208. Slacker Parenting (AKA How to spend less time micromanaging and more time enjoying your kids)

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Jesse and I are talking about slack parenting this week. This term might seem a bit scary to you, but hear us out because it’s not what it sounds like!

Listen in as I talk about Alli Worthington’s upcoming book Remaining You While Raising Them which is what inspired this topic. Alli talks about the overparenting that many women feel pressured to do, hovering over their children constantly and giving them very little opportunity to learn and grow on their own. It’s not actually a completely hands-off approach but rather an opportunity to focus on what she calls the “majors” rather than the “minors.”

We oftentimes don’t realize how capable kids actually are and how much overwhelming stress could potentially be alleviated by letting go just a little bit, giving us more room to lean in and love them. Not everything needs to be micromanaged.

In This Episode

[01:35] – We are talking about slacker parenting today.

[02:38] – We just got back from a camping trip!

[05:23] – Jesse learned that kids often like to sleep in the cold.

[06:25] – Our girls went to prom, as did we!

[08:29] – I have been back on the reading train.

[11:47] – I am almost done listening to The Book Woman’s Daughter.

[13:59] – Jesse is looking forward to the book The Watchmaker’s Daughter.

[16:52] – Iron in a Bottle has been saving my life!

[20:23] – Mamava pods has also been saving my life.

[23:53] – What inspired the topic of slacker parenting?

[26:19] – Hear an example of how we practice slacker parenting.

[28:31] – Kids are a lot more capable than we give them credit for.

[31:00] – Jesse emphasizes that kids will even ask to help at times.

[32:39] – We also try to avoid solving problems for our kids.

[35:06] – It’s also important to teach kids to ask for help rather than expect it.

[38:30] – Slacker parenting is such a gift to your children and to yourself.

Links & Resources

Crystal Paine

Iron in a Bottle

Mamava Pods


The Book Woman’s Daughter: A Novel by Kim Michele Richardson

The Book Woman of Troublesome Creek: A Novel by Kim Michele Richardson

The Watchmaker’s Daughter: The True Story of World War II Heroine Corrie ten Boom by Larry Loftis

Into the Lion’s Mouth: The True Story of Dusko Popov: World War II Spy, Patriot, and the Real-Life Inspiration for James Bond by Larry Loftis

Code Name: Lise: The True Story of the Woman Who Became WWII’s Most Highly Decorated Spy by Larry Loftis

The Princess Spy: The True Story of World War II Spy Aline Griffith, Countess of Romanones by Larry Loftis

Remaining You While Raising Them: The Secret Art of Confident Motherhood by Alli Worthington

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