Small Animals: Parenthood in the Age of Fear

Small Animals: Parenthood in the Age of Fear

"Part memoir, part history, part documentary, part impassioned manifesto...it might be the most important book about being a parent that you will ever read." --Emily Rapp Black, New York Times bestselling author of The Still Point of the Turning World "A beautifully told, harrowing story..."--Heather Havrilesky One morning, Kim Brooks made a split-second decision to leave he "Part memoir, part history, part documentary, part impassioned manifesto...it might be the most important book ab...

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Title:Small Animals: Parenthood in the Age of Fear
Author:Kim Brooks
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Genres:Parenting
ISBN:1250089557
Format Type:Hardcover
Number of Pages:256 pages pages

Small Animals: Parenthood in the Age of Fear Reviews

  • Peter Knox
    Aug 24, 2018

    Although I appreciated, in part, the message of this book, I am also conflicted in my feelings towards the author's view of her actions, which led to a pretty lengthy involvement with child welfare services. The premise of the book is that we treat our children as if they were made of ...

    True story 1: When my daughter was about eight, we walked past a car where a tween was reading a book with the windows down. My daughter gasped, worried about the kid being alone in the car, in the middle of a Safeway parking lot. "That was normal when I was growing up," I said. "I use...

    Having kids has always seemed to me to be a form of madness. Kim Brooks' book shows that if you were not already a little bonkers when you had kids, then virtually every feature of America's fear-filled, outrage-driven, misogynistic culture and hyper-competitive dedication to capitalis...

    I was at a target once and I saw a young mother in front of me in tears because the cops were coming for her for having left her kid in the car. An older woman had called the cops and the target employees were all on the other woman's side. I leapt to her defense. The kid was fine. It ...

    I only recently realized the extent to which helicopter parenting in America has become the norm, the expectation, sometimes even in the law of the land. That the definition of a ?good parent? now requires keeping an eye on your child at every moment. That kids? hanging out with ...

    Wow! This book resonated with me in a big way! As a mom of two now teens, I have lived through, and still experience many of the anxious feelings that Kim Brooks shares as she relates her experiences parenting in today's American society. The worries, pressures, expectations, and judgm...

    I got a free copy of this one from a goodreads giveaway. As a parent of three elementary school children whose parenting style has gone from helicopter (not necessarily by my choice, being a dad) to free-range over the last nine years, this book resonated. The author tells her story of...

    Structurally, this book is more effective than what I've seen in other parenting books, though one needn't be a parent to be moved. Because the author is a fiction writer, the narratives are thoughtful, well paced, and selective in detail. She complements these stories with interviews ...

    This isn't a long read, but it packs a punch. Brooks recounts her personal story of being "caught" leaving her young son in the car, in a Target parking lot as she ran in to get headphones for their airplane flight that day. Someone recorded the child in the car unattended. Later she w...

    I devoured this book in one day yesterday and kept waking up during the night thinking about it. Small Animals is part memoir and part sociological analysis. It?s an honest, well-researched look at how batshit crazy modern American parenting has become. The book starts when Kim Brook...

    Kim Brooks?s Small Animals is a personal and honest look at dealing with the ?moral panics? of raising a child. It is a good read from a writer with a strong voice, but it didn?t go far enough in completing many of the viable arguments. For the full review: https://paulspick...

    This is possibly the best book I've read all year. Brooks captures perfectly what it is like to be a parent in modern-day America, how the majority of your decisions are spurred by fear ? fear of what will happen to your child if you don't do everything correctly and/or fear of what ...

    This book spoke to me. As a mother, this book spoke to me. As a millennial, this book spoke to me. As a member of society, this book spoke to me. I want to hand this book out to all of the parents I know and tell them to read it now - and then some! . True Story. Nonfiction: Author ...

    Even though there is a large memoir aspect to this book, I think it's an extremely important nonfiction book about the current state of parenting in America. It's important from a sociological, psychological, and also legal perspective. As an attorney and as an American, I'm horrified ...

    I think this book should be required reading for this day and age (along with Julie Lythcott-Haims' How to Raise an Adult). Kim Brooks went through a hell no parent should have to experience. One person was so judgmental about her parenting choice - to leave her 4-year-old child alone ...

    This book, like Kim Brooks's deft writing (she's also an essayist and novelist) grabs you by the throat and doesn't let you go till the final page. Much more than a memoir (although Brooks shares her personal story that led to the book), this book is a treatise on what happens when we ...

