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Calm the H*ck Down

Melanie Dale

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Calm the H*ck Down guides parents to lighten up their approach to parenting in search of better mental health and stronger relationships.


Calm the H*ck Down

Calm the H*ck Down

by Melanie Dale


Parenting is a tough job that comes with a lot of stress. Left unchecked, parenting stress can take a toll on our mental and physical health. There is constant pressure to be the perfect parent, which leads to freak-outs over minor issues. How can you learn to lighten up while still giving your kids the structure they need?

Author Melanie Dale is an adoptive mom, an in-vitro mom, and a special-needs mom. Though she swore she would never write a parenting book, in Calm the H*ck Down: How to Let Go and Lighten Up About Parenting, Dale opens up about parenting pressures and how she's learned to combat them.

Dale shares her insights and witty anecdotes in a raw, realistic take on parenting. Using research and real-life stories, the author shows readers how it's possible to relax and enjoy parenting while still being a good parent.

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Lightening up is not frivolous or optional. … Lightness, playfulness, and humor are worthy pursuits that can help us process difficult topics, traumatic experiences, and the daily rigors of life.

- Melanie Dale

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