Published some time ago now, author Susan Jeffers’ messages are still so relevant! There is, she says, a kind of conspiracy of silence surrounding just how difficult, and at times downright unrewarding, the job of being a parent really is. A mother herself, Jeffers is not anti-kid or anti-parenting, but insists that a set of myths about parenting leaves modern parents perpetually plagued by doubt and guilt as to whether they are a ‘good’ or ‘bad’ parent.
About half of I’m OK You’re a Brat! helps parent readers find shades of gray between those extremes and make peace with being good, but imperfect parents. The other half is extremely helpful to those who are in the midst of deciding whether to become parents to get real about the parenthood choice. She lays out a number of questions that if you answer yes to, you will likely enjoy the process of parenting.
I have loved this book for years; Jeffers gives us a timeless resource for truthful perspective on parenting, and coming to terms that maybe parenthood is not for us. This is an excellent addition to parenthood book collections and books on the childfree life.