It’s common in families for one person to assume the primary role of “family problem solver,” but this means that things get complicated and stressful when that person is unavailable or needs a break. Inspired by a listener request, Christine and I discuss the benefits of letting kids (and partners) build their own problem-solving skills and how stepping back and letting go of the hero role can benefit the entire family system.
Resources mentioned in this episode
- Minimalist Parenting
- The Misguided Desire of Wanting Our Kids To Be Happy (the listener who inspired this episode sent us this link)
- Edit Your Life Episode 21: Saying Yes to Saying No (the #1 strategy for making room for yourself!)
- Edit Your Life Episode 26: How To Get Kids To Do Chores
- Edit Your Life Episode 32: Letting Kids Experience Risk (indirectly related to our discussion about letting kids experience discomfort)
- Edit Your Life Episode 38: Prioritizing “Me” Time
- Christine’s 58-hour birth story (OMG)
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