Mommy Knows Worst: Highlights from the Golden Age of Bad Parenting Advice

Mommy Knows Worst Highlights from the Golden Age of Bad Parenting Advice Don t throw out the baby with the bathwater Ahhhh the s and s a time when parents everywhere strove for the American Dream manicured lawns a shiny car in the driveway and perfect children pla

  • Title: Mommy Knows Worst: Highlights from the Golden Age of Bad Parenting Advice
  • Author: James Lileks
  • ISBN: 9781400082285
  • Page: 190
  • Format: Paperback
  • Don t throw out the baby with the bathwater Ahhhh, the 1940s and 50s a time when parents everywhere strove for the American Dream manicured lawns, a shiny car in the driveway, and perfect children playing in the yard Raising kids was simpler back then, or was it In Mommy Knows Worst, you ll be treated to a visual feast of past parenting neuroses as well as insightDon t throw out the baby with the bathwater Ahhhh, the 1940s and 50s a time when parents everywhere strove for the American Dream manicured lawns, a shiny car in the driveway, and perfect children playing in the yard Raising kids was simpler back then, or was it In Mommy Knows Worst, you ll be treated to a visual feast of past parenting neuroses as well as insight into why concerned moms and dads were driven to buy delicious baby laxatives, douse their baby in oil and put him in the sun, and strap Junior into a car seat that bore a strange resemblance to scrap metal If you re a baby boomer who lived through this childhood torture, well, we re sorry But if humor really is the best medicine rather than bicarbonate of curd and mustard plaster, as was previously recommended for childhood ailments , then Mommy Knows Worst is cheaper than therapy.Photographs, advertisements, magazine articles, and government issue parenting guides, which seemed so helpful in their day, are given a whole new slant by the master of the genre, James Lileks Mommy Knows Worst is a rollicking tribute to old fashioned parenting that gives us a whole new reason not to forget our past it s hilarious

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    • Seeing the old ads and articles was hilarious on its own. But the author tries too hard to make it funny and, in my opinion, is too cynical - even vulgar at times. I quickly learned to skip over his editorial remarks and just enjoy the bad advice on my own.


    • LOL funny! It's a miracle any of us baby boomers survived with the advice our parents' were given in raising us. A very fun read.


    • Old ads have always fascinated me. Ads promising help from "toilet tissue disease" or warning that "Halitosis Makes You Unpopular" are plastered all over my house. So when I say this collection promising 'Highlights from the Golden Age of Parenting Advice" I couldn't resist.The book is packed with some great public service announcement style ads, parenting advice and a few home health ads. For the most part the ads and advice were only funny because they were dated, but the author seemed hell be [...]


    • A look back at products for babies and children from early 20th-century America through skeptical, modern-age lenses. These folks had their children's best interests at heart, but what they did to the poor tykes leaves 21st-century parents aghast. Done in the same style asThe Gallery of Regrettable Food andInterior Desecrations. I have to say I was disappointed with this one. The book has a few classic moments, such as the magical baby-flinging car seat, but overall the material here was far wea [...]


    • Bucking Bronco! Gym-Dandy’s Whirlwind! Mercurochrome!From the author of the much-funnier Gallery of Regrettable Food comes this look back on the ridiculous baby and childhood trends from the ‘40s to mid-’60s that most Boomers and many Gen-Xers will recognize.The pregnancy chapter emphasizes how newspaper replaced the once-ubiquitous boiling water, although “Boil everything!” gets its due, too.Some of the ads will give parents the willies, such as the ones for unsecured car seats or for [...]


    • Mommy Knows Worst / 1-4000-8228-5I'm a long time fan of Lileks and his Institute of Official Cheer material. I loved "The Gallery of Regrettable Food" and "Interior Desecrations", and thoroughly enjoyed "Gastroanomalies". However, it's an old adage that it's difficult to be funny all of the time, and "Mommy Knows Worst" seems to be an example of this."Mommy Knows Worst" suffers, if from nothing else, from a problem of format and material. Whereas the pictures of food and furniture from Lileks' o [...]


    • Thought this would be a great little review of hints through the ages from parent books--but was just ads gtom a few books and magazines--repeated itself alot too! boring. the only part--which was very sad too was 3 pages--was a reprint about who mothers used meds to quiet their babies/kids, but also to kill them before WWII and that there was this house in Paris--where you could take your baby and for a few coins they tkes it and kill it for you--sick! When the police closed it down--they found [...]


    • It's amazing to me some of the advice to mothers in this book. The idea that anyone thought that newspaper was an appropriate material to use to sanitize a birthing area, or to stick a crib in a convertible is crazy. The advice seems to come from anywhere between 1910 to the 1960s, and it is all bad. Of course, the author also pokes fun at today's methods of raising children--like how today's moms slather their kids in sunscreen like sunlight is evil (as opposed to the old advice to put your chi [...]


    • Side-splitting funny, at least for one who was on the receiving end of the popular beliefs and mass marketing of the period. It seems that babies " boomed" in spite of the prevalent teaching of the child rearing techniques that were designed to make the child as manageable as possible while keeping one eye out for what the rest of middle class America doing so as not to appear radical or soft on subjects such as regular bowel movements or being a great father.Of course the humor derives from the [...]


