Momma Cusses: A Field Guide to Responsive Parenting & Trying Not To Be the Reason Your Kid Needs Therapy

St. Martin’s Essentials. Mar. 2024. 256p. ISBN 9781250882660. pap. $20. CHILD REARING
TikTok star Laithland brings her signature sense of sarcasm, snark, and humor to this book that she says is not a guide to raising perfect children but about handling situations that many parents find themselves in. Divorced and remarried, she shares ideas for co-parenting when both parties are not on the same page. Many parents will be able to relate to—and maybe feel relieved by—her admission that she too hates playing certain board games with her children. Readers will be comforted by her reminder that they are the expert, despite what others may say or think, on their own child. She uses engaging chapter titles—“Momma Needs a Time-Out,” for example—in this hilarious manual that admits repetition is part of parenting and that apologies are essential since parents sometimes react instead of respond. She doesn’t shy away from discussing generational trauma; she offers advice on how to patiently parent. There’s even a summary at the end of each chapter for readers in a hurry.
VERDICT Side-splittingly funny and relatable. A rollicking read for overwhelmed parents who can look past a few swear words to learn how to regulate themselves to be responsive, not reactive, to their children.
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