If you’re someone that loves to be charitable to organizations making a difference, you’ve got ten minutes to spare, and you don’t mind smiling for that entire ten minutes then Todd Parr’s two new books, “We’re Pregnant” and “We’re Parents” for grown-ups are just for you!Todd Parr, a New York Times bestselling author, books are bright, cheerful, and an encouraging read to parents everywhere, especially us parents when we feel we could use an extra pat on the back as we navigate parenthood. To pass along that wonderful feeling, for every download of “We’re Pregnant” The First Years will donate $1 (up to $10,000) to support San Francisco-based Project “Night Night”, a program that distributes complementary “night night” packages to homeless children across the U.S. who need essentials to feel cozy and secure.
For every “We’re Parents” downloaded, the First Years will donate essential child care products to support Cradles to Crayons and help disadvantaged young children ages 0 to 12 in Massachusetts and Philadelphia with the mission of providing some of the most important basics of life. When I first saw the quirky illustrations for both books I assumed they were written for a children’s audience so I was a bit thrown off by the fact that none of the pages rhymed, unlike traditional children’s books, but once I came across two cute and completely relatable pages of both books that only adults, especially parents, would understand I was quickly reminded that both of these “feel good” children’s books were actually meant for adults.
I love that both books contain helpful reminders such as the benefits of swaddling, reading to baby, and not comparing your child’s developmental pace to another’s as they all develop at their own pace, which is one of my biggest concerns as a parent. I’ll worry about my daughter reaching each milestone then a week later Savannah always excels at whatever skill I was fretting over.
I would absolutely recommend “We’re Pregnant” and “We’re Parents” to all expectant and new parents as they serve as wonderful reminders that our kids do not come with instructional manuals and most often than not we are doing just fine, if not excelling, in our roles as their guardians and protectors. And remember, for every book downloaded you can help other children receive some of the basic comforts and loving feelings your own child receives from you every day!