Shrink Rap: An Irreverent Take on Child Psychiatry by Robin A. Altman, MD
Shrink Rap is a book that tackles parenting and childhood issues with humor and compassion. It’s written by Robin A. Altman, a wife and mother who uses her own person experiences to illustrate topics from those more common like childcare, school, travel, and bullies, to those more severe like anxiety, eating disorders, psychosis, and drugs and alcohol. The fact that Robin is also an amateur comic came in handy to her while she wrote this book. While her take is irreverent, she is genuine and there is a warmth to her voice and to her writing that I really appreciated.
There are sometimes when I tear myself down as a parent and there are others times when I lift myself up more than I should. This book encouraged me in areas I felt lacking and humbled me in areas where I might have otherwise boasted. I think it’s always good to get a reality check, especially if it is delivered with a delightful spoonful of laughter. I highly recommend this book for any parent. When there are times where you just have to laugh or you’ll cry, this is the book to pick up.
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