Don’t Sweat The Small Stuff by Richard Carlson

In 1997 a little book broke new ground and would go on to become one of the most read—and beloved–books of its decade.

DON’T SWEAT THE SMALL STUFF by Richard Carlson was # 1 on USA TODAY’s bestseller list for two years running and spent over 100 consecutive weeks on The New York Times’ bestseller list. A series of thirty books followed over the years, all bestsellers, focusing on various aspects of life and aimed at all kinds of audiences reaching over 26 million people around the world.

One book though was never written: the one for moms.

Kristine Carlson, Richard Carlson’s wife and author of some of the series’ books as well as her own bestselling An Hour to Live, An Hour To Love: The True Story of the Best Gift Ever Given is changing that this year, revitalizing one of the bestselling series of all time with DON’T SWEAT THE SMALL STUFF FOR MOMS. It has been nine years since a book in this series has been published and a lot has changed: the economy has thrown families into disarray, parenting advice has become akin to an extreme sport, and Kristine knows all too well that most moms are caught in what too often feels like competing desires to do well by their kids and find some balance in their own lives.

Carlson’s generous spirit fills this book with the kind of grace and humor that comes with hard-won experience. Steeped deeply in the same philosophy as her late husband Dr. Richard Carlson’s work, she nonetheless adds her own distinct voice and understanding about how tough it is to keep clear on what is important and how to communicate that to one’s children (or self). Her basic message for moms is that parenting is a part of a continuum in a whole life, limited in its time, and precious in what it brings in its turbulent wake: opportunities to see life in a new perspective, to be able to offer compassion and wisdom to both one’s children and oneself, and joy even amidst the chaos.

Carlson inspires as well as provides practical hands-on advice and the kind of strategic long-view that comes from having lived through it all—from new parent to a parent of grown children.

I’m proud to be a Don’t Sweat Mom and you can be one too! You’re invited to join a community of moms coming together to stress less & choose happiness more. You can also order the book here: Check out the book trailer


I was sent a book to participate in this book tour

A Big Thank You To Megan from for writing this post for me. My Father in Law passed away and she is helping me out. 


  1. Dear Kim,
    Thank you for posting this! My heart aches for your loss…much love to you and your family. <3 I understand all too well the journey ahead for you and your family.
    Kris Carlson

  2. This sounds like a great book! I am so sorry about your FIL Kim. ((hugs))

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