Book Review: Sleeping Through the Night… and other lies

Hello Friends! So once upon a time, I used to really enjoy this activity called reading. Now for those of you who may be unfamiliar with this term, reading is an activity where you sit fairly quietly with a thing called a book (or newspaper, or magazine) and you obtain information, entertainment, or both from the words inside of it. Recently, as things have settled down for short periods of time I’ve found myself able to engage in this activity again, at least in small doses. So it is my hope to begin sharing some of the books I enjoy with you again.

Today the book I have to share is called Sleeping Through the Night… and other lies by Sandi Kahn Shelton. The book was published in 1999 through St. Martin’s Press, and I found it while wandering the parenting section at the library.

Let me start by saying that I found myself in a position where I knew I would be spending a lot of time (several hours) waiting, in a high stress situation where I would be interrupted several times and unable to focus. But you already know I’m a parent, so moving on…

But no, really, this book was selected for the specific reason that it was on a topic I enjoy, looked entertaining, and was light enough that I would be able to start and stop reading multiple times without too much frustration. To me that makes it a pretty much perfect book for any parent wanting to dip their toe back into the reading game. I was hoping for a book that would keep me entertained enough to take my mind off the situation at hand without too much work on my part, and Shelton delivered big. The book was easy to read, the author’s conversational tone is excellent, and makes you feel like you’re hanging out with your bff and a nice large bottle of wine.

In the book, as the title suggests Shelton tackles all the lies, misinformation, and “things they never tell you” about being a parent. She also handles some classic playground olympic events such as: one upmanship, silent judging, not silent judging, and unsolicited advice. The biggest (and only slightly awkward in public) surprise was that several times she was literally laugh out loud funny. There were a number of times that it was like Shelton crawled inside my head and spewed out my private thoughts on baby and child rearing in a way that made even the most disastrous situation funny (in hindsight at least!)

I will put in an aside that her stance on breastfeeding is a pretty clear assumption that everybody’s doing it. She doesn’t tackle this from a judgey, preachy point of view, however it is mentioned quite frequently and so if this is a sore spot for you right now, it may be wise to wait until you’re able to look past that. As a breastfeeding mom myself, I appreciated her viewpoint, and her straightforward talk about the conveniences and hazards, while equally appreciating that she didn’t over-hype it to the point of the holy grail of baby feeding.

All in all, I give the book a 10/10. I thoroughly enjoyed my time reading it, and will be looking for her other book You Might as Well Laugh soon.


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