Obviously, I would not read this book out loud to a young child. However, I think the idea--if viewed as a humorous commentary on the trials of parenting--is hilarious.
I do suspect that there will be a substantial amount of objection by people who see it as a childrens' book, and thus envision it being read to young children, exposing them to probably inappropriate language.
As a preemptive response, I'd like to suggest that the problem in that scenario is not the existence of the book, or the language contained therein--but rather the hypothetical person who would read it to a child.
I think the idea of the book is terrific, and I would buy it for my own enjoyment.
I am a future parent and i bought this. Most kids just want you to make up a story anyways. This is a great way to laugh at the reality of the situation while having a book to pretend you are reading to them.
Our eldest (3.5) is in the I-don't-want-to-sleep phase. Skipping her naps and doing the "get up for one more thing" until 10:30 p.m. Do we have to wait until October? Seems like we can use the levity and support now!
I might read this book to my kids, but like I do with many other books, I'd change some of the words. If you just substituted the words "now, please go to sleep" where appropriate, it might work as a kids book. If a cranky tone still came through, I wouldn't read it to them, but I still might enjoy it.
Some children just don't need as much sleep as others. Forcing a child to go to bed when he or she is simply not tired and not ready is going to drive you nutty and frustrate the xxxx out of the child! I vote for the run around and play until she drops , keep her busy and not in front of the tv or video game, and when she's ready to go to sleep she will. It may not be when YOU want her or him to go to bed but it's like eating. Do you really want to eat beets?
Why do you waste your energy? Do you enforce a bedtime? What I used to do, and still do at age 52, is go to bed and read. I choose fluffy, non-violent, and light stuff at bedtime or else I have weird dreams. Ever since I was a wee reader I've read every night for at least a page or two. It's a really nice transition between awake and asleep. (My roommate said his parents made him go to bed at 8pm for a ridiculous number of years. Reading is a quiet pasttime and can be quite relaxing!)
funny funny book I have a 10 year old and 3 year old and it's great...Obviously you don't read it to children...If you do and don't change words then well you need help. I got it emailed to me in a pdf form and its just great.
Yes, and we can let them put pennies in light sockets and run across the street without looking. Why don't we just let kids do whatever they want and then we will have... Oh... Wait... People already do that. That's why there are no manners or respect or discipline any more!
I wonder how many copies The Tiger Mom has ordered for her lady friends with children? (And by the way, I thought the book was really hilarious.) I don't even have kids, but I did a ton of babysitting in my day, and although I love kids, this "Go the F..." phrase has certainly crossed my mind when rolling into hour two with a fussing toddler.
My issue with this book is not that we haven't all had this thought (though this is a little harsh), it is that throwing it out there just shows how wrong it is. People need a few more filters in this world of reality shows and oversharing