224. The Secret Art of Confident Motherhood (with Alli Worthington)

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Get ready for an episode of the show that I have been looking forward to for so long! I am joined today by the incredible Alli Worthington, author of the recently released book Remaining You While Raising Them: The Secret Art of Confident Motherhood. Believe me, if you’re seeking empowerment and practical guidance in navigating the challenging waters of parenting, this episode is an absolute must-listen!

In our conversation, Alli opens up about her journey as a mother to five boys and a stepdaughter, offering relatable stories that will resonate deeply with so many mothers. From tackling the pervasive grip of mom guilt to disassembling the myth of perfection that tends to be perpetuated by social media, we delve into many of the challenges and pressures that mothers face today, including the hesitation to ask for help when it’s needed.

We also explore Alli’s refreshing concept of slacker parenting (which Jesse and I have discussed on the show before), encouraging us to focus on what truly matters and shed the unrealistic expectations that often weigh us down. Listen in to discover actionable steps to prioritize self-care, cultivate emotional health, and empower your children to become responsible adults!


In This Episode

[0:35] – I am chatting with Alli Worthington today!

[1:44] – Alli gives us some background information about herself.

[3:03] – Alli reveals why she was initially hesitant to write a book about family.

[5:18] – I share a relatable experience about my own struggle with mom guilt.

[7:13] – Alli emphasizes the importance of teaching kids self-sufficiency.

[9:20] – Alli defines slacker parenting.

[12:12] – Human connection matters most to kids, not perfect meals.

[13:37] – Emotional health encompasses mental, spiritual, and relational well-being.

[15:55] – I emphasize a part of Alli’s book about there being no such thing as perfect parenting.

[16:55] – Alli points out what managing emotional health looks like for mothers.

[18:33] – Alli argues that women often feel like they can’t ask for help.

[21:30] – If someone can complete a task at 75% of your ability, it’s worth letting them help.

[23:42] – How can moms find the balance between helping their kids without enabling them?

[26:00] – Teenage responsibility requires fostering independence and avoiding over-parenting.

[28:24] – I share how college orientation advised me to send my daughter with a medicine box.

[30:13] – Alli wishes she’d known about self-care and rejecting unrealistic parenting sooner.


Links & Resources

Crystal Paine

The Crystal Paine Show – 208. Slacker Parenting (AKA How to spend less time micromanaging and more time enjoying your kids)



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


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