This isn’t a book about overachieving at parenting. This isn’t even a book about achieving exactly the right amount. This is a book about doing as little as possible without quite ruining your child. Overachieving parents want you to believe the harder you work, the better your kid will turn out. That lie ends now. The truth is most kids end up remarkably unremarkable no matter what you do, so you might as well achieve mediocrity by the easiest possible route. The goal of “bare minimum parenting” is to turn your child into a functional adult with only a fraction of the effort spent by super moms and dads. If you do it right, your kid will be no better or worse off than their kids, but with more free time left for you. That's more valuable than all the participation trophies in the world. In Bare Minimum Parenting, amateur parenting expert James Breakwell will teach you to stop worrying and embrace your child's destiny as devastatingly average. To get there, you'll have to overcome your kid, other parents, and yourself, all of whom will push you to do more than is absolutely necessary. Honestly, by reading this far, you’re already trying too hard. But don't stop now. You're exactly the kind of person who needs this book.
Comment: I got this book at the library. The Portuguese cover is catchy and cute and there's a sentence saying the author "is the funniest father on twitter". Honestly, I had never heard the author's name before and not having twitter, it really wasn't on my radar at all. Still, I imagined this would be a comedy of examples on how to do the least amount possible and still be a parent for your child.
In fact, this is how the author presents the book. A sort of set of tactics on how to behave so that someone can still be a parent but not doing too little or too much, just the necessary. The whole book is divided into themes, from school to sports, among other things, and how parents should do the least possible so that they wouldn't have much work but also so they wouldn't influence their children in negative ways.
I can see how the author thought about this book, its structure I mean, and how to give advice in a funny way. There are countless graphics and columns with pointless information which is supposed to be a comedy, especially if the reader has children and can see the amusing factor. However, despite not being a parent myself, I still believe the goal was not quite well achieved. What does it matter how the author says something is what he says isn't relevant? I think the joke or the fun side of this would only be accomplished if the information given would still be something people could relate to. For me, though, it felt as if the author relied so much on clichés and pre conceived ideas, and the fun was not a factor at all.
Another thing I felt would be here and wasn't were personal examples. The author has four children but apparently, they are all young, under ten if I read correctly, so of course he couldn't give real examples of situations which will happen as they get older, unless he thought about other people. It was a little disappointing, since the reference to "the funniest father on twitter" made me immediately think of what kind of adventures/shenanigans he would be in with his daughters.