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Raising the perfect child . . . it's our dream as parents. But the reality is: the perfect child doesn't exist. Yet parents everywhere are putting the full-court press on their kids to be perfect, fixating on raising them to be smarter, faster, more successful, and more popular than their peers. And that's making today's parents and their children crazy. In Untying Parent Anxiety, nationally syndicated humor columnist and author Lisa Sugarman reminds us that our kids aren't supposed to be perfect. (And neither are we.) They're going to screw up, make mistakes, and lose their way. And as soon as we embrace the idea that parenthood is not a straight line, we unlock everyone's full potential. Drawing on her life as the perfectly imperfect mother of two daughters and more than a decade of working in the school system, Sugarman deconstructs some of the biggest myths facing parents and offers advice and strategies to help soothe anxious moms and dads.



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Lisa Sugarman

"Sugarman is a professional, accomplished writer, and her easy-to-read essays should prove smoothly satisfying to general readers. Appealing, embracing essays about everyday life." - KIRKUS REVIEWS

"Sugarman's sane, funny advice will ring true with today's parents. Sugarman has quite the online following with her nationally syndicated opinion column, "It Is What It Is.'' Excellent for public library collections." - LIBRARY JOURNAL

"Sugarman deftly deconstructs some of the biggest myths facing parents and offers advice and strategies to help soothe anxious moms and dads. Cycling through everything from friend drama and separation anxiety to playing nice and emotional development, "Untying Parent Anxiety" is a funny but honest journey through the most common stages of raising kids that reinforces that parenthood is a beautiful, imperfect work in progress. Simply stated, "Untying Parent Anxiety" is a highly recommended addition to personal reading lists of parents with children between the ages of 5 and 8, as well as community library Parenting Skills collections." - MIDWEST BOOK REVIEW

Lisa Sugarman is an author and nationally syndicated humor columnist.

She is currently writing a series of four parenting books for Familius Publishing called Untying Parent Anxiety: 18 Myths that Have You in Knots - And How to Get Free, the first of which is geared to parents of children ages 5 to 8.

In addition to writing a new book series, she is also the author of the weekly humor column "It Is What It Is," featured in over 400 GateHouse Media, Inc. newspapers and websites around the country. And her debut book, LIFE: It Is What It Is, spent several weeks on the Boston Globe Local Bestseller List. A collection of her 50 favorite "It Is What It Is" opinion columns, LIFE: It Is What It Is is available on Amazon, at select Boston-area bookstores, and at select Whole Foods Marketplace stores.

A long-time columnist for GateHouse, as well as a regular contributor on LittleThings.com, GrownAndFlown.com, Care.com, Mamalode, More Content Now, and Being a Mom.life, the mother of two understands first-hand that we can't control everything that life throws at us, but we can control how we react to it.

"We're supposed to screw up, make bad decisions, and lose our way,"? Sugarman says. "Because the reality is, life isn't perfect...it's messy, chaotic, and sometimes just plain mean. But it's also joyous, fulfilling, and endlessly surprising. We just have to remember that it's a work in progress."

Lisa has made frequent radio and TV appearances from coast to coast, including LittleThings.LIVE, GrownAndFlownLIVE, Thank God for Mondays, The Warren Lawrence Show, Mr. Mom, Talk of the Town, The Brynn Project, The Experience Pros, Morning Magazine, KPQ N



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