Now that I’m in the trenches of parenthood, I might not have time to read books like I used to (or at all) but I still fondly think of my favorite books. Sometimes a book quote pops into my head that fits perfectly with a frustrating parenting moment. So in honor of National Reading Month, I thought I’d share some classic book quotes that nail parenthood. (Clearly some of these authors were parents of toddlers.)
The line “What fresh hell is this?” from my favorite book Jane Eyre regularly comes to my mind — every time I change a shitty diaper and every time my child vomits in the car. It’s basically another way of saying WTF, which I think all parents can agree is the most frequent thought in our heads.
Yeah, I might not read books anymore but I do read quite a LOT. Because after having a kid I realized that I know nothing and that everything must be Googled. Now I learn something new every day thanks to WebMD and Google.
Being a parent is really awesome and really shitty. Charles Dickens gets it.
If you’re a mom, most likely you’d rather take coffee than just about anything.
Another day, another butt to wipe. When I think about what I accomplished at the end of the day, a lot of times it feels like nothing. But I sure was busy getting nothing done!
This is how I respond to my children in my head every time they ask for a snack or tell me they don’t want to go to bed.
Becoming a parent is basically like falling down the rabbit hole and arriving in crazy town.
Aaahh YES. Forget about the red letter A. Hester probably felt this way after having a couple hours without Pearl.
And they whine 24/7. Lord help us.