Oct. 21, 2022

Fresh Take: Carla Naumburg Says You Are Not a Sh*tty Parent

Think you're the only garbage parent on the face of the Earth? So does every other parent on the face of the Earth. Dr. Carla Naumburg, author of You Are Not a Sh*tty Parent, shares ways to practice self-compassion, even on our darkest days.

Carla Naumburg, PhD, LICSW, is a clinical social worker, and mother. She’s the author of four non-fiction books, including her international bestseller, How to Stop Losing Your Sh*t With Your Kids (Workman, 2019), as well as You Are Not a Sh*tty Parent, and the forthcoming How to Stop Freaking Out, the (completely swear-free) middle-grade adaptation of How to Stop Losing Your Sh*t With Your Kids.

Carla explains:

  • Sh*tty Parenting Syndrome (SPS)
  • The "second arrow" of suffering
  • The four pillars of practicing self-compassion: noticing, connection, curiosity, and kindness

  • Self-compassion isn't meant to help you feel better, Carla says. It's meant to assure you that you can still feel all of the big emotions that come with parenting while taking care of yourself and validating whatever you are feeling. This allows us to approach parenting from a place of calm, clarity, creativity, and confidence.

Here's where you can find Carla:

@carlanaumburg on IG

@CarlaGeorge22 on Twitter

/cnaumburg on Facebook


Buy Carla's book: https://bookshop.org/a/12099/9781523517114

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