow parents where you'll get support and encouragement during your journey to find more happiness as a parent
The Book That Will Unlock Your Recipe for Happiness
Hi, I'm Kelly.
I'm a mom to three girls, a recovering perfectionist, and the author of Happy You, Happy Family.
After my family welcomed our third little one into the mix, we became a family of five with a second-grader, a toddler, and a newborn. Even though I could have used more sleep and way more coffee, we were happy. Then my husband’s paternity leave ended, and I was at home with the kids all day. As time wore on, my patience became razor thin. And one day, I just broke.
The shame burns my cheeks just thinking of that day, even now. But thanks to that experience, I realized I had to make a change. I threw myself into researching how to find happiness in the chaos of parenting. Something beyond “make time for you” and “exercise more.” Because when you’re overwhelmed and at your breaking point, you don’t need the “experts” telling you more stuff to do on top of everything else.
That’s how I discovered the secrets: 10 secrets every parent should know about being happy. After hearing from hundreds of parents in the same boat as me, I knew I needed to share what I discovered. And so I wrote this book: Happy You, Happy Family.