About “Parenting Secrets”

parenting is about having fun with your kids together even if you aren't perfect. Do your best and love it.
This family photo is a bit dated, but I like how we look when we are having fun together, which is usually true. 🙂

Hi, I am Kristin.

Being a GREAT parent is important to me BUT I am not perfect at parenting. I DO try my best everyday. This is the REAL me.

This BLOG is about WHAT I have learned while mothering my five very different kids. Want a happier family? Let me tell you some parenting secrets. BEWARE: I tell it like it is.

Duncan and I are the parents of 5 very different people, who are currently between the ages of 26 and 14. We choose to parent the best we can while taking into consideration our strengths and weaknesses and our children’s individual needs. So, naturally, we fail sometimes and have a few successes. I share both on this blog.

My website is full of the ordinary, in effort to bring some reality to the media. I am a great mom who makes mistakes, avoids cleaning, and can’t get-it-all-done, like most people I know. LIKE YOU, I am extraordinarily blessed with a great family, and opportunities to make a positive difference in this world – one day at a time.

Kay, J.D., Clark and Adam are adults while Curt is still “all mine.” Duncan is my husband and first love. WE live in the real-world together with all of its ups and downs. And that is for REAL!

Each day is a new day. So, take a breath and consider my motto.

Relax and enjoy it.

I’m not suggesting that parents should sit on the couch all day. I DO suggest, while you are trying your best to reach your parenting goals, enjoy the journey. Enjoy the funny things your kids say and the surprising ideas they have because parenting is the greatest work you will EVER do. Don’t stress TOO much and soak up the joys of parenting.

Enjoy it.

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Kristin grew up in Mesa, Arizona as the oldest of eleven children. She has a degree in elementary education from Brigham Young University. She has taught general music, musical theater, and piano to hundreds of youth for more than 30 years. Each of her own 5 children play piano, a string instrument and sing!

Kristin A. Shaeffer is an expert teacher. She exemplifies faith in all she does, especially in her parenting. She and her husband, Duncan, raised 5 kids, who are very different from each other. (The youngest is a teenager.) Each are successfully pursuing their individual academic, family, and professional goals.

Kristin has been creating online music and parenting courses since April, 2020.

Thank you for visiting Parenting Secrets: From the Life of a Real Mom!

  • CLICK HERE to learn more about fathers.
  • CLICK HERE to learn about the value of women.
  • CLICK HERE for a day to day look at my ordinary life.
  • CLICK HERE for a recent conversation between me and Jessica Jackson on a “Thriving Motherhood Podcast.”
  • CLICK HERE for one of my many articles about parenting.

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