Rant’s in the Dark: A Book Review

by Apr 7, 2017

Emily Writes has been a breath of fresh air on the internet lately. From hilarious blog posts (don’t get me started on her review of the Tarzan movie!), to more serious articles about parenting, and now she’s written a book!

Her publishers say: “With two small boys, both non-sleepers, Emily finds herself awake in the wee small hours night after night. Her writing is often done then, and she offers her own often hilarious and always heart-warming experiences to other exhausted parents. She describes the frustrations as well as the tender moments of real parenting, as opposed to what you thought it was going to be like, or what well-meaning advice-givers tell you it should be like.”

One of our committee members has read the book, and kindy reviewed it for us! Please note, this is not a recommendation from Parents Centre to read this book!

First of the bat, a disclaimer: This book isn’t for the couple currently struggling to have their first rainbow baby or the mother worrying herself sick about giving birth for the first time. Well, it’s not the book for them, yet.
This is the book for the mother that threatened to melt all her child’s lego into a puddle this morning in a moment of frustration and snuck in to admire her precious angel sleeping a couple of hours later. This is for the father that breathed a sigh of relief when he got on the train this morning and by lunchtime was missing his babies to the point of distraction.
Emily Writes has written a clever, funny and honest account about the highs and lows of being a parent in the modern age. Her bite sized chapters show flashes of what life is really like when you are trying to nurture your little rugrat into a good person. She is blatant about not offering advice, which is part of the charm of this book. This book is much more about compassion and commiseration rather than laying out a path to follow.
This book gives parents permission to parent their bundles of joy the best way they know how. Certainly Emily Writes and I don’t see eye to eye on all parenting decisions, I’m not that happy about the idea of co-sleeping with my husband let alone the chubby checked wriggle monster that is my daughter, but we don’t need to as I respect her and the obvious love she has for her family. Rants in the Dark reaffirms what a lot of us in the trenches have known for a long time – it is possible to love your children with every fibre of your being and still find parenting hard. Rants in the Dark also has soft and poignant moments, Emily Writes brings entertainment to awkward everyday struggles and sincerity to the heartbreaking ones we all hope we don’t have to face. She has left herself vulnerable in this book which makes her relateable and her story compelling.
If you’re looking for a slice-of-life book to read while sipping a glass of wine at the end of a long day then this is the one for you. If you understand the sheer joy tinged with disappointment with your baby pulls on your leg with a big grin and a full nappy then I recommend this book to you.
Reviewed by Michalea.

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About Rachael

Rachael is a stay at home Mum to 2 lovely (tho noisy!) boys, born 17 months apart. Previously an IT consultant, she now focuses on her new love of sewing (making lovely homewares, children items and the occasional thing for herself!), attempting to be semi-self sufficient on their lifestyle block, and the occasional foray into web design and photography. Phew! A previous Pregnancy and Childbirth class attendee, her antenatal coffee group is still going strong after 4 years, meeting occasionally and celebrating a lot of the big milestones for their children.
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