I Can Fix This: And Other Lies I Told Myself While Parenting My Struggling Child

Penguin Life. May 2024. 240p. ISBN 9780593653333. $29. CHILD REARING
Kuzmic (Hold On, But Don’t Hold Still) is known for her witty, truth-filled parenting videos that aren’t afraid to tackle hot-button issues; this book is no different. Her book notes that parents are often ashamed to admit how challenging parenting actually is. She argues that traditional parenting models are based on fear, shame, and control, which can backfire, so she urges parents to make a paradigm shift. Raw and unflinching, this book starts with a portrayal of Luca, Kuzmic’s teenage son, who has been diagnosed with depression and an anxiety disorder. He punches the shower tiles in an attempt to feel something and has considered suicide. Eventually, he is legally mandated to get treatment at a psychiatric facility, which had a considerable impact on Kuzmic and her marriage. Each chapter title is based on a lie that she and other parents believe, such as everything that their child goes through is the result of bad parenting. The book’s final section is written by Luca, which gives parents a fresh perspective on the teenage years.
VERDICT Parents will find the need for tissues, several laugh-out-loud sections, and honest reflections in this highly relatable book.
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