Published: October 5th 2017 by Seven Dials
Stand-up comedian Sam Avery (aka the Learner Parent) started his award-winning blog when his twin boys were born. A million nappies, Peppa Pig episodes and a lot less sleep later, he shares all the lows, highs and hilarious in-betweens of his experiences of first-time parenthood in this, his highly anticipated first book.
Sam’s honest, messy and laugh-out-loud account of trying for a baby (which transpired to be babIES) and figuring out what to do with them once they arrived – right up to the toddler years of talking, walking and tantrum-ing – will have you crying with laughter between your own nappy changes and nursery runs.
I received an e-arc copy from Orion Publishing for an honest review, thank you!
Confessions of a Learner Parent is an autobiography of author’s own experience with being a dad. I found the book light and interesting, I believe the author has managed to expose the experience from being non-parent to being a parent – the complete life change and when you are first time parent to two in one go as true to the fact as life is then from his perspective. As a non-parent yet myself, I was glad the way it was told, it was a fast read, a humor here and there from author’s perspective.
Maybe I disagreed at some points about childcare/ lifestyle model, but that definitely wasn’t anything that would stand in a way of parenting or my judgement about the whole book.
The Confessions of a Learner Parent tells you a journey and let’s you understand there’s no right or wrong way – each of us has our own ways of understanding and having family models we want to live according to. The reader also learns to smile for ordinary situations if we look at each from side perspective, but most of all – as a new parent one goes through a journey that time flies. As a new parent you learn to completely go zero of “your time”, but the moments when your baby smiles is precious, it also tells the audience – don’t be fools and don’t go for babies if your relationship is rocking, baby won’t save it!