Gummi Bears Should Not Be Organic: And Other Opinions I Can't Back Up With Facts by Stefanie Wilder-Taylor
Rating: 3.5 Stars
Description: Really the title says it all here! This is Stefanie Wilder-Taylor's take on all the trends, studies and opinions that surround parenting today.
Why I Picked This Book: I've really enjoyed her previous books and the title made me giggle.
My Impression: Having teenagers and a preschooler there's not many sections of parenting that I haven't been involved in. Well except maybe dance because as a family we're not particularly graceful but I had friends in dance so I heard their stories. We did our share plus more of sports and other organized activities and I've spent plenty of time on PTA boards, as chair of something or other for various schools and sitting in parks listening to mothers like the ones Stefanie rants about. Needless to say I could relate to a lot of these stories! She explains the struggle to find a balance between protecting your kids and letting them make their own mistakes and learn how to do things on their own very well and with a good dash of humor. There are also some pretty funny chapters on yoga pants, "gifted" kids, parks and other places she hates, and making friends. While she's definitely on the snarky side I do love that it feels like she genuinely loves her kids and enjoys spending time with them. I always get a little squeamish when humor comes across as mean - especially involving children.
There are a few flaws. At times it the writing feels a little forced and there's a feeling of repetitiveness throughout some of the chapters. Since this is such a quick read that didn't keep me from enjoying this book especially since that's a fairly common issue I have with most humor books.
Would I Read More of this Series/Author?: While this wasn't my favorite book of hers I did enjoy it and I really liked her previous books so I'll definitely be on the lookout for more of hers. Plus I already have her previous book, I'm Kind of a Big Deal, sitting on my shelf.
Would I Recommend this Book?: I'd definitely recommend this author especially to parents of younger kids though I'd probably recommend Sippy Cups are Not for Chardonnay or It's Not Me, It's You over this one.
Challenges Met? Alphabet Soup (G)