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Worry doesn't have to rob you of peace.

If you let it, parenting worry will move into your brain and stay there for a lifetime. The problem: It robs you of joy, of being in the moment and savoring the many awesome parts of raising kids. Worrying doesn’t make you a better parent. It induces unnecessary stress and anxiety.

In Worry Less, Parent Better, family physician and mother of five Dr. Karen Latimer tackles six major topics that plague the parent brain: food, sleep, health and safety, socialization, technology, and achievement. In each, she examines the problems at large that prompt worry, she identifies exactly what we worry about, and finally, she offers practical steps and tips for alleviating it so you can enjoy the journey a whole lot more.

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Why I write ...

It is hard for me to accept I have been a mom for two decades, but the laugh lines and worry creases tell no lies. After all this time, colic to college, diapers to dorms, I have learned much, and there is one thing I know with absolute certainty. We deserve better. So do our kids. It saddens me to bear witness to a family culture with an abundance of stress and a paucity of enjoyment. For parents and children, the struggle is real, and recent events have served to further damage and confuse our roles, our goals and our motivation. It is critical we change our culture and build happier homes and happier families by taking back the power of the parent. The time is now. The parenting journey is a long one, and the baggage we carry, we carry by choice. Let’s put down the guilt, the obsession, the fear and the doubt. We’ve been burdened by them for too long. By letting them go, we make room for confidence, joy, respect and laughter, all of which are light as a feather. It is my hope, through my Audible Originals, I can help you discover or acknowledge the beauty and ease in your own parenting journey.

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