Impossible Parenting


A roadmap for parents who want to feel less pressure and more joy during the intense early years of childrearing.

Why is it that research suggests people who don’t have kids are happier than people who do? Olivia Scobie provides practical solutions for parents who find themselves pushing beyond their capacity to meet impossible standards, and challenges parents to shift their thinking from child centred to family centred.

By naming today’s unrealistic parenting expectations as impossible from the get-go, Impossible Parenting creates the space to acknowledge harmful expectations for new parents and begins a conversation that focuses on healing and doing the best one can with the resources available.


Finally a book that provides a well researched and honest perspective so parents can give themselves permission to stop raising children from a place of should, and instead from a place that equally prioritized the wellness of parent(s) and child. A wonderful, shame-free look at parenting and mental health.

Bianca Sprague, co-founder of Bebo Mia

Impossible Parenting is truly the inclusive, well-researched, informed book for how to parent in the way all parents need; with compassion, acceptance and space for the person you are inside of and outside of your role as parent.

Amanda Munday, author of Day Nine

This will prove a helpful volume to parents in the trenches.

Library Journal

Validates how difficult parenting is ... a really helpful book.


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