Readings on ambivalent parenting


7 Responses to “Readings on ambivalent parenting”

  1. mofembot says:

    One of the very best books is Anne Lamott’s Operating Instructions: A Journal of My Son’s First Year. She describes a “yellow poop volcano” similar to what Jeff Vogel experienced. Her book is hilarious, thoughtful, wonderful.

  2. Anonymous says:

    What, no comments? Where are all the concern trolls?

    Enjoyed the Donald Barthelme link, thanks Carrie!

  3. Jeroenemans says: also gives some great parenting tips… like when your oldest son drew a face on your youngest buttock

  4. Patrick Austin says:

    Teach your cat to eat paper. Ours does it naturally, and our 2 year old has figured out that his door should always be securely closed so “KITTY DON’T EET BOOKS!” Having a kid who likes being in his room with the door closed is a godsend sometimes.

  5. Anonymous says:

    Though I happen to be 1) childless and 2) male, I really enjoyed “A Life’s Work: On Becoming a Mother” by Rachel Cusk. Very funny and ambivalent take on a subject that’s too often bowdlerized.

  6. Teacher Teacher says:

    Since we are going for comedy, my vote for an influential parenting book is
    “What I Want to Be When They Grow Up: The First Collection of Committed” by Michael Fry.
    These images will stick with you and you will laugh yourself silly.

  7. Daemon says:

    Won’t somebody please stop thinking about the children?

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