I really expected to enjoy this book. I mean, what parent hasn't experienced their child crying for ridiculous reasons? For my kids, it always seemed like they were most likely to get upset if I did exactly what they wanted. It's always nice to know you're not the only one.
The book itself is beautiful, with full page photos, and is organized into several sections. I found the content to be a bit tiresome, though. I mean, the first few were funny, but it got old fast, and I didn't like seeing pictures of all of those crying kids. Plus? A lot of the reasons the kids were crying sounded pretty valid to me! I think that I'm just past that stage. My kids still cry for irrational reasons, but at least now I can talk them down. Sometimes.
That said, I do think this book can be a lifeline for a parent in the throes of toddlerhood. There comes a point in every parent's life where all you can do is laugh or cry, and this book goes a long way toward encouraging laughter. It will also encourage parents who feel isolated and alone to know that this is something every parent and child experience.
This would make a great baby shower gift, but not for a first child--I'd say wait until the first baby is at least 12-18 months old. Don't want to scare the newbies ;)
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I received this book for free through Waterbrook Multnomah's Blogging for Books program in exchange for my honest review.