STFU Parents, the book: the multi-generational read you've been looking for

Updated Oct 12 2015

In case you haven't heard, the lauded and loved blog STFU, Parents has gone from blog to book. I scored a copy of the book recently because I was curious: would I be into it if I've already ready most of the blog?

The answer: yep, yep, and hell yes. If you're not familiar with STFU Parents, here's the description on the Amazon page for the book:

From posting photos of baby's first poo and the intricacies of placental crafts to sanctimommies declaring their child the most beautiful kid in the world and criticizing the parenting skills of fellow Facebook "friends," STFU, Parents collects the most bizarre, hilarious, and horrifying examples of oversharing on the web. You'll laugh, you'll cry, you'll cringe at detailed descriptions of baby's first blowout, but one thing's for sure: You'll never look at parenting the same again.

It should be noted that while the book can seem derisive or dismissive of parents, it's parents themselves who may get the most entertainment from it — you'll probably recognize yourself or someone you know in it and get a laugh! To me, there are three big reasons why most of you will probably loooove STFU Parents:

You're gonna LOL even if you've read the entire blog

I first started reading STFU, Parents in 2010, and our love was hard and fast: I read the archives the first day, and have been a happy devotee since then. We've referenced the blog on Offbeat Families, and I'm pretty sure plenty of you are familiar with it. I initially thought the book would get a chuckle or two out of me at most — since I've read so much of the content already, how funny could it be?

I was wrong wrong wroooooooong friends: something about taking the blog and turning it into a book makes it that much funnier. Since I don't have every single post stored away in my brain, I was hysterically reminded of several that I had loved but forgotten about. The entire "Dr. Mom" chapter had me in stitches, and there's something extra funny about not having photos to go along with text — you have to use your imagination.

Parents across the age spectrum will get it

The great thing about parenting is that it's not like it's a special club that a lot of people don't "get" — nearly everyone who has been a parent (or even KNOWN a parent) can get at least a huge chunk of this book. I've had friends tell me their grandparents have their own copies, and former social media oversharers are picking up the book and learning from their ways. You guys, it's the book that brings us together.

You'll also learn a lot about blogging

My favorite thing about the book is the way blog author Blair lays out her blogging process. She talks about patterns of parental over-share that she's seen in the last 3 years, and goes into detail about what she puts on the site and why. If you're interested in reading more about the behind the scenes of blogging (and Ariel's posts on Offbeat Empire haven't sated you), this book is definitely not a bad place to start.

When it comes down to it, besides being entertained my favorite thing about both the blog and site is that Blair is getting quite sociological with her huge archive of parent grossosities: instead of just posting crazy shit people post on Facebook and Twitter, she's analyzing what parents are posting, what kind of response they receive, and why the over-sharing might be happening in the first place. The book is less about making fun of parents as it's about making fun of over-sharing in general.

If you want it, you can get it: the book is on Amazon and likely available at your fave local place if you want it!

  1. I used to frequent the site as well, along with a few others. The downward part for me was the commenters. It's very, very tough to ignore they are there, but after hearing the same speech over and over again, it gets tiresome.

    The blog turned into a book, though? That is something worth reading!

    • Full disclosure: I never read ANY comments on any site besides Offbeat Families + other Empire sites. When I was freelancing I would sometimes read the comments on the site I worked for, but even then it was rare.

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