    • Hard to tell which is more amazing, that the gems of lunatic advice - either "received wisdom" in the form of folk customs, or pseudoscientific weirdness from doctors and other professionals dispensing the current state of their art with total assurance.As a family therapist, I enjoyed this book more than I would have if it hadn't focused on this area; that makes some of the content funnier, and reminded me poignantly of some of the dogma I learned in grad school, presented just as authoritative [...]


    • I generally LOVE Lileks in devour his books in one sitting, laughing almost to the point of incontinence as I do so. This one kind of let me down. Perhaps it is because I now know, first hand, the horrors of potting training. It just did not grab me the way the Gallery of Regrettable Foods and Interior Desecrations did. It felt like a one note humor book this timeOk, we get it. Mid twentieth century parents had an over reliance on laxatives, were way too interested in/controlling of their kids' [...]


    • The Gallery of Regrettable Food was funny, but I thought this was even funnier. It also had me laughing aloud until I was in tears. There was a lot of really bad parenting advice given in the past. Well, I'm sure there is a lot of bad parenting advice being given in the present too. Anyway, if you want to laugh at how experts said kids were supposed to be raised in the first half of the 20th century America, this is a book for you. Of course, the author's searing wit makes it all more hilarious. [...]


    • Oh. Wow. Some of this book is almost too frightening to be funny, and makes me wonder that my parents and grandparents survived childhood. The rigid schedules, strange contraptions for making toddlers hold still or correcting their sticking out ears are appalling. And the advice, like not holding or talking to your baby unless you HAVE to, because they'll end up being egomanics and serial killers . . . oh my goodness! Lileks takes the mickey out of these old ads, pamphlets, and books with his us [...]


    • Let's be clear: the average parenting book from 2015 is going to look just as ludicrous to the citizens of 2085 as the excerpts in this book do today. Hopefully there will be the equivalent of a James Lileks around to compile the strangest bits into a book--or its future equivalent--for the enjoyment of reader-bots everywhere. Of the four Lileks books that I've read, this is probably my least favorite, but, honestly, it's like having a least favorite flavor of cheesecake. In the end it's still w [...]


    • Heelarious. This book of old,outdated and mostly dangerious advice/ads are brought together in another book by James Lileks. Looking at some of the ads, like a whole series about spanking a child who doesn't want to drink something awful for constipation seems just beyond sound reason today. James does his famous riffing on the ads and advice giving me quite a few laugh out loud moments.I highly suggest reading this - or I'll strangle you with my giant monkey feet!!!!


    • Whether writing captions for photos featured in the "Gallery of Regrettable Food" or ranting at his blog, "The Bleat," James Lileks is absolutely hilarious (with an occasional tinge of crazy, which makes it that much more fun). He hits another home run with "Mommy Knows Worst," a collection of photographs and advertisements from decades past, which are often very funny on their own. Each entry is further enlivened by Lileks's snotty comments. Laugh-out-loud funny, and highly recommended.


    • Lileks does a great job of finding hilarious parental advice artifacts from mid-20th century books and magazines, but I could totally do without his commentary. He's tries way too hard and he's just not that funny. Plus, the book was absolutely rife with misspellings! "Heirborne," for example. No one caught that. On the same page, "device" was spelled "devise." Really bad.


    • James Lileks does a great job in finding marvelously bizzare stuff from past publications, but his commentary just isn't very funny, and a lot of the things he chose for inclusion in this book are really kind of a stretch ("Four beads on a wire to play with? Does the baby have FOUR ARMS? ha ha ha ha").


    • How James Lileks finds the zany photos and ads for his books is beyond me! Here he has included actual ads from years ago featuring baby and child care products, and added his own laugh-out-loud text 'explaining' them. As a reader you will be dumbfounded at the stuff that was actually marketed for parents!


    • Another hilarious installment from James Lileks, this book looks at all the bad advice that seemed prevalent in the 50s and marvels that we even made it out alive. Not as funny as The Gallery of Regretable Food, but well worth reading if only to marvel at the advice itself.


    • VERY funny! LOTS of pictures of old advertisements featuring babies and parents. This book is even funnier when you are old enough to actually REMEMBER some of this stuff!I think we're keeping this one.


    • Not consistently funny from cover to cover, but certain pages made me laugh until I cried. Also makes you wonder which of our modern parenting techniques will make our grandchildren shake their heads . .


    • Lileks' latest nostalgia-gone-wrong project; I started looking thru it last night & it's pretty good, tho not as good as his previous efforts maybe it's because a little more is at at stake (parenthood vs cooking/decorating).


    • Fun, but not nearly as hilarious as Gallery of Regrettable Food--there just wasn't enough material for this one, I don't think. What's there is mostly great, but there seem to be some filler . . . Still, this is definitely worth a library look.


    • Funny!! How in the world did my generation even get here? Reading this book, and the advice and ads that our parents and grandparents were given makes me wonder seriously if maybe the government was trying its own form of thinning the herd. Hilarious look at parenting advice from back in the day.


    • Poor kidsbut they made out ok as adults. I was delighted and outraged at the same time. I have to stop reading books that make me feel these mixed emotions; I won't know what's what if I don't stop.


    • Every mom-to-be should read this book - just to see what NOT to do. Hilarious look at child-rearing in days gone by. Its positively horrifying what our parents and grandparents did, I wonder that we survived at all.


    • The old tips and ads were great. Some of it was amazing how far we have come. The commentary to go with the ads could be spotty in levels of humor so I found myself wavering between four and three stars.




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