    Small Animals resonated so deeply with me. She shared the story with what happened with her son but also researched and explored the broader topic of how fear has become such a big part of how we parent in today?s society. Are we afraid to let our kids go out and explore, walk alone ...

    Well, this was an incredibly difficult book to review. I'm extremely grateful that Ms. Brooks shared her story of what happened after she left her 4 year old in a Target parking lot for a few minutes to grab a pair of headphones to prevent a toddler meltdown, provoking a stranger to re...

    One day when Kim Brooks decided to leave her four-year-old son in the car for a couple of minutes while she went into the store to grab something, a passerby filmed what was happening and reported her to the police. What followed was a year-long process of being condemned for her actio...

    I agree with the author in that we?re becoming too much of a helicopter parent generation. Her story was very interesting and from the few people I?ve discussed it with, everyone has very polarizing views on whether they would have done the same thing, in her position. I am findi...

    This is an excellent book for parents of children of any age. It's part memoir as the idea for the book starts with the author's personal story of getting arrested for leaving her son in the car alone for a few minutes. It then explores the history of parenting in America, and the psyc...

    This book didn't live up to its blurb. It seems to speak more to parents who lack confidence in their parenting, who really worry about keeping up with (and how they appear to) others. Although the author acknowledges her own privilege, there's still an icky layer of ableism and class...

    Essential reading in our panic-filled historical moment. Filled with great research and a compelling voice, this book explores how crazy things have gotten, how we got here and offers some thoughts on how we might make things better. Any parent or anyone who was a kid and remembers oth...

    I read this whole thing going, "YES." And, "I've been there!" And "get out of my brain, Kim. Get out!" Well researched but still very personal and engaging. ...

    Well researched and riveting. I would recommend this book to parents and grandparents both, providing insight into shaming and success. ...

    Brooks is a journalist and also a parent; she is nearly sent to prison for having permitted her son to remain in the car watching a video while she bopped in to a big box store to purchase headphones. The experience provided a catalyst for discussions and research she has done on struc...

    "...statistically speaking, it would likely take 750,000 years for a child left alone in a public space to be snatched by a stranger. So there is some risk to leaving your kid in a car. It might not be statistically meaningful, but it's not nonexistent. The problem is, there's some ris...

  • Melissa Rochelle
    Sep 04, 2018

    Although I appreciated, in part, the message of this book, I am also conflicted in my feelings towards the author's view of her actions, which led to a pretty lengthy involvement with child welfare services. The premise of the book is that we treat our children as if they were made of ...

    True story 1: When my daughter was about eight, we walked past a car where a tween was reading a book with the windows down. My daughter gasped, worried about the kid being alone in the car, in the middle of a Safeway parking lot. "That was normal when I was growing up," I said. "I use...

    Having kids has always seemed to me to be a form of madness. Kim Brooks' book shows that if you were not already a little bonkers when you had kids, then virtually every feature of America's fear-filled, outrage-driven, misogynistic culture and hyper-competitive dedication to capitalis...

    I was at a target once and I saw a young mother in front of me in tears because the cops were coming for her for having left her kid in the car. An older woman had called the cops and the target employees were all on the other woman's side. I leapt to her defense. The kid was fine. It ...

    I only recently realized the extent to which helicopter parenting in America has become the norm, the expectation, sometimes even in the law of the land. That the definition of a ?good parent? now requires keeping an eye on your child at every moment. That kids? hanging out with ...

    Wow! This book resonated with me in a big way! As a mom of two now teens, I have lived through, and still experience many of the anxious feelings that Kim Brooks shares as she relates her experiences parenting in today's American society. The worries, pressures, expectations, and judgm...

    I got a free copy of this one from a goodreads giveaway. As a parent of three elementary school children whose parenting style has gone from helicopter (not necessarily by my choice, being a dad) to free-range over the last nine years, this book resonated. The author tells her story of...

    Structurally, this book is more effective than what I've seen in other parenting books, though one needn't be a parent to be moved. Because the author is a fiction writer, the narratives are thoughtful, well paced, and selective in detail. She complements these stories with interviews ...

    This isn't a long read, but it packs a punch. Brooks recounts her personal story of being "caught" leaving her young son in the car, in a Target parking lot as she ran in to get headphones for their airplane flight that day. Someone recorded the child in the car unattended. Later she w...

