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Parenting — it's a tough job, but also the best. Filled with anecdotes and advice from parents raising children of all ages, this book will uplift, inspire, and encourage you. Other parents, just like you, share their personal stories about all the joys, and the trials, of raising children. This book will touch your heart, make you laugh, and remind you why there is no better job than being a parent! No tearjerkers in this volume... this is all about fun and makes a great gift for both new and experienced parents.

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Five ways for busy parents to stay upbeat and energized

Inspired by Chicken Soup for the Soul: Parenthood by Jack Canfield, Mark Victor Hansen and Amy Newmark

Parenthood is full of ups and downs, but one thing is for sure: there’s no shortage of humorous stories. Whether it’s the embarrassing kindergartener with no filter or the stress from your first child getting his driver’s license, these tips from Chicken Soup for the Soul: Parenthood will help parents see the humor and stay upbeat in their busy lives.

1. Find the funny. Heather Davis was so proud of her 7-year-old daughter for doing her own hair for school. However, she was mortified when she realized her daughter had actually used Heather’s underwear instead of a pony tail holder! "I saw my innocent baby girl’s second-grade teacher smile and wave really big as I drove by," Heather writes. "I was mortified." Now the story is a funny memory that Heather is willing to share.

2. Welcome adventure into your life. Lori Slaton swore she’d never go shopping at midnight on Black Friday, but when her two teenagers asked her to go, she agreed in order to spend time with them. Even though they were stuck in terrible traffic and waited in line outside the mall in the freezing cold, they bonded over the experience. Lori thought the prices weren’t worth the crowds, traffic and cold weather, and decided to never go again. "But then I looked in the rearview mirror at my children’s sweet faces, both dozing in the car like they did when they were little," Lori says. "The truth is … if they ask me to go again next year, I’m in."

3. Learn from your kids. Theresa Hupp only started using Twitter to keep up up with her 30-year-old son who never called. She began by occasionally tweeting him motherly advice, but eventually became more adventurous, and started adding friends and following writers and people in her profession. She became knowledgeable in social media and now manages Twitter for her writing group. She loves keeping up with her son’s activities. "His friends may chuckle at my responses, but I will put up with a lot of ridicule to know how my adult child is doing," Theresa writes. "As a mother, I do whatever I can to communicate with my son. Somehow, I have to be sure my voice is heard in the turmoil of his life."

4. Think outside the box. D.B. Zane’s kids were bored from being stuck inside during winter break after Christmas. She remembered a roll of white paper she had bought for wrapping presents but never used. She traced each of her daughters and they spent the afternoon coloring in the silhouettes. The activity became an unexpected after-Christmas tradition. "It had started as an accident — a desperate attempt to find something creative and inexpensive to entertain my children. In the end, I had more than a tradition; I had many rolls of paper chronicling my children’s growth, coloring skills, and artistic expression," D.B. says. "And when all the holiday festivities were over, we still had something to look forward to."

5. Let them grow up. Tsgoyna Tanzman was having trouble calming her nerves and letting go while teaching her daughter to drive. "From where I sit it feels exactly as if she is careening down that hill and plowing straight into this milestone of independence and separation. My precious daughter, my one and only, has just taken the test that grants her permission to drive out of my life," Tsgoyna writes. "I know there will be many sleepless nights ahead, but for tonight at least, at 10:55 p.m., it’s the sweet sound of screeching rubber skidding up our driveway that lulls me to sleep."

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