IN-PERSON: Carla Naumburg

With the anxieties of living through a pandemic coupled with today’s parenting culture of unattainable expectations and incessant demands, it’s no wonder so many parents think they’re doing a sh*tty job. Carla Naumburg, author of the bestselling How to Stop LosingYour Sh*t With Your Kids, flips the script on ‘Sh*tty Parent Syndrome’ in her new book. Showing how great parenting is grounded in true self-compassion, Carla offers readers a simple, evidence-based practice that reveals how to stop judging yourself and start treating yourself with acceptance and understanding. Through Carla’s trademark mix of warmth, humor and empathy, readers will learn how self-compassion helps us think clearly and creatively, and parent confidently. Following Carla's presentation, she will answer audience questions and sign books. Masks are required at this event, no exceptions. Thank you!

Of course you think you’re doing a sh*tty job. Every parent does. It’s pretty much a byproduct of our society, with its incessant demands coupled with the in-your-face competitiveness parents see on social media. Unfortunately, the pandemic only made things worse, as parents juggled the stresses of helping their kids navigate online schooling while they also had to work from home. All of which makes Carla Naumburg’s new book utterly necessary. Author of How to Stop Losing Your Sh*t with Your Kids, with 149,000 copies in print, Naumburg delivers her message right up front—You Are Not a Sh*tty Parent—that all parents need to hear and believe in. And she does it with her singular understanding, relatably funny voice, and keen insights.

You don’t react calmly to every situation? That doesn’t make you a sh*tty parent. You’d rather hide in the back of the closet than play dolls with your child (because you hate dolls)—nope, doesn’t mean you’re a sh*tty parent. The fact is, great parenting is not the same thing as perfect parenting. Great parenting starts with true self-compassion, the kind that means you don’t judge yourself. Harnessing this self-compassion is the key to giving yourself a break and embracing your best qualities as a parent. There are four evidence-based elements of self-compassion—noticing, connection, curiosity, and compassion of course—and Naumburg gives tangible steps for how to use each to help parents reduce their anxiety, trust their instincts, move past the guilt and become a calmer, more confident parent. Which, in the end, benefits your child as much as you.
Carla Naumburg, PhD, LICSW, is a clinical social worker, and mother. She’s the author of five non-fiction books, including her international bestseller, How to Stop Losing Your Sh*t With Your Kids (Workman, 2019), as well as You Are Not a Sh*tty Parent, and the forthcoming How to Stop Freaking Out, the (completely swear-free) middle-grade adaptation of How to Stop Losing Your Sh*t With Your Kids

Carla’s writing has appeared in a variety of online and print publications, including The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Huffington Post, Mindful Magazine,, Psychology Today, WBUR’s Cognoscenti Blog, Brain, Child, Motherwell,, PsychCentral, and Today Moms
Carla completed a bachelor’s degree in psychology at Middlebury College, a master’s degree in social work from Smith College, and a PhD in clinical social work from Simmons College in Boston. Carla grew up in Santa Fe, New Mexico, and the Bay Area of California and she currently lives outside of Boston with her husband and two daughters.

Wednesday, October 12, 2022 - 7:00pm
Event address: 
111 South Street
Plainville, MA 02762
You Are Not a Sh*tty Parent: How to Practice Self-Compassion and Give Yourself a Break By Carla Naumburg Cover Image
ISBN: 9781523517114
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Published: Workman Publishing Company - September 27th, 2022

How to Stop Losing Your Sh*t with Your Kids: A Practical Guide to Becoming a Calmer, Happier Parent By Carla Naumburg Cover Image
ISBN: 9781523505425
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Workman Publishing Company - August 20th, 2019