    I devoured this book in one day yesterday and kept waking up during the night thinking about it. Small Animals is part memoir and part sociological analysis. It?s an honest, well-researched look at how batshit crazy modern American parenting has become. The book starts when Kim Brook...

    Kim Brooks?s Small Animals is a personal and honest look at dealing with the ?moral panics? of raising a child. It is a good read from a writer with a strong voice, but it didn?t go far enough in completing many of the viable arguments. For the full review: https://paulspick...

    This is possibly the best book I've read all year. Brooks captures perfectly what it is like to be a parent in modern-day America, how the majority of your decisions are spurred by fear ? fear of what will happen to your child if you don't do everything correctly and/or fear of what ...

    This book spoke to me. As a mother, this book spoke to me. As a millennial, this book spoke to me. As a member of society, this book spoke to me. I want to hand this book out to all of the parents I know and tell them to read it now - and then some! . True Story. Nonfiction: Author ...

    Even though there is a large memoir aspect to this book, I think it's an extremely important nonfiction book about the current state of parenting in America. It's important from a sociological, psychological, and also legal perspective. As an attorney and as an American, I'm horrified ...

    I think this book should be required reading for this day and age (along with Julie Lythcott-Haims' How to Raise an Adult). Kim Brooks went through a hell no parent should have to experience. One person was so judgmental about her parenting choice - to leave her 4-year-old child alone ...

    This book, like Kim Brooks's deft writing (she's also an essayist and novelist) grabs you by the throat and doesn't let you go till the final page. Much more than a memoir (although Brooks shares her personal story that led to the book), this book is a treatise on what happens when we ...

    Small Animals resonated so deeply with me. She shared the story with what happened with her son but also researched and explored the broader topic of how fear has become such a big part of how we parent in today?s society. Are we afraid to let our kids go out and explore, walk alone ...

    Well, this was an incredibly difficult book to review. I'm extremely grateful that Ms. Brooks shared her story of what happened after she left her 4 year old in a Target parking lot for a few minutes to grab a pair of headphones to prevent a toddler meltdown, provoking a stranger to re...

    One day when Kim Brooks decided to leave her four-year-old son in the car for a couple of minutes while she went into the store to grab something, a passerby filmed what was happening and reported her to the police. What followed was a year-long process of being condemned for her actio...

    I agree with the author in that we?re becoming too much of a helicopter parent generation. Her story was very interesting and from the few people I?ve discussed it with, everyone has very polarizing views on whether they would have done the same thing, in her position. I am findi...

    This is an excellent book for parents of children of any age. It's part memoir as the idea for the book starts with the author's personal story of getting arrested for leaving her son in the car alone for a few minutes. It then explores the history of parenting in America, and the psyc...

    This book didn't live up to its blurb. It seems to speak more to parents who lack confidence in their parenting, who really worry about keeping up with (and how they appear to) others. Although the author acknowledges her own privilege, there's still an icky layer of ableism and class...

    Essential reading in our panic-filled historical moment. Filled with great research and a compelling voice, this book explores how crazy things have gotten, how we got here and offers some thoughts on how we might make things better. Any parent or anyone who was a kid and remembers oth...

    I read this whole thing going, "YES." And, "I've been there!" And "get out of my brain, Kim. Get out!" Well researched but still very personal and engaging. ...

    Well researched and riveting. I would recommend this book to parents and grandparents both, providing insight into shaming and success. ...

    Brooks is a journalist and also a parent; she is nearly sent to prison for having permitted her son to remain in the car watching a video while she bopped in to a big box store to purchase headphones. The experience provided a catalyst for discussions and research she has done on struc...

    "...statistically speaking, it would likely take 750,000 years for a child left alone in a public space to be snatched by a stranger. So there is some risk to leaving your kid in a car. It might not be statistically meaningful, but it's not nonexistent. The problem is, there's some ris...

    Muy interesante reflexión sobre la maternidad hoy en día. Kim Brooks es una escritora que un día dejó a su hijo de 4 años jugando con su ipad por unos cuantos minutos, mientras corría a un supermercado a comprarle algo. Una persona la vio y la denunció a las autoridades. El mal...

