Your Turn!

Dear Mama Readers,

We’re turning the tables on you this week and asking for YOUR thoughts. It’s true, we love to answer your questions and hear about what’s got you stumped. But we would also love to hear your opinions on some of the stuff that’s going on out there, so we thought we would put a question to you.

We hope to get a healthy dialogue going, so please jump in and let us (and everyone else) know what you think and why. Here’s the question:

There’s a new parent/child book on the market called Go the F**k to Sleep, by Adam Mansbach.





Have you heard about it? It’s a tongue-in-cheek bedtime story for parents about the age old trials and tribulations of getting that kid to bed and to sleep.

We’ve all been there – exhausted, out of patience and at the end of our ropes when bedtime has come and gone and our kid is still asking for “one more hug; a glass of water; his door opened a little more, etc., etc., etc. Mansbach took his frustration and penned this little book which is a runaway hit, even though it hasn’t even been published yet.

With prose like:

“The cubs and the lions are snoring,
Wrapped in a big snuggly heap.
How come you can do all this other great sh*t
But you can’t lie the f**k down and sleep?”

it’s easy to see the humor and appeal to parents everywhere but does it cross a line? Do you worry about all the little kids who will see it and wonder whether their parents hate them and see them as a nuisance and pain in the keester? Or is it just a good way to let off steam and get a well-deserved laugh or two?

We really want to know what you think!! To read more take a look at the CNN article and then please give us a piece of your mind: Pro or con? Inquiring minds want to know!


The Mamas

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Ellen W. Schrier, LCSW, is a family therapist and the mother of three adolescent/young adult kids.

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3 responses to “Your Turn!”

  1. Paige

    I have seen a few mommy bloggers talk about this book recently and I laugh every time I see it! Being a parent is hard and being a stay at home mommy to an almost 3 year old and a 9 month old can get tiring. Don’t get me wrong, it’s a blessing that I am home with my kids but sometimes I just need a laugh! Books like this help me see the humor in being a parent and lets me know that I am not alone. I would obviously never read this book to my kids but I don’t see any harm in the book for adults. Sometimes you just need to laugh at those frustrating situations.

  2. Nancy

    This book made me laugh so hard the first time I read it that tears just streamed down my face. The first time. After that, the joke was over and I found it cute, but not much more than that.

    Would it be unhealthy for my son to see this book? Not at all, if I were to take the time to cuddle up with him and explain the joke. We all lose our tempers with our kids. We all respond to the wrong things with them from time to time. We are not as consistent as we should be with either punishment or reward. All of these things are worse for our kids than this book could ever be.

  3. Hazel M. Wheeler

    When I first had this book sent to me online, I laughed hard. My husband laughed hard. And then, it was deleted, because it’s totally inappropriate for my son to see. He’s at an age when ‘explaining the joke’ is neither helpful nor necessary.

    I also cringe a little, too. There are a lot of adults without the usual boundaries and filters who might think this is in some way ‘okay’ to read to their child because it’s presented as a ‘children’s book’. We all know a parent or two who thinks adult humor is “fine” for kids because “it’s harmless”. While reading the book as an adult, we have context for the emotion behind it. With all the F-bombs and swearing, there is a lot of repressed hostility directed at the child in the story. For a child to hear it, page after page, might feel like a lot. Younger kids don’t have the perspective of the frustrated adult, so it would likely be very confusing, even if we do try to clean it up. Thus, I would never buy this book for anyone.

    I wouldn’t mind seeing a well-made, well-illustrated graphic novel about parenting challenges, because that would be more appealing (to me, anyway) and the format offers broad opportunities for exploring the topic. This has the potential to be done well, in a very thoughtful and witty way, instead of relying solely on profanity for the humor.

    That said, I scratch my head at the idea of Fox buying the movie rights. Who wants to go see a feature film full of the nightly frustration many parents face, for free?

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