I’d meant to write about this when I read the book last year, but never got around to it. (Uhh… Besides, I wasn’t blogging then.) Confessions of a Slacker Mom by Muffy Mead-Ferro really is a terrific read for just about any parent. What makes it such a great read is that, despite its title, it’s not a snarky, sarcastic commentary on the sad state of parenting these days. Rather it’s a calmly written short book full of stories on what used to be common sense parenting.
It’s something Dr. John Rosemond might have before he went mental and turned into a mean, scathing columnist. (Chill, Dude!)
A review on Amazon.com sums the book up pretty well. Paraphrasing now: Don’t waste so much time and money on useless crap, don’t spoil your kids, have a life of your own, and listen to your instincts.
There’s another point not listed by that reviewer: Don’t overprotect your kids. It’s good for them to figure out the world has sharp edges. Cuts, bruises, and the occasional broken bone, while heart-breaking, aren’t fatal. My buddy Josh and I were talking last night on some childhood incidents. One tale involved a bike jump off a levee of the Sacramento river and ended up with that kid getting a nasty concussion. That kid went on to accomplish a thing or or two. Another story included a broken tree branch, a long concrete screw, and a trip to the emergency room for stiches 1/2” away from the eyeball. The recipient of those stiches has since moved on to pretty good things as well, so I’d say a few knocks don’t have horrible, awful long-term effects.
In any case, the book’s really a good read for current and future parents. Chill folks, you don’t need that baby wipe warmer.