In “So What: A Single Mom’s* Guide to Staying Sane in the 21st Century (*Not just for single moms)”, author Laynee Gilbert provides a narrative of her journey of surviving the stress of raising a child as a single parent. She confronts the “perfect parent syndrome” and enforces the need to lighten up and forgive one’s imperfections in order to foster the essential bond between parent and child.
The “So What” approach empowers parents to respond to their children authentically by first identifying their own “buttons and hooks” that can magnify challenging situations. Through this self-reflection, parents are released to do what they feel is right in the present moment and not let guilt or perceived judgments from others bring them down or add to an already stressful situation. “So What” helps parents discover and embrace their own style, not just as parents but as multi-faceted individuals.