    I?m not really sure the point that Small Animals was trying to make so I find it hard to write a fair review. I think that I am not the parent this book was speaking to. I found it a bit scattered as she told her own story, defended her mistake, but also seemed to believe what she di...

    I've never thought for a second that leaving my kid in the car for 5 minutes was illegal. Unsafe because it's summer in Arizona, yep! But just recently I had to go inside to pay for gas and taking her out of the car just to throw a twenty at the attendant seemed totally unnecessary. So...

  • Kathleen
    Feb 19, 2018

    Although I appreciated, in part, the message of this book, I am also conflicted in my feelings towards the author's view of her actions, which led to a pretty lengthy involvement with child welfare services. The premise of the book is that we treat our children as if they were made of ...

    True story 1: When my daughter was about eight, we walked past a car where a tween was reading a book with the windows down. My daughter gasped, worried about the kid being alone in the car, in the middle of a Safeway parking lot. "That was normal when I was growing up," I said. "I use...

    Having kids has always seemed to me to be a form of madness. Kim Brooks' book shows that if you were not already a little bonkers when you had kids, then virtually every feature of America's fear-filled, outrage-driven, misogynistic culture and hyper-competitive dedication to capitalis...

  • Devorah Heitner
    May 16, 2018

    Although I appreciated, in part, the message of this book, I am also conflicted in my feelings towards the author's view of her actions, which led to a pretty lengthy involvement with child welfare services. The premise of the book is that we treat our children as if they were made of ...

    True story 1: When my daughter was about eight, we walked past a car where a tween was reading a book with the windows down. My daughter gasped, worried about the kid being alone in the car, in the middle of a Safeway parking lot. "That was normal when I was growing up," I said. "I use...

    Having kids has always seemed to me to be a form of madness. Kim Brooks' book shows that if you were not already a little bonkers when you had kids, then virtually every feature of America's fear-filled, outrage-driven, misogynistic culture and hyper-competitive dedication to capitalis...

    I was at a target once and I saw a young mother in front of me in tears because the cops were coming for her for having left her kid in the car. An older woman had called the cops and the target employees were all on the other woman's side. I leapt to her defense. The kid was fine. It ...

    I only recently realized the extent to which helicopter parenting in America has become the norm, the expectation, sometimes even in the law of the land. That the definition of a ?good parent? now requires keeping an eye on your child at every moment. That kids? hanging out with ...

    Wow! This book resonated with me in a big way! As a mom of two now teens, I have lived through, and still experience many of the anxious feelings that Kim Brooks shares as she relates her experiences parenting in today's American society. The worries, pressures, expectations, and judgm...

    I got a free copy of this one from a goodreads giveaway. As a parent of three elementary school children whose parenting style has gone from helicopter (not necessarily by my choice, being a dad) to free-range over the last nine years, this book resonated. The author tells her story of...

    Structurally, this book is more effective than what I've seen in other parenting books, though one needn't be a parent to be moved. Because the author is a fiction writer, the narratives are thoughtful, well paced, and selective in detail. She complements these stories with interviews ...

    This isn't a long read, but it packs a punch. Brooks recounts her personal story of being "caught" leaving her young son in the car, in a Target parking lot as she ran in to get headphones for their airplane flight that day. Someone recorded the child in the car unattended. Later she w...

    I devoured this book in one day yesterday and kept waking up during the night thinking about it. Small Animals is part memoir and part sociological analysis. It?s an honest, well-researched look at how batshit crazy modern American parenting has become. The book starts when Kim Brook...

    Kim Brooks?s Small Animals is a personal and honest look at dealing with the ?moral panics? of raising a child. It is a good read from a writer with a strong voice, but it didn?t go far enough in completing many of the viable arguments. For the full review: https://paulspick...

    This is possibly the best book I've read all year. Brooks captures perfectly what it is like to be a parent in modern-day America, how the majority of your decisions are spurred by fear ? fear of what will happen to your child if you don't do everything correctly and/or fear of what ...

    This book spoke to me. As a mother, this book spoke to me. As a millennial, this book spoke to me. As a member of society, this book spoke to me. I want to hand this book out to all of the parents I know and tell them to read it now - and then some! . True Story. Nonfiction: Author ...

    Even though there is a large memoir aspect to this book, I think it's an extremely important nonfiction book about the current state of parenting in America. It's important from a sociological, psychological, and also legal perspective. As an attorney and as an American, I'm horrified ...

