A funny, serious, positive and consoling collection of true stories about life with young children.
Former educator and full-time stay-at-home mom Hamilton’s debut shares an insider’s view about the joyful yet gritty job of being a parent. (She has four children under the age of 6.) “Why, when you leave the hospital, is there not a manual entitled, Some days everything that can go wrong, will?” she asks. Now there is. In this encouraging book, Hamilton admits that before she had children, she had a long list of “I’ll nevers,” such as, “I’ll never yell like that at my kids” and “I’ll never let my child wear pajamas in public.” She’s since eaten her words. In 10 chapters divided into easy-to-read segments, she shares experiences about the unexpected turns that parenting offers—many her own, some from anonymous contributors. Parenting means getting messy, as she notes in the chapter titled “My Life is Nothing But Poop, Pee and Puke”; dealing with dangerous situations, as when a 2-year old locks himself in a car in “Locked Out”; and living in a sex-deprived state (as in “Mom, What Were You And Dad Doing In The Closet?”). Hamilton shares once-mortifying, now-funny parental confessions, about a baby tumbling out of a wagon and tiny kids sneaking out of the house, to rightly show that there is really “no way around being embarrassed at least a million times during parenthood.” Parents who read this book may find themselves saying, “I did that. I thought I was the only one.” As Hamilton writes, “Everyone is the perfect parent until they actually have children. There is NOT a perfect parent, or a perfect child for that matter, in the world.”
Brief, well-written anecdotes likely to make parents laugh and cry.