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Hillary Frank

Bathtub Dining, Family Screams, and Other Hacks from the Parenting Trenches

3.6 (66 ratings)
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Weird Parenting Wins by Hillary Frank is a humorous and practical parenting guide that encourages unique solutions to common problems. It offers creative solutions to everyday challenges, making parenting a little less stressful and a lot more fun.

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    It takes imagination to stop kids whining; stopping babies crying takes effort.

    There are some experiences that every parent knows. One of the most common is dealing with a child that won’t stop whining. The author knew she would be faced with a bad case of the grumbles when she arrived at a ski resort with her six-year-old daughter Sasha. The outdoor queue for rental skis stretched back for an eternity. It would take them hours to get to the front.

    In the freezing cold, it didn’t take Sasha long to start whining. Nor was there a chance that she was going to stop soon.

    Now, when you’re a parent, it takes imagination to stop kids moaning. You can’t just tell them to cheer up. That method certainly wasn’t working with Sasha.

    Consequently, the author tried to come up with some ideas that would at least make Sasha’s crying a little more entertaining for them both.

    She suggested that if Sasha was so set on whining, then she would have to do so as if she were singing the blues. The author took the lead with the tune and sang about being bored in line and wanting to get to the skis before anyone else.

    At first, Sasha was dubious. The whimpering continued. But then the author struck lucky. Quite by chance, she improvised a line about freezing her butt off. Now "butt" was a trigger for Sasha. It was one of her favorite words. After the giggling subsided, she tried singing too, incorporating the word butt as often as she could.

    Before long, both were in fits of laughter, and the author still remembers it as a great parenting story. It was all about being imaginative in the moment. There’s no rule book for parenting. Sometimes you just stumble upon the solution by being weird and creative and testing things out as you go.

    But if creativity is needed to settle young children, then it requires even more effort where babies are involved.

    Sarah, a mom from River Forest, Illinois, and her husband, told the author a classical parenting tale about what it took to hush their baby. The initial thrill of having a newborn soon gave way to absolute exhaustion. Their child just would not stop screaming.

    Then, in his sleep-deprived delirium, the father tried one last desperate measure. He picked up an electric toothbrush, switched it on, and began waggling it above the baby’s head. Amazingly, the baby hushed and was lulled to sleep.

    From that night on, the parents placed the electric toothbrush, still on, in the cot. And every night it did the job.

    There’s a moral to this. Don’t give up! You never know what’s going to end up working.

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    What is Weird Parenting Wins about?

    Weird Parenting Wins (2019) shows you how not to lose it while bringing up your kids – all you need is a little craziness. That means being creative and playful. Children approach life ready to deploy their imagination at every turn, and this book in blinks shows how you can be just as imaginative. You’ll find ways to make life easier for the whole family and even have fun in the process.

    Weird Parenting Wins Review

    Weird Parenting Wins (2019) is an insightful book that offers unconventional but effective parenting strategies. It is definitely worth reading because:

    • It presents a collection of unique and out-of-the-box parenting techniques that have been tried and proven by real parents, providing a refreshing perspective on raising children.
    • The book offers practical solutions for everyday parenting challenges, giving readers valuable tools to navigate the ups and downs of parenthood.
    • With its humorous and relatable anecdotes, the book keeps readers engaged and entertained, making it an enjoyable read for parents at all stages of their journey.

    Best quote from Weird Parenting Wins

    What I really needed was the prop-your-infant-up-as-if-sitting-in-a-chair hold.

    —Hillary Frank
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    Who should read Weird Parenting Wins?

    • Overwhelmed parents
    • Anyone who is planning a family and wants to be prepared
    • Caregivers and guardians

    About the Author

    Hillary Frank is a media professional whose career took off when she was working for the podcast This American Life. She followed up by creating her own award-winning parenting and family podcast, The Longest Shortest Time. Hillary Frank also writes novels for teenagers and young adults, including Better Than Running at Night (2002) and I Can’t Tell You (2004).

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    The main message of Weird Parenting Wins is that unconventional parenting strategies can be effective and fun.

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    Weird Parenting Wins is worth reading for its creative and practical parenting tips that challenge traditional norms.

    Who is the author of Weird Parenting Wins?

    The author of Weird Parenting Wins is Hillary Frank.

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