I had forgotten about this book until yesterday at MOCCA. Karen had gotten it for herself at an earlier Book Festival, and for our co-worker Lesley when she was pregnant, and now I have gotten it for my sister who is also now knocked up. But which is ok since she is married so that is what married people do, not to say it wasn't ok for Lesley, because she was married too. None of these kids are going to hell just because of their parents doing the nasty before they said "I, Do".
But anyway, this is my sister's kid, it's still inside her right now though:
That is also the reason I bought this book. You don't even have to buy this book to enjoy it, just click on the link on the information about the book and read it online!
Some might say the book is funny, and it is. The book is also really truthful about the awfulness of babies. Babies really are assholes, and apropos to Freud, some people just don't get beyond their infantile stages and remain assholes their whole lives. That is why I think of this book not as humor, but as a science book.
The one failing of the book is that it doesn't go into the worst part of babies, the constant praise they are given for doing things that (hopefully) you and I can do with no problem. I realize that I am envious at the ease babies are lavished with praise, but seriously is it healthy to make a really big deal about that they can sit up? Or that they can stand? Or even walk? Billions of people do these things everyday without being praised and made the center of attention because of doing these things. I can't imagine that this doesn't create a weird need for being rewarded for the most petty and trivial activities later in life (or in my case a huge resentment that I don't get praised when I remember to shit in the toilet instead of my pants. If anyone cares I went number 2 in the toilet about 15 minutes ago to no fanfare).
I know that people out there will say I'm being an asshole, or that people need to to have positive reinforcement or think I'm just trying to be funny, but I'm not. Babies should realize it's a cold world out there, no one cares what you can do, it's all about manipulation, lying and taking what is yours. Doing tricks for praise is only going to turn you into an adult whose turning tricks for ten bucks at some truck stop in the middle of nowhere.