It is hard for me to believe it has been almost twenty years since my son was born. I am no longer dealing with the issues outlined in Dais's new book Sh!t No One Tells You About Toddlers: A Guide to Surviving the Toddler Years (release date September 8, 2015), but it doesn't mean I didn't feel their pain. It only means that I am at the stage in my life that I can look back on those days to smile and laugh. My days are no longer filled with a rambunctious toddler. Now when I look at small children and babies all I can think about are the grandchildren I hope to have one day. My son's girlfriend LOVES babies and I truly hope she is the mother of my grandchildren some day. I know she will make a wonderful mother.
Like her previous book The Sh!t No One Tells You: A Guide to Surviving Your Babies First Year (2013) Dais presents her own struggles with her toddlers as well as her MOFL (Moms on the Front Lines). This time she also brings two professionals , Katie Hurley and Gail Maire Poverman-Kave, both Licensed Clinical Social Workers.
I was laughing before I even got to the first chapter. The chapter titles, listed in the table of contents are spot on for anyone who has ever parented a toddler. Here are some of the very best chapter titles (and believe me, it was not easy narrowing down to just three).
- Walking is Hard. Bruising is considerably less difficult.
- Remember When You Judged Other Parents? Prepare to eat your words with a side of karma's a bitch.
- Pictures are Deceiving. "Smile for the camera! We are happy, dammit!"
I highly recommend this book for those who are in these "precious" years with their child, on the cusp of these years, or maybe as a means of birth control for others. Readers will fall into two categories - Rolling on the floor laughing at the stories and remembering their own experiences or crying at the joys they have in their future. Either way all will enjoy this wonderful new book by Dais and her band of Merry Mothers.
**To comply with guidelines set forth by the Federal Trade Commission, Seal Press has provided a complimentary electronic copy of The Sh!t No One Tells You About Toddlers: A Guide to Surviving the Toddler Years for review purposes. My review is in no way influenced by the author or publishing company and is solely my opinion.