My Mom Is Trying to Ruin My Life

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Dawn Friedman, Common Sense Media
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Kids will relate to tale of "embarrassing" parents.

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While the narrator doesn't appreciate her parents' meddling, her rebellions stays firmly in the fantasy world.

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What parents need to know

Parents need to know that this book doesn't make demons of parents or kids but stays silly and loving all the way through.

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What's the story?

The narrator of this simple book is pretty tired of all the parenting she's getting. She's had it up to here with her solicitous mother and loving father and she's imagining how to get them off her back, with surprising results.

Is it any good?

This is a cute book, but not much more than that. Most kids will empathize with some aspect of the narrator's plight but others might think she's overreacting. Still, even if kids don't quite get her over-the-top objection to getting mom-kisses in front of friends, they'll surely know what it's like to be denied their junk food of choice. Definitely good for a giggle.

The illustrations are simple but sweet, and grown-ups might catch themselves feeling somehow nostalgic since Mom is dressed more like Donna Reed than any moms wandering supermarket aisles these days.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about their own house rules and whether or not kids feel like they're fair. Are the narrator's parents really trying to ruin her life? What's actually going on when they insist on early bedtimes and show up at school with an extra pair of shorts?

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