Helicopter parent, tiger parent, bulldozer parent, lawnmower parent?
Generation Zers have a reputation of being super-entitled, but this attitude is often created by parents who mow down every obstacle in their kid’s path, never letting them fail or fall or screw things up. In How to Raise Perfectly Imperfect Kids and Be Ok with It, humorist, author, columnist, and parenting expert Lisa Sugarman takes her humanistic approach to parenting Gen Z kids and tells it like it is.
Sugarman reminds parents that it’s okay (and important) for kids to confront obstacles, it’s okay if your kids aren’t perfect, and it’s okay to say “no”. The goal isn’t to raise perfect children; the goal is to raise kind, responsible adults, and it’s a process.
How to Raise Perfectly Imperfect Kids reminds listeners that making mistakes and figuring out problems lead to lessons. And the fixating on raising the smartest, fastest, most successful kid will never result in a happy child (or a happy parent). With healthy doses of humor and reality, Sugarman reminds us that our kids were never meant to be perfect, and perfectly imperfect kids can become wonderful, well-rounded adults if we just give them the space and opportunity to grow.
How to Raise Perfectly Imperfect Kids and Be OK with It is a unique blend of practical, real-life parenting advice from deep inside the trenches with proven clinical strategies, language, and tips from Sugarman’s childhood friend and colleague Debra Fox Gansenberg, MSW, LICSW, founder and president of New Beginnings Counseling.