I’m a reader. I learn best by reading and absorbing information from the written word. Before our son was born, I read every book possible: Babywise. Happiest Baby on the Block. What to Expect When You’re Expecting. Countless blogs & advice columns from Pinterest.
When he was born, I felt prepared. We knew what we were doing. We’d read everything.
And of course, sometimes that all goes out the window. We had a tiny little person with ideas and thoughts and personality all his own, and we had to learn that from the ground up. No book can give you the training that life does.
Now, at just over a year-and-a-half, we’ve got a full-fledged toddler on our hands. Now there are moods and demands and tantrums. And sometimes, all you need to know is that you’re not alone.
That’s where The Shit No One Tells You About Toddlers comes in. Dawn Dais’ ‘Guide to Surviving the Toddler Years’ isn’t so much a manual as a ‘we’re all in this together’ reassurance. It’s one of the funniest books on parenting I’ve ever read, and you leave with the feeling that yes, my hilarious little madman is perfectly normal. There’s tips and advice from moms who’ve navigated these waters before, sprinkled in with advice from professionals.
As for us, we’ve managed to raise a little guy who’s a good eater who will open up the pantry and pull out the oatmeal we make for his breakfast. A good host who, when we dogsat one weekend, brought each of the dogs their bones anytime they laid down. A good helper who loves taking anything we hand him over to the trashcan. And I wish we could take more credit for this amazing little man who’s already shown us how to be gracious, sweet, and helpful… but it’s all due to his mood, his personality, and his ideas on how to run things.