A User's Guide to Neglectful Parenting, by Guy Delisle

A User's Guide to Neglectful Parenting is a funny and truthful book about being a parent, and as a bonus, it's told in cartoons. Guy Delisle, a French Canadian cartoonist and animator, is best known for his award-winning graphic travelogues about Jerusalem, Pyongyang, Burma, and Shenzen.

This book is closer to home -- it contains 190 pages worth of light-hearted stories about his relationship with his adorable, smart kids. To give you a taste, our friends at Drawn & Quarterly gave me one of the stories to share with you. It's about Delisle, his daughter, and a box of Shredded Wheat. Enjoy!

A User's Guide to Neglectful Parenting, by Guy Delisle


  1. Your sponsored post with the Toyota is wholly inappropriate and will damage the credibility of the rest of your posts as well as BoingBoing in general.

    Is Apple paying for Rob B’s posts? What will it take to get Corey to endorse cool skull jewelry? Or has that already happened?

  2. That looks fantastic.  I totally had this same episode with an emptying jar of the only crunchy peanut butter I like, except I yielded to honesty and suffered the distressing consequences.

    1.  At some point our kids will realize that the ice cream seems to vanish really fast, given that they only have some once in awhile.

      1. And inevitably come to the awful (and only partly erroneous) conclusion that all grown-ups are mean, even the nice ones.

        Which accusation I was assaulted with at 10pm last night, whilst trying to convince a sleepy school-goer of the benefits of a good night’s sleep.

        Benefit #1 Daddy gets to eat something

  3. The painful part he doesn’t mention is when you do give in, sacrifice some of the last of your favourite thing, then the kid spurns it and leaves half of it on the plate/in the bowl.

    1. … because the milk made it go soggy, somewhere between the second and third departure from the the table to work on jigsaw puzzles.

  4. If I turn disqus scripts off in noscript, I can see whiny comments in here that aren’t otherwise visible.  I got a good laugh out of the “Toyota sponsorship kills boingboing’s credibility” one.

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