Book Review: The Bro Code For Parents

The Bro Code For Parents:  What To Expect When You’re Awesome, by Barney Stinson with Matt Kuhn

This may be the worst parenting book of all time [1].  In looking at this book, I had a hard time thinking of any parenting advice in this book that I would want to take, and consider it pretty hilarious all the same.  If you read this book expecting serious advice to parents and take the advice as something to follow, the results could be unpleasant.   Likewise, if you are offended by the crass vulgarity of this book, you will probably not have a good time reading it.  If you realize that there are a lot of people (especially immature men) who are like the fictive author of this book, then you can take the book as a sort of anthropological research project.  This book almost encourages that you laugh at Barney Stinson for being such a troglodyte, even if that is not the most charitable responses towards an author and his work.  Really, though, as this book is (very) juvenile humor, you know going into this whether you appreciate that or not and can base your reading choice accordingly.

As a whole, this book presupposes that you know the Bro Code and have at least the ability to stand the author’s perspective about women and family, which is far from my own personal perspective.  After an introduction where the author gives himself a good deal of unwarranted praise, this book is divided into four parts.  The first part looks at how one gets pregnant.  The second part of the book looks at how to deal with being pregnant.  The third part of the book looks at early childhood, and the fourth and final part of the book examines toddlerhood.  The book is organized, therefore, in chronological fashion and contains a variety of spectacularly ill-suited advice including interview questions for nannies, inappropriate singalongs, and even advice for down the road, such as viewing one’s daughter as old enough to date if you are attracted to some of her friends.  Suffice it to say that the book comes with a fitting disclaimer:  “..the opinions, techniques, and alarmingly comprehensive parenting advise presented throughout this gospel should never be construed as commonly accepted fact or scientifically proven medical truth, even when expressly presented as such (vii).”  Caveat lector.

I felt bad about finding this book funny.  Given that the book is completely devoid of factual or moral value, and that I find some of the author’s advice repellent, the only value I can see from a book like this is its humor, and even that is a rather doubtful proposition.  Since I happen to know people who are not particularly dissimilar from the persona of the author–testament perhaps to my ability to get along with people who are very much unlike me–I found this to be a frightening look at their thinking process.  That said, I do not wish to promote this book given that a great many people will not find this book funny and will find nothing of value in it whatsoever.  If you are a person with remotely decent personal standards of morality and conduct, there is likely going to be a lot in this book that offends you, but the book will also be written from a point of view close to one’s worldly (male) relatives and coworkers and future edge lords in training, which means that this is a book that puts on the outside what many people think and how many people would wish to act if they could, even in such times as our own.

[1] See, for example:

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