Book Blurb – Karmic Kids by Kiran Manral
Move aside Tiger Mom and forget Helicopter Parenting. Karmickids is the view from the other side of the fence – of laid-back parenting, of giving in to food jags, of making unstructured play time mandatory, and of not bursting a blood vessel when the grades are not what one might want to discuss in public. A roller coaster ride of love, laughter, and a few tears, Manral takes you through the beautiful chaos of the early years of parenthood. Written in a gently humorous style, this home-grown, hit-the-ground-running account of the madness of day-to-day parenting is peppered with anecdotes, reminiscences, a little practical advice and is a non-preachy, hilarious take on raising a spirited child while retaining one’s good spirits through it all.
Book Review – Karmic Kids by Kiran Manral
If you are looking to let off some parenting steam (the one that builds up due to the never ending fatigue and constant pressures of being a parent)from your system, Karmic Kids is THE BOOK for you.
I am a fan of Kiran Manral’s writing style for the humor that she weaves into her accounts of day to day incidents that probably occur in every household raising a young child. But each of the accounts when read through her words makes parenting sound not much of a task and even chuckle worthy.
Karmic Kids starts from the time of the birth of a child to the protagonist (who is in all her rights and glory the author herself). As she traverses through the milestones of her bundle of joy, she not only narrates such incidents in her typical sometimes humorous and sometimes satiric style; but also at the end of every chapter brings in another mothers perspective as a parenting tip at large.
The topics covered in the book, vary from feeding, timely hitting of milestones, handling toddler tantrums, adjustment, learning issues to teenage issues such as need for independence, and the significance of helping the build-up his self-esteem and confidence.
At most of the places, the author does manage to get a logically successful conclusion and seemingly can-nenver-fail parenting tips. But the fact that she has been a real mother with some real parenting issues, is reflected in stances where she talks about her failures and how she dealt with them in a constructive way. One such point in book is where the author admits that she had a horrendous time trying to get her boy to become an enthusiastic reader. She goes on to record how she came to gracefully accept this particular personality trait of her son, yet decides to never give up.
If you are looking for a parenting self-help book that is full of gyaan, but more than that it is a candid story full of chuckle worthy and at some points a loud laugh worthy moments, from a mother who has faced all those issues of parenting that there are to live through.
P.S. – I have to admit here that throughout the book (or atleast the part where the boy lives through his first six years of life) I found myself either nodding my head in agreement, shaking it in empathy or grinning widely at the absurdty of it all.
Read the latest by Kiran Manral in collaboration with Ashwin Shanghi – 13 Steps to Bloody Good Parenting
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