When I’m In Favor of Burning Books

by doodaddy on September 11, 2007

I have a love-hate relationship with parenting books. I love my Karp, but as I wrote in that review, most parenting books are “too darn long, stuffed with sidebars and anecdotes, and take forever to get around to the point.”

So I posted today over at GNM Parents about how best to use parenting books. Here’s the story I start out with:

…After months of trying, our friends finally got pregnant and so they set up a nursery, bought a layette, and started to read lots and lots of parenting books. Too many parenting books, it turns out.

Dad-to-be came home after work one evening and found his wife curled up on the sofa, sobbing because she’d been reading the “problem pages” of a popular parenting book. You know this section, right? It’s where an author details every possible complication and genetic anomaly, and not just those that affect infancy, but a child’s entire life.

After consoling his wife, our expectant father friend took every last parenting book, piled them in the outdoor fire ring, and burned them to a crisp.

Honestly, I don’t think that burning the parenting books was such a bad idea in their case, but there are other ways to make use of ’em, too. (Shoring up sagging table legs comes to mind.)

Check out my full post over at GNM Parents and let me know what you think!

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{ 4 comments… read them below or add one }

Deb September 11, 2007 at 5:42 pm

Yeah I know you can certainly freak yourself out for no reason! I saw buy 1 book!


Ann Marie September 12, 2007 at 5:12 am

why do I think it is soooo weird??? well I will tell you.. cause I am reading Fahrenheit 451 right now. I think you are channeling me somehow. I was thinking yesterday when is it ok to burn books.. i came up with never but you proved me wrong.

To be honest I took the parenting books more as guidelines.. not rules. I don’t do well with rules. When I would read something I felt was completely stupid.. like do not leave a 6 month old baby in the tub alone.. I would just use it as a guideline and read.. do not think a 6 month old has proper hygeine technics and the little bugger may need help washing his arm pits.

Ok I am being silly again.. but on a serious note I did everything NOT to read those things.. they make even Mother Theresa look like a bad mother. 🙂


Manda September 13, 2007 at 10:49 am

I remember reading what to expect when you’re expecting and to be quite honest, the book in itself scared the bejesus our of me. But unaware of what was to come I moved on to What to Expect- the toddler version. Halfway through the book I climbed under my kitchen table and started shaking uncontrollably. These little humans were out to get us! (O.K Not reallY!)
But I don’t read parenting books because everyone has their own style and beliefs. It’s a life long lesson that just doesn’t ever end. Who could possiably write a ‘Make sense’ parenting book when every child is different?


Xbox4NappyRash September 13, 2007 at 12:15 pm

I have always watched documentaries about people and illnesses and general sob-themed life stories, but since we’ve started planning a family, I cannot face them, and anything I have read or watched has been with my stomach in my throat.

Natural reaction I guess.


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