Book Review: We’re Parenting a Toddler! by Adrian Kulp

The essential guide to parenting toddlers—strategies, humor, and support for new parents

Toddlers don’t come with a manual, but here’s the next best thing. We’re Parenting a Toddler! is a comprehensive guide to parenting toddlers, with tons of practical strategies and sympathy for first-time parents.

Get sound advice and funny stories from a four-time parent who’s been in the toddler trenches, covering key situations from eating, sleeping, and tantrums, to potty training, communication, and so much more.

This book about parenting toddlers includes:

  • Toddler psychology—Better understand your little one’s behavior with explanations from their perspective and developmental standpoint.
  • Taking time out—Explore valuable tips for calmly and effectively parenting toddlers, including how to regulate your own emotions.
  • Age-specific insights—Discover tips and insights for 1-2 year-olds as well as 2-3 year-olds for each issue, helping you confront challenges like discipline and respecting boundaries as your toddler grows.

Parenting toddlers isn’t for the weak, but you can get through the tantrums and tough times with this helpful guide.

My Review

I chose to read this book after receiving a free copy from the publisher. All opinions in this review are my own and completely unbiased.

I wish I’d had this book when I was a first-time parent. Luckily, I had the help of my mom and her mom and they gave me good advice. Now that I’m a first-time grandparent, I’m going to recommend this book on to my son in hopes that he’ll take the time to read it.

We’re Parenting a Toddler! has everything you can think of with a little humor added with the author’s personal stories. It’s based on the author’s experiences and not any scientific data, so that needs to be kept in the back of your mind. If it doesn’t work for you, that’s okay. Every child is unique.

The book is divided into three sections, the first of which is about communication, discipline, structure and boundaries, and consistency. All of these are important and if you read this before a baby becomes a toddler and decide how you want to deal with your toddler, more power to you!

The second section is all about the daily routine and the third section is about things that aren’t routine, such as going on a trip with a toddler. I like the tips and insights in these sections as well as regulating your own emotions and moods. Especially helpful are the parts that explain what’s inside your toddler’s mind.

Overall, We’re Parenting a Toddler! is a good resource for parents of toddlers to keep on hand. It says it’s for first-time parents, but it’s a good reminder for parents who have a second or third child, too.

About the Author

Adrian Kulp is the founder of ‘Dad or Alive: Confessions of an Unexpected Stay-at-home Dad’, a parenting/lifestyle blog that offers humorous outtakes from the fatherhood perspective and serves as a resource for parents with younger children.

He’s currently the Senior Executive Producer of ‘The Ty Bentli Show’, a morning radio show that is syndicated in over 48 U.S. markets, as well another 22 in the UK. He’s the author of three books, including ‘We’re Pregnant! The First-Time Dad’s Pregnancy Handbook’ which, since it’s release in April of 2018 has been an Amazon best-seller in multiple categories including Fatherhood, OB/GYN and Devotionals.

Kulp is also a former comic booker for CBS, as well as VP of TV development for Adam Sandler’s Happy Madison and Chelsea Handler’s Borderline Amazing Productions.

He contributes to Parents Magazine, the Parents section of The Huffington Post, Kids in the House and also works on branded content and with the creative team for the largest online fatherhood community, ‘Life of Dad’ which boasts over 3 million followers.

Kulp recently penned the sequel to his best-seller, “We’re Parents! The New Dad’s Guide to Baby’s First Year” which debuts on August 6, 2019 and is the go-to guide for the new father!

He currently resides in Nashville with his wife, four kids and a handful of pets.