Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Go The F*ck To Sleep. Can You Relate?

Have you seen that unauthorized .pdf yet of the "children's" book that went viral on the internet recently? Yes, it's actually called "Go The F*ck To Sleep" and the illustrations and rhyming verse are very much like your typical children's night time book except that a sample page reads like this:

"The wind whispers soft through the grass, hon. The field mice, they make not a peep. It’s been thirty-eight minutes already. Jesus Christ, what the fuck? Go to sleep."

My guess is that anyone who's tried to get a toddler to go to bed at the end of a long day can probably relate. We hopefully haven't said it directly to our kids, but I certainly have muttered the "f word" under my breath on occasion. 

This book was supposed to have a modest printing this Fall of 10,000 copies, but in the last weeks it has become such an unexpected internet sensation that the publisher is printing more than 20 times that number and pushing up the release date by 6 months.

Even the Washington Post had an article about the book a few days ago entitled 'Go the [Expletive] to Sleep,’ a parenting zeitgeist in which the author of the book, says:

“I wrote it as a reflection of my own personal reality. I wanted to write about the way that I felt and be honest about it. … I think our generation talks so much about parenting, you almost can’t get away from it. But there’s a certain lack of honesty in a lot of it.
“A lot of people’s self-image is caught up in their desire to see themselves as good parents, anything that pierces that image is very different,”
And so I wonder, is this true? Are parents feeling that there's a lack of honesty in the parenting information they receive? I get so much feedback from parents thanking me when I post something that is more raw and, I suppose, really honest. I think we all want to feel understood and when someone has a less than glowing feeling about any part of parenting they feel as if they must be the only one. So, I guess when someone writes "The flowers doze low in the meadows / And high on the mountains so steep. / My life is a failure, I’m a shitty-ass parent. / Stop fucking with me, please, and sleep" there are many of us that can relate.

What do you think? Have you seen the book? Do you think The Washington Post columnist is right and it is a sign of the times? Leave a comment and let us know your thoughts!

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The Twin Coach

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annabelblanche said...

I think it is funny. We have all had times in baby's room (two babies in our cases) and just thought "what the hell am I doing wrong and what have I done to deserve this as my evening" we all know deep down that everyone goes through the same thing but I guess it is still nice to hear it sometimes!
Jeez I remember the pressure to get good at tummy time- sleeping is a whole different ball game!

Justylou said...

Love it!

Anonymous said...

OH, I want that book! Have I ever felt like that? Only every night for the last 18 months! My 3 1/2 yr old boys are notorious for not going to sleep. And to think... they were such good sleepers as infants...

The Twin Coach said...

So glad youball thought it was as funny as I did. Anonymous, you can preorder the book on Amazon. It should be out mid June! I seriously want to give it as a gift to every new mom I meet. Lol!

somethingsweetblog said...

I think it's perfectly hilarious. Bedtime is the hardest part of the day, and my Facebook feed is filled with every mom I know lamenting about it. It's always good to know that it is a common occurence and has less to do with your parenting style! Sorry, I'm off to chase my little guy back to bed now...

Fran said...

Sounds funny and the author has apparently struck a chord with harried parents everywhere if they're already reprinting!

Perhaps the book would be a better gift for expectant moms or women just thinking of having kids? After all, forewarned is forearmed. :-)

J Belzer said...

I definitely think that there is "a lack of honesty" in the info we get. At least from what we got at the hospital when we had our twins. I guess that's why this book is so successful, it plays to that frustration.

I love the children's book parodys. There was one called Goodnight, Bush a few years ago (Goodnight Moon parody), and someone sent me a preview of the Everybody Dies parody of Everybody poops that is funny too. http://www.everybodydiesbook.com

The Twin Coach said...

LeAnne (somethingsweetblog), I agree with you - bedtime is also my most difficult time of the day. It's a fun to read someone commiserating rather than another book telling you how to do "it" better!

Fran, I think the book as a gift is exactly what it would be perfect for!

J, thank you for the book suggestions! I am definitely going to check them out!

natural sleep aids said...

It's sort of the book version of a viral video. The illustrations are gorgeous though.

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