Calm the H*ck Down

How to Let Go and Lighten Up About Parenting

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About The Book

From author and speaker Melanie Dale comes a laugh-out-loud hilarious parenting book that teaches you how to dial back the stress of raising children with the simple premise that we all just need to lighten up a little bit.

Most of us thought we’d be amazing parents—and then we had kids. Now we spend what little free time we have comparing ourselves to other parents, comparing our kids to other kids, and panicking that everyone else is nailing it except us. Between constant social media postings to conflicting advice found in parenting books, we often have no choice but to freak out. But there is another way. We all just need to calm the h*ck down.

Melanie Dale—a special needs parent, adoptive parent, in vitro parent, and reluctant cheer mom—believes we are all putting too much pressure on ourselves and our kids to be perfect. Instead, she argues, we need to take a step back so we can actually enjoy this journey called parenting.

Calm the H*ck Down is filled with stories from Melanie’s own life, as well as real-life research for learning how to lighten up about every aspect of parenting—from poopy diapers and germs to family vacations and adolescent angst. She also discusses the pressure to knock it all out of the Pinterest park, the challenge of instilling some kind of faith into your kids, and worrying about their future while still trying to live in the present.

Infused with quirky humor, profound insight, and accessible advice, Calm the H*ck Down gives you the permission to finally relax and enjoy this ridiculous thing we do called parenting.

About The Author

Rachel Ronne

Melanie Dale is an author, speaker, podcaster, and mother of three children from three different continents. She and her husband live in the Atlanta area. They have successfully kept their kids alive for a combined total of 227,760 hours, give or take. Melanie has appeared on numerous radio shows and podcasts and has been featured in articles in Real Simple, The Bump, Working Mother, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, and the Los Angeles Times.

Product Details

  • Publisher: Atria Books (August 4, 2020)
  • Length: 288 pages
  • ISBN13: 9781982114374

Raves and Reviews

"This book made me feel like a better parent. Melanie’s wit, charm, and sheer dedication to finding humor in every circumstance reminds us that parenting can actually be (dare we say it?) FUN. Through amusing anecdotes and helpful lists, Melanie invites us to lighten up about everything from school and feelings to friendship and puberty. A delight for any parent who needs a good laugh, Calm the H*ck Down rivals the next comedy special in your Netflix queue. Do yourself a favor—skip the show and buy this book instead. I promise you’ll laugh just as hard and walk away with some parenting tips that are actually useful. Calm the H*ck Down is the permission slip you’ve been waiting for. And Melanie Dale—the mom friend you didn’t know you needed—is the perfect one to hand it to you." —Ashlee Gadd, founder of Coffee+Crumbs

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