    I think this book should be required reading for this day and age (along with Julie Lythcott-Haims' How to Raise an Adult). Kim Brooks went through a hell no parent should have to experience. One person was so judgmental about her parenting choice - to leave her 4-year-old child alone ...

    This book, like Kim Brooks's deft writing (she's also an essayist and novelist) grabs you by the throat and doesn't let you go till the final page. Much more than a memoir (although Brooks shares her personal story that led to the book), this book is a treatise on what happens when we ...

    Small Animals resonated so deeply with me. She shared the story with what happened with her son but also researched and explored the broader topic of how fear has become such a big part of how we parent in today?s society. Are we afraid to let our kids go out and explore, walk alone ...

    Well, this was an incredibly difficult book to review. I'm extremely grateful that Ms. Brooks shared her story of what happened after she left her 4 year old in a Target parking lot for a few minutes to grab a pair of headphones to prevent a toddler meltdown, provoking a stranger to re...

    One day when Kim Brooks decided to leave her four-year-old son in the car for a couple of minutes while she went into the store to grab something, a passerby filmed what was happening and reported her to the police. What followed was a year-long process of being condemned for her actio...

    I agree with the author in that we?re becoming too much of a helicopter parent generation. Her story was very interesting and from the few people I?ve discussed it with, everyone has very polarizing views on whether they would have done the same thing, in her position. I am findi...

    This is an excellent book for parents of children of any age. It's part memoir as the idea for the book starts with the author's personal story of getting arrested for leaving her son in the car alone for a few minutes. It then explores the history of parenting in America, and the psyc...

    This book didn't live up to its blurb. It seems to speak more to parents who lack confidence in their parenting, who really worry about keeping up with (and how they appear to) others. Although the author acknowledges her own privilege, there's still an icky layer of ableism and class...

    Essential reading in our panic-filled historical moment. Filled with great research and a compelling voice, this book explores how crazy things have gotten, how we got here and offers some thoughts on how we might make things better. Any parent or anyone who was a kid and remembers oth...

  • Mehrsa
    Sep 08, 2018

    Although I appreciated, in part, the message of this book, I am also conflicted in my feelings towards the author's view of her actions, which led to a pretty lengthy involvement with child welfare services. The premise of the book is that we treat our children as if they were made of ...

    True story 1: When my daughter was about eight, we walked past a car where a tween was reading a book with the windows down. My daughter gasped, worried about the kid being alone in the car, in the middle of a Safeway parking lot. "That was normal when I was growing up," I said. "I use...

    Having kids has always seemed to me to be a form of madness. Kim Brooks' book shows that if you were not already a little bonkers when you had kids, then virtually every feature of America's fear-filled, outrage-driven, misogynistic culture and hyper-competitive dedication to capitalis...

    I was at a target once and I saw a young mother in front of me in tears because the cops were coming for her for having left her kid in the car. An older woman had called the cops and the target employees were all on the other woman's side. I leapt to her defense. The kid was fine. It ...

  • Josie
    Oct 01, 2018

    Although I appreciated, in part, the message of this book, I am also conflicted in my feelings towards the author's view of her actions, which led to a pretty lengthy involvement with child welfare services. The premise of the book is that we treat our children as if they were made of ...

    True story 1: When my daughter was about eight, we walked past a car where a tween was reading a book with the windows down. My daughter gasped, worried about the kid being alone in the car, in the middle of a Safeway parking lot. "That was normal when I was growing up," I said. "I use...

    Having kids has always seemed to me to be a form of madness. Kim Brooks' book shows that if you were not already a little bonkers when you had kids, then virtually every feature of America's fear-filled, outrage-driven, misogynistic culture and hyper-competitive dedication to capitalis...

    I was at a target once and I saw a young mother in front of me in tears because the cops were coming for her for having left her kid in the car. An older woman had called the cops and the target employees were all on the other woman's side. I leapt to her defense. The kid was fine. It ...

    I only recently realized the extent to which helicopter parenting in America has become the norm, the expectation, sometimes even in the law of the land. That the definition of a ?good parent? now requires keeping an eye on your child at every moment. That kids? hanging out with ...

    Wow! This book resonated with me in a big way! As a mom of two now teens, I have lived through, and still experience many of the anxious feelings that Kim Brooks shares as she relates her experiences parenting in today's American society. The worries, pressures, expectations, and judgm...

