Toddler: Real-life Stories of Those Fickle, Irrational, Urgent, Tiny People We Love

Jennifer Margulis
Star Rating
Reviewer's Rating
Oct 3, 2013

These days, I read a lot of mom-oirs – enough to feel justified making up a word to describe the sub-genre clash of parenting book meets memoir.  My twins are fifteen months old.  They toddle and they’re fickle, irrational, urgent, tiny, and I love them.  Just like the subtitle says.

I enjoyed a lot about this book.  More daddies wrote for this compilation than I’ve yet seen.  This is representative of modern parenting: my own husband is a stay-at-home daddy while I work as a librarian.  The stories in this collection are short, so I was able to read several in a sitting or read something completely and fast.  They are strikingly literary, well written and meaningful and never overdone.  Linguists and professors were a few of the parents who wrote stories for this collection.  They waxed thoughtful on their toddlers’ language, cultural and anthropological development between potty training and boo boos.  I learned things about their disciplines while relating to their experiences with their children.  The contributing parents were intelligent and prescient and loving and imperfect – some of my favorite aspects of a good mom-oir.

 Recommended for: people who love toddlers; aspiring mom-oirists and parents who are writers; parents who want to read a book and relate to other loving, funny, smart and imperfect parents.

Reviewed by Julie T.
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