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Publisher's Summary

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.

©2018 James Breakwell (P)2018 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

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Hysterical and somewhat accurate

This book is the funniest, most grounding thing I’ve listened to, even non-parents should give it a listen. I’m not an over achieving parent, but I am a worn out single mom, and this book has given me the permission I need to take back some of my priceless alone-time and take care of me again. My kids? They’ll be fine. They’re going to blend into the oblivion of average anyways, why wear myself down in the process of getting them there?

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Funny even if a bit over the top... Bad narration though.

This audio book would be a lot more interesting with a professional narrator (sorry author, your writing is good but your narration lacks bare minimum interpretation) ;-)

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Satire with no value to parenting. Not much comedy value either. Save your time and read something else.

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Both hilarious and useful

Read this book if you have ever thought of being a parent... or if you think parents a crazy.

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Was ok but mainly a whole lot of nothing

Good for over achieving parents who will probably ruin their kids lives by smothering them, but kind of meh for the rest of us.

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I have to give the author credit. He is good at practicing what he preaches and perfectly models the behaviors outlined in this book.

I like concept of this book in theory and it probably made a great pitch with publishers. The author goes for humor at the expense of persuasiveness and the book often achieves neither. Maybe 2 out of every 100 jokes landed with me and many of the references are completely from left field with almost no relationship to the point being made.

So why did it get 2 stars instead of 1? Because I did manage to weed through the nonsense and get the author’s overall message which I believe has some merit and I don’t regret reading it.

Nice job!


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The humor is lacking...

Hmmm, don't try, don't have expectations, be lazy and your kids will turn out just fine. Said none of my friends ever. :(

Have high expectations and your kids will rise to meet them! Not overbearing, unattainable expectations, just encourage their individual giftings! My kids far exceeded my expectations. I just wanted God-loving, happy, healthy, sober-minded, inquisitive, critical thinkers and wow, I was blessed beyond my wildest dreams.

Sorry, can't recommend this book. It's supposed to be funny, but I found it discouraging and overall, sad.

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Disappointing Audio for a Writer I Love

James Breakwell is a brilliant humorist whose pithy comments, observations, and descriptions regarding parenthood perk me up whenever I am down. During a dark time in my life, I kept coming back to a line in this book: “I can say decisively that your kid will be better off if you live than if you die.” I found this very encouraging.

Reading this book was a great experience and I downloaded it to listen to during a long car ride. Sadly, the author’s reading was a bit flat. The words are still funny, but the joie de vivre doesn’t come through in the way it is read.

This may be a director or publisher’s choice to keep the reading tone even, but I was disappointed. Hopefully his other audiobooks are different, but if not, I still purchase the book version to read.

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If you’re a stressed parent, Read/listen!

Loved this book! It actually did help. I’m a new mom and this book helped me realize that if I don’t get that monthly picture of my baby, the world will not end. Lol.

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Enjoyed listening

I chuckled out loud. Everything I’ve ever thought about parenting and the overachieving parent, he mentioned. I recommend to all.