We love our kids, but do we love our role as parents? We strive for our kids to be successful, but do we feel successful as parents? According to New York Times columnist and author KJ Dell’Antonia, the two go hand-in-hand and you can’t have one without the other. By experiencing joy – real happiness, you can learn how to mitigate the day-to-day downers from getting everyone out the door in the morning, to making sure chores and homework gets done without battles, or having siblings without rivalry. This session will share the common problem spots that cause parents the most grief, and offer doable steps to become more successful as a family unit.
Speaker: KJ Dell’Antonia, columnist and contributing editor, the New York Times and author, How to Be a Happier Parent
KJ DELL’ANTONIA edited the Motherlode column for the New York Times for five years. This experience taught her this: family can be a source of joy, not stress. Her reporting and research on parental happiness led to her book, How to Be a Happier Parent: Raising a Family, Having a Life and Loving (Almost) Every Minute. She writes regularly on the personal and policy aspects of parenthood for the New York Times and other publications, and sends out a weekly tiny letter on being a happier parent (even when she’s not). She lives in New Hampshire with her husband, four children and assorted horses, chickens, dogs and cats. @kjdellantonia