You’ve Created a Monster

Once the kids are finally in bed, find a comfy spot to commiserate and laugh with these similarly worn-out parents

By April Vomfell

Parents, this one’s for you.

Are you having a real hard time? Do you feel exhausted by the sheer amount of effort those little monsters darlings require?

Once the kids are finally in bed, find a comfy spot to commiserate and laugh with these similarly worn-out parents.

Read this if…

… you’ve ever let your kids fall asleep in front of the TV, checked out with a beer and your laptop, or know why some animals might eat their young: “Confessions of a Scary Mommy” by Jill Smokler.

… you can imagine Darth Vader as an involved parent, giving lightsaber lessons and using the Force to raid the cookie jar: “Darth Vader and Son” by Jeffrey Brown. This comic turns “Luke, I am your father” into the equivalent of “because I said so.”

… you understand the comparison of a house full of young children to a fraternity during pledge week, with one streaker, one kid in a tree and three mysterious puddles: “This Is Ridiculous, This Is Amazing” by Jason Good.

After that, sit back and take a deep breath. If you’re up for some serious parenting suggestions, read on.

Read this if…

… you’d like to consider psychology, neuroscience and behavioral research as background for guiding your children toward lasting health, happiness and success: “The Dolphin Way” by Shimi Kang.

… you might consider dancing, ice cream and whispering as alternatives to yelling at your kids – or your spouse: the Orange Rhino Challenge, www.theorangerhino.com.

Now have a cookie or a drink, watch something fun or hit the pillow. You’ve earned it.

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