How to Raise Perfectly Imperfect Kids and Be OK with It: Real Tips & Strategies for Parents of Today’s Gen Z Kids (Paperback)

How to Raise Perfectly Imperfect Kids and Be OK with It: Real Tips & Strategies for Parents of Today’s Gen Z Kids By Lisa Sugarman, Debra Fox Gansenberg (With) Cover Image

How to Raise Perfectly Imperfect Kids and Be OK with It: Real Tips & Strategies for Parents of Today’s Gen Z Kids (Paperback)


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Generation Z has a reputation of entitlement, but this attitude is often fostered by parents who mow down every obstacle in their child's path, never letting them fail. In How to Raise Perfectly Imperfect Kids and Be OK with It, humorist Lisa Sugarman takes her humanistic approach to parenting Gen Z kids and tells it like it is. Sugarman reminds parents that it's okay (and beneficial) for children to confront obstacles, it's okay if your children are not perfect, and it's okay to say "No." The goal is not to raise perfect children; the goal is to raise kind, responsible adults, and it's a process.

How to Raise Perfectly Imperfect Kids reminds the reader that mistakes and problems lead to lessons. Fixating on raising the smartest, fastest, most successful child will never result in a happy child (or a happy parent). With healthy doses of humor and reality, Lisa Sugarman reminds us that our kids were never meant to be perfect, and perfectly imperfect kids can become wonderful, well-rounded adults if we just allow them to grow.

Lisa Sugarman is a mom, a parenting author, a nationally syndicated humor columnist, and a podcast host, creating content that helps empower parents, especially moms, by giving them permission to embrace their perfect imperfectness. She’s also a survivor of suicide loss, losing her father at age ten, and a proud member and ally of the LGBTQIA+ community. Lisa writes the syndicated opinion column It Is What It Is and is the author of How To Raise Perfectly Imperfect Kids And Be Ok With It, Untying Parent Anxiety, and LIFE: It Is What It Is, available on Amazon, at Barnes & Noble, and everywhere books are sold. Sugarman is also the co-host of the podcast LIFE Unfiltered on iTunes and iHeartRadio, and a regular contributor on Healthline Parenthood, GrownAndFlown, TODAY Parents, Thrive Global,, LittleThings, and More Content Now. Lisa lives with her husband and two daughters just north of Boston. Visit her online at She digs company. 


Debra Fox Gansenberg, MSW, LICSW, is the founder and owner of New Beginnings Counseling Service PC, located around the North Shore of Boston. She has a 25-year history working in the mental health field as a skilled clinical psychotherapist and business owner specializing in individuals, couples, group, and family therapy. Debra has also been the Director of School Services for NBCS for more than 20 years, and she has customized and implemented school-based counseling services for several schools, pre-K through 12th grade. Her case load includes a wide variety of patients cultivating their communication skills, learning coping skills, problem solving, and improving the quality of their relationships, as well as travelling through self-exploration. Debra has an eclectic approach to tackling a wide variety of issues that range from depression and anxiety to self-management, self-esteem, and learning differences. Her experience includes clinical therapy, psycho education, public speaking, creating curriculum, business management/business operations, and clinical supervision. She received her counseling degree from Simmons College, School of Social Work. She lives north of Boston with her husband and three sons.

Product Details ISBN: 9781641701617
ISBN-10: 1641701617
Publisher: Familius
Publication Date: September 1st, 2019
Pages: 240
Language: English

"Lisa Sugarman is the mom friend you need in your life immediately! I’m so grateful to have Lisa’s juicy nuggets of wisdom, calm voice of positivity, and practical tools for navigating mom life in my bag of parenting tricks. She gives permission for the inevitable screw-ups in parenting and gently guides you through it. There are so many gems in this book that my highlighter got a workout! This book will stay close by, and I’ll reference it anytime my attitude needs a tune up."
- Maria Sansone, Emmy Award-Winning television host of Good Day LA, mom of two

“I read a ton of parenting books as I have a parenting coaching practice and podcast, and this book is a great one. How to Raise Perfectly Imperfect Kids (and Be OK with It) has tons of practical tips and advice combined with real-world examples and stories. I love how the chapters are presented and a licensed clinical social worker weighs in on all the practical tips as well. It is well written and entertaining to read. I had one of the authors on my podcast, and she was so knowledgeable and conversational, just like the book.”
—Dr. Kimberly Swales, host of Connecting with Dr. Kim Swales and marriage, parenting, career, and life coach

"Sugarman and Gansenberg both nail it on the important issues they place on parenting. I am familiar with Gen Z kids, and the advice these women provide is very relevant and should be studied nd applied every day to help our newest generation of children and parents to raise self-sufficient kids that will contribute to society and figure it (life) out along the way."
- Manhattan Book Review

"Lisa recognizes the power of harnessing relatable resources to help moms and dads find parenting success. How to Raise Perfectly Imperfect Kids and Be OK With It is a fresh and seriously unique perspective into modern parenting. An easy and delightful read that makes any parent feel like it's ok to be perfectly imperfect."
- Amanda Ducach, Founder CEO of SocialMama, the networking app for moms

"Lisa is like your go-to friend—the one you call for a coffee when you're worried sick about your kids, feel you've lost your way with them, or just want to laugh. She conveys the same warmth, compassion, and positivity in these pages that she does in real life."
- Mary Dell Harrington, co-founder of Grown and Flown, mom of two