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.

Book Review: Mayo Clinic Guide to Your Baby's First Years by Walter J. Cook and Kelsey M. Klaas

A complete guide with practical information and support for parents of children from newborn to three years old, by childcare experts at the renowned Mayo Clinic. Written by doctors who are also parents.

Updated and Revised 2nd edition.

Mayo Clinic Guide to Your Baby’s First Years is a trusted and essential resource for new and experienced parents alike. In this fully reviewed and updated second edition, you’ll find practical guidance on caring for the new little one in your family, from birth to age 3. Inside you’ll find evidence-based advice on giving your baby the best nutrition and introducing your toddler to solids, tips for forming healthy sleep habits, strategies for dealing with fussiness and tantrums, advice on establishing a secure bond with your child, monthly updates on your child’s growth and development, and much more.

My Review

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

Mayo Clinic Guide to Your Baby’s First Years is an extensive guide for parents of children from newborn to 3 years old. It’s an excellent book for first time parents as well as experienced parents. If you have a question about your baby, or if you just want to see what milestones he or she should be reaching at each age, it’s a great resource.

I’m planning on getting another copy of this for our son who is a first time parent. They often have questions, and I don’t mind answering them, but I’m sure having the information on hand will be comforting.

Mayo Clinic Guide to Your Baby’s First Years is definitely a resource parents should have on hand.

Book Review: Potty Training Simplified by Lisa Campbell

Parenting is stressful. Just when you’ve figured out feeding, you have to learn how to deal with colic. When your little one has outgrown that colicky phase, there’s teething. And then your precious baby is suddenly mobile and you frantically run around wondering if there’s anything you’ve forgotten to babyproof.

And someday the topic of potty training comes up. There’s always a relative or a friend who’ll say, “Oh, your little one still runs around in diapers? My grandma’s cousin’s friend was diaper-free at 18 months and could do algebra at the age of three!”

Your stress level skyrockets. Is your child developing normally? When do you start potty training? How exactly do you do it? Also, why is everyone giving contradictory advice?

The truth is that only 25% of children are diaper-free when they’re two, but 98% master potty training by the age of three. So potty training is definitely doable. Just follow a professionally written, science-based guide such as this one, and you’ll be surprised by your child’s progress!

With this book, you will:

Know for sure when your child is ready for potty training!

Gain an overview of proven potty training methods and get to know the best one – Potty Training Simplified!

Help your child feel safe and comfortable during potty training

Learn how to deal with nighttime accidents (spoiler: they’re normal even when your little one is already dry during the day)

Expertly support your child’s development while letting them do things at their own pace!

In short, this is the only potty training book you’ll ever need in your parenting career!


My Review

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

It’s been close to 30 years since I had to do any potty training but since I have a young grandson who will be ready for potty training soon, I wanted to brush up on my knowledge so I’d be prepared for questions.

Potty Training Simplified lists the common ways of potty training, some of which are child led and others are parent led. Then it explains the author’s method of potty training. No matter which method you use, your child being ready is the most important thing. That is stressed throughout this book and is what I experienced as well.

Potty Training Simplified is short but informative. There were a couple of methods that really surprised me, and I can’t imagine using them! I think the author’s method is one of the better ones to choose from. Since this is our son’s first child, I plan on getting him a copy of this book in a few months.

About the Author

Lisa Campbell‘s Wicked trilogy is the only body of work written under this name. She continues to write novels using a pseudonym.

Ms. Campbell graduated from the University of Akron with a Bachelor Arts degree in English. She works part-time as an educator in the inner city schools. On the days when she is not working to inspire young minds, she likes to spend her spare time reading, plotting stories in her head, and trying out new recipes. She lives in the Midwest with her husband and young son.


Book Review & Giveaway: How to Raise a Smartass by Lucia Walinchus



Book Description

How to Raise a Smart Ass is a funny, witty, rollicking ride through the joys of early parenthood. The so-titled “Best Butt Wiper in the World” delights audiences by recounting tales of ninja nurses, naughty knights, and super-duper poopers. Whether you’re a proud parent or you aspire to populate the world with tiny terrors of your own someday, this book will have you laughing out loud, or at a minimum buying lots of sanitizer. Kids are messy.


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My Review

I received a free ecopy of this book from the author.

How to Raise a Smart Ass is Lucia Walinchus’ memoir about having a baby and the early years of parenting. I love her sense of humor and her ability to put things in perspective.

I’m not sure how Lucia Walinchus was able to find time to write this memoir but she did a great job at sharing the joys and trials of the first years of parenting. And she brought back memories of the challenges such as what to do with your baby while you’re in the bathroom or changing a diaper just before an explosive poop, and starting all over again. Having a boy, I also learned how to change a diaper quickly so that I didn’t get an unexpected “shower.”

Any parent or parent to be will get a kick out of How to Raise a Smartass. I hope she does more of these as her children get older.



Author’s Bio

Lucia Walinchus is an award-winning journalist, author and ice hockey addict. She has written more than 500 articles for various publications throughout her career and was recently named to the 2016 Fulbright Berlin Capital Program. She has been featured as a guest speaker on CNN and is a contracted freelancer for the New York Times. Walinchus currently lives in Oklahoma because she enjoys wide, flat golf courses that make her think she isn’t actually that bad.

Upcoming event:  Lucia Walinchus will be a the Enid, Oklahoma Public Library at 11AM on Saturday, November 12th.


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