Weird Parenting Wins

Bathtub Dining, Family Screams, and Other Hacks from the Parenting Trenches
Narrated by: Hillary Frank, full cast
Length: 7 hrs and 7 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (29 ratings)

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Unconventional - yet effective - parenting strategies, carefully curated by the creator of the popular podcast The Longest Shortest Time

Some of the best parenting advice that Hillary Frank ever received did not come from parenting experts, but from friends and podcast listeners who acted on a whim, often in moments of desperation. These "weird parenting wins" were born of moments when the expert advice wasn't working, and instead of freaking out, these parents had a stroke of genius. For example, there's the dad who pig-snorted in his baby's ear to get her to stop crying, and the mom who made a "flat daddy" out of cardboard and sat it at the dinner table when her kids were missing their deployed military father.

Every parent and kid is unique, and as we get to know our kids, we can figure out what makes them tick. Because this is an ongoing process, Weird Parenting Wins covers children of all ages, ranging in topics from "The Art of Getting Your Kid to Act Like a Person" (on hygiene, potty training, and manners) to "The Art of Getting Your Kid to Tell You Things" (because eventually, they're going to be tight-lipped). You may find that someone else's weird parenting win works for you, or you might be inspired to try something new the next time you're stuck in a parenting rut. Or maybe you'll just get a good laugh out of the mom who got her kid to try beets because...it might turn her poop pink.

Read by Hillary Frank, with Nicola Barber, Dan Bittner, Raphael Corkhill, Ana Isabel, Laura Knight-Keating, Barrie Kreinik, Quincy Tyler Bernstine, and Gabra Zackman 

©2019 Hillary Frank (P)2019 Penguin Audio

Critic Reviews

Weird Parenting Wins succeeds as a source of ideas and genuine laughs that people can enjoy in five-minute intervals in between, well, parenting.” (The Washington Post)

“Forget attachment parenting, helicopter parenting, free-range parenting or tiger parenting. It is time for what’s-on-my-butt parenting.” (The Wall Street Journal)

 “Frank reconsiders everything from potty training to grappling with adolescence.” (Time)  

“What makes Weird Parenting Wins so joyful to flick though is the realization that in your most desperate moments, you might just be doing something right.” (Romper

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Wonderful

Completely relatable and great for parents past, present and future.
My husband and I laughed and agreed to many of the solutions, we also thought many were smart ideas to remember for later.

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Some tricks, tips and tears

As the parent of an almost 9 month old some of this was immediately useful and some I am storing away for years and years from now. Some of it made me cry for joy at parental ingenuity and grace. Often it made me appreciate all my parents did in raising 3 boys. Good for parents to be or with children of any age (even 40).

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great laughs and great hacks

I wish I had the book so I could reference certain situations. I love all the stories!