These days, I read a lot of mom-oirs – enough to feel justified making up a word to describe the sub-genre clash of parenting book meets memoir. My twins are fifteen months old. They toddle and they’re fickle, irrational, urgent, tiny, and I love them. Just like the subtitle says.
It annoys me the way our culture deemphasizes the training it takes to parent well. Perhaps it’s because within a capitalistic society jobs for which we are not monetarily compensated are placed on the lowest echelon. But parenting is a big deal and we should prepare for it.
I have enjoyed most of Anne Lamott’s work, especially the non-fiction. Imperfect Birds was not my favorite. The story centers around 17 year old, Rosie, her mother, Elizabeth and step-father, James. The entire book follows Rosie’s entanglement in drug use. I think parents who are dealing with this issue might find some help in the story, but for me, it was a slow read. It does give insight into the struggles of being a parent, the need for setting clear boundaries, and not caving to teenage demands in order to gain their approval.
Even though my kids are well into their teenage years, I really enjoyed listening to this audio book that promotes a new less-stressed parenting style that may well lead to more confident and certainly happier children. Lenore Skenazy got alot of negative press a few years back for allowing her 10 year old son to use the NY subway to travel to a friends home alone.
A must read for parents, new or experienced! This title is full of parenting insights supported by many research studies. How much sleep does your kid/teen really need to function at his best? Why telling your child that he is smart can actually be detrimental to his learning. Why talking to your child about race, not just exposing him to divirsity, is so important. The book covers from birth through the teen years, touching on developing language skills to understanding why your teen seeks out dangerous situations. This book changed my way of thinking forever.