Ok I really wanted to love this book. I really wanted to like this book. I LOVE Stefanie’s Nick show Parental Discretion, and was excited to read one of her books. While I was hoping to have the same type of laugh out loud humor, there was something missing when it was put into writing. The book was missing something and it was just not there for me.
From the back of the book:
“From the popular mommy blogger and seasoned author of Sippy Cups Are Not for Chardonnay andNaptime Is the New Happy Hour comes this hilarious book of honest, no-holds-barred musings on motherhood.
Stefanie Wilder-Taylor is officially fed up with the endless mommy fads, trends, studies, findings, and facts about how to raise children. Tiger Mom or Cool Mom? Organic or vegan? “TV is the devil” or “TV is a godsend”?
The mother of three young girls, Stefanie has finally decided to hell with Google—she’s going to find out how to be a mom all on her own. In this latest mommy book from the popular blogger, author, and TV personality, Stefanie will share her secrets for achieving a balance in motherhood between being protective and caring, and downright bats**t crazy. She’ll debunk some of the looniest parenting myths and reinforce others; she’ll describe how, through as simple a process as good old trial-and-error, she’s learned to pick and choose what works for her and her family, and tune out the rest.
Filled with sage advice, laugh-out-loud stories, and Stefanie’s signature wit, Gummi Bears Should Not Be Organic is sure to appeal to any and every renegade mom who’s forged her own path to childrearing.”
It covers a very large range of topics, which is great. It sheds a lot of light on a lot of topics. There are moments where it is completely relatable, and where you smile and think, “Oh yea. I have been there and done that.” But then it takes a turn to the dark side.
I like parenting books that encompass a right there with you feel, then give you some advice on how to make it better. This particular book, has a the hell with it feel. So it talks about how moms dress, and that she likes her yoga pants (and lets be honest who doesn’t), but instead of then talking about how you could dress them up a bit and make yourself feel a bit more put together, all while staying comfy. It takes the hell with it feel, and encourages all moms to look dumpy in their yoga pants and forget about doing any hair or makeup with them.
Now don’t misunderstand me here, I am all for those days when you are just needing to not worry about anything other then a ponytail for your hair, and forget about doing any makeup. But I don’t want to read a book telling me that not only is that ok (which it totally is), but that, that particular look is what all moms should strive for.
When you are reading fun fluffy mom books, what do you want in them? Do you like having the right there with you feel? Do you want practical advice on making the situation better? Are you striving for verification that it is ok to be your own type of parent? Let me know, I am so curious to see if I am just odd wanting a different spin on these books.