Hi, I’m glad you’re here! Bounceback Parenting is your resource for connected parenting, increased emotional well-being, and fostering loving, resilient relationships with your kids.

I’m Alissa M. Zorn – creator of Bounceback Parenting, mom to 3, comic artist, trauma informed coach, and big time recovering perfectionist. I created this site to help take the shoulds, shame, and perfectionism out of modern parenting.

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What I didn’t know at the beginning of this journey is that parenting would be the ultimate training in resilience. ~Alissa Zorn

You don’t have to be perfect to be a great parent!

I always wanted to be a mom and thought that it all would come pretty easily to me. Combine that with a desperate fear of making mistakes and…well, you can imagine the shock after my first child was born.

Maybe you can relate? 

It wasn’t long after that child was born that I found myself overwhelmed by emotions, exhaustion, and uncertainty. As I continued to sacrifice my own self-care for the needs of my growing family, I waded further into a pool of guilt, shame, and negative thoughts. It took years to get out again.

My children had needs I wasn’t sure how to meet. Tantrums continued even though I was using all the strategies the parenting gurus suggested. I didn’t feel like what I was doing was “working” and fell further into the mistaken belief that feelings of confusion and exhaustion meant I was a “bad mom.” 

I realize now that nothing could be further from the truth.

Everything started to change when I opened myself up to the idea that I didn’t need to be perfect. 

I began to research, understand and practice having a growth mindset for myself and my parenting. Shifting my thinking started healing wounds I hadn’t even realized were having a huge impact on my life. Slowly I began being kinder to myself. I re-framed mistakes as being a crucial part of learning. I started to model embracing imperfection for my children. 

By putting these mindset practices into place, I discovered I could enjoy parenting more and develop stronger bonds with my kids. There’s no shame in not knowing the answer yet, and the only thing you want to avoid is closing yourself off to growth.  

It was out of this journey of self-discovery and growth that Bounceback Parenting was born! 

What You’ll Find on Bounceback Parenting

If you’re ready to hit the reset button on your parenting mindset, connect with others who will share your challenges and celebrate your wins, and gain some practical suggestions to connect more deeply with your children – you’re in the right place! 

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Bounceback Parenting® will help you see the challenges in parenting as opportunities for growth and building resilience. You’ll discover why connection, not perfection wins the day, and you’ll be relieved to find that you can be a work in progress and still be a fantastic mom or dad to your kids.

You can be a work in progress and a masterpiece at the same time.

If you’re a glorious work in progress, and a messy masterpiece when it comes to parenting, you’re in the right place. If you’re willing to be curious, keep learning and keep looking for those moments of joy and connection even if chaos abounds, then you’re a Bounceback Parent too.

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Together we’ll remind each other to notice the joy in the ordinary chaos, and find gratitude everyday. We’ll strive not to live perfectly but to live with connection, humility and the knowledge that if we stumble we can bounce back having learned something new and grown a bit more.