Emily Writes, blogger and editor of The Spinoff Parents, has released her second book, ‘Is it Bedtime Yet?’
The new book is a collaborative effort with submissions from New Zealand parents – some bloggers, some writers, some new to print, but all with a story to tell. ‘Is it Bedtime Yet?’ brings together the village that raises our kids and shares those insights for laughs, giggles and heartfelt tears.
Written by Emily Writes and friends
Published by Penguin Random House
Buy at www.penguin.co.nz
The short story format of ‘Is It Bedtime Yet?’ means that you can pick it up for a five minute perusal during your three-times-reheated cup of coffee or you can snuggle under the duvet for a more indepth read whilst the little ones are tucked up in their beds.
What’s the book about?
This is no “here’s how you should parent” kind of book. It’s more of a “here’s why we love being parents” kind of book … with a good dose of sarcasm, truth and hilarity. There’s no judgement here, just the sharing of stories from the parenting trenches.
Whilst Emily Writes contributes to a good portion of the book with her matter-of-fact, witty and insightful dialogue about being a parent, the book also includes submissions from a host of other contributors, delivering a well-rounded view of raising kids in Aotearoa.
Reading the ‘Story of a Mum (who tried her best but needed a rest)’ by Eliza Prestidge Oldfield, is like reliving numerous days of being a mum to a toddler. It’s a tale of glitter … so much glitter!
There’s “useful” information (I feel that those quotation marks aren’t portraying the sarcasm strong enough!), like the tongue-in-cheek ‘essential list of essential essentials for your new baby’, and tips for getting your baby to sleep – or rather tips for accepting that you will never sleep again.
There’s also some heart-rending passages. Francesca Jones’ recollection of the birth of her daughter will cause you to pause and catch your breath. The dialogue from Jessie Moss shares the importance of a diagnosis, no matter how traumatic.
Midway through the book I came across ‘Parenting Confessions’ with oh-so-honest admissions of stuff that probably plenty of us have done, or at least considered, for a slightly easier parenting life. Like bribing kids to behave in public or hiding away those annoyingly noisy toys.
Above all ‘Is It Bedtime Yet?’ is a celebration of the truth about parenting, written with humour and heart.
Who should read it?
Everyone who has ever had a child, or thinking about having a child, or was a child … But seriously, ‘Is It Bedtime Yet?’ is a book that you will return to again and again for both inspiration and entertainment. You don’t have to read it cover to cover, chapter by chapter. Instead engage with the book kind of like how you should approach parenting – one moment of joy at a time between nappy changes and feeding routines.
Review by Julie Scanlon, Editor for Kidspot NZ