Laugh More, Yell Less: Stuck-at-Home Edition
You swing from mood to mood, losing yourself in play with the kids to crying in the shower. How is this now normal?
You bask in those moments when being stuck-at-home shows its silver lining. But then it’s dinner time (again!) and you have to face that overwhelming feeling of dealing with everyone’s needs.
As a couple, you can’t find time to plan. Everything feels reactive. In a quarantine, little disagreements escalate into shouting matches. You and your partner are usually closer than most couples, but being stuck inside together 24/7, you can’t seem to find your rhythm and figure out how to zig and zag, pandemic-style.
I am confident that you can use this time stuck-at-home to make your family even stronger than before.
How do I know?
Because you have worked through big and small challenges that have prepared you for this moment. You can use what you have learned to gain control and steer your family through this time under quarantine.
I have worked with my wife for the last 25 years to manage the imbalance in our workloads and to share childcare responsibilities. We learned how to negotiate to get our individual needs met. It has been a learning curve but we figured out how to maintain a positive family culture.
At the same time, I have worked in schools for nearly 20 years, consulting with teachers and parents on children’s behavior and learning. I have worked directly with parents on their partnerships and parenting style in my practice, in schools, and in dozens of programs I have designed and led.
In 2015, I shared a message from the future. I wrote the first edition of “Laugh More, Yell Less: A Guide to Raising Kick-Ass Kids” for parents who wanted to create a positive family environment. We need kick-ass families to raise the kick-ass kids (think Greta Thunberg or Malala Yousafzai) who will lead us in a volatile, unpredictable future.
Well, folks, that uncertain future is here! And it is NOT what we predicted.
Here’s what you can expect from reading “Laugh More, Yell Less”
In 2020, I rebooted this book with additional ideas for parents who feel “stuck-at-home.” For the last 20 years, I have been helping moms and dads to become the parents their kids deserve. I am a licensed professional, a Positive Psychologist, and the happily-married (for almost 30 years) father of two kick-ass (now grown) kids.
Let me help you “crack the code.” I believe that your family can make this challenging moment into an opportunity. Let me help you to take advantage of this unique time. Think about how your kids will remember being at home with you in 2020. You will never get ANOTHER chance like this to make your mark as a parent. Consider all that you are learning about your kids … and about yourself … and about your partner. Use this new edition of “Laugh More, Yell Less” to dive in and transform “we have to” into “we get to.”
Are you ready to “Accept the Mission”?