A User’s Guide to Neglectful Parenting

A User’s Guide to Neglectful Parenting by Guy Delisle (translated by Helge Dascher) showed the author’s lighter side of being a father to two young children. The cover illustration was by far my favourite, and it reminded me of Stop Looking at Your Phone: A Helpful Guide. Delisle in this case was not as neglectful as the title might suggest. The book featured a series of episodes where in each he somehow fails his children, but I wouldn’t call all of them neglectful. I especially liked the first story, where, after his son loses a tooth, he forgot to leave money under his pillow two nights in a row. He hightails it after promising his daughter that he would watch her during her swimming lessons, but he returns in the end to wave at her and give inspiration. The illustrations of his children–standing silent, frame after frame as they watch their father act like a negligent idiot–are priceless.

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