"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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