    I got a free copy of this one from a goodreads giveaway. As a parent of three elementary school children whose parenting style has gone from helicopter (not necessarily by my choice, being a dad) to free-range over the last nine years, this book resonated. The author tells her story of...

    Structurally, this book is more effective than what I've seen in other parenting books, though one needn't be a parent to be moved. Because the author is a fiction writer, the narratives are thoughtful, well paced, and selective in detail. She complements these stories with interviews ...

    This isn't a long read, but it packs a punch. Brooks recounts her personal story of being "caught" leaving her young son in the car, in a Target parking lot as she ran in to get headphones for their airplane flight that day. Someone recorded the child in the car unattended. Later she w...

  • Ericka Clouther
    Sep 03, 2018

    Although I appreciated, in part, the message of this book, I am also conflicted in my feelings towards the author's view of her actions, which led to a pretty lengthy involvement with child welfare services. The premise of the book is that we treat our children as if they were made of ...

    True story 1: When my daughter was about eight, we walked past a car where a tween was reading a book with the windows down. My daughter gasped, worried about the kid being alone in the car, in the middle of a Safeway parking lot. "That was normal when I was growing up," I said. "I use...

    Having kids has always seemed to me to be a form of madness. Kim Brooks' book shows that if you were not already a little bonkers when you had kids, then virtually every feature of America's fear-filled, outrage-driven, misogynistic culture and hyper-competitive dedication to capitalis...

    I was at a target once and I saw a young mother in front of me in tears because the cops were coming for her for having left her kid in the car. An older woman had called the cops and the target employees were all on the other woman's side. I leapt to her defense. The kid was fine. It ...

    I only recently realized the extent to which helicopter parenting in America has become the norm, the expectation, sometimes even in the law of the land. That the definition of a ?good parent? now requires keeping an eye on your child at every moment. That kids? hanging out with ...

    Wow! This book resonated with me in a big way! As a mom of two now teens, I have lived through, and still experience many of the anxious feelings that Kim Brooks shares as she relates her experiences parenting in today's American society. The worries, pressures, expectations, and judgm...

    I got a free copy of this one from a goodreads giveaway. As a parent of three elementary school children whose parenting style has gone from helicopter (not necessarily by my choice, being a dad) to free-range over the last nine years, this book resonated. The author tells her story of...

    Structurally, this book is more effective than what I've seen in other parenting books, though one needn't be a parent to be moved. Because the author is a fiction writer, the narratives are thoughtful, well paced, and selective in detail. She complements these stories with interviews ...

    This isn't a long read, but it packs a punch. Brooks recounts her personal story of being "caught" leaving her young son in the car, in a Target parking lot as she ran in to get headphones for their airplane flight that day. Someone recorded the child in the car unattended. Later she w...

    I devoured this book in one day yesterday and kept waking up during the night thinking about it. Small Animals is part memoir and part sociological analysis. It?s an honest, well-researched look at how batshit crazy modern American parenting has become. The book starts when Kim Brook...

    Kim Brooks?s Small Animals is a personal and honest look at dealing with the ?moral panics? of raising a child. It is a good read from a writer with a strong voice, but it didn?t go far enough in completing many of the viable arguments. For the full review: https://paulspick...

    This is possibly the best book I've read all year. Brooks captures perfectly what it is like to be a parent in modern-day America, how the majority of your decisions are spurred by fear ? fear of what will happen to your child if you don't do everything correctly and/or fear of what ...

    This book spoke to me. As a mother, this book spoke to me. As a millennial, this book spoke to me. As a member of society, this book spoke to me. I want to hand this book out to all of the parents I know and tell them to read it now - and then some! . True Story. Nonfiction: Author ...

    Even though there is a large memoir aspect to this book, I think it's an extremely important nonfiction book about the current state of parenting in America. It's important from a sociological, psychological, and also legal perspective. As an attorney and as an American, I'm horrified ...

  • Kevin Clouther
    Mar 15, 2018

    Although I appreciated, in part, the message of this book, I am also conflicted in my feelings towards the author's view of her actions, which led to a pretty lengthy involvement with child welfare services. The premise of the book is that we treat our children as if they were made of ...

    True story 1: When my daughter was about eight, we walked past a car where a tween was reading a book with the windows down. My daughter gasped, worried about the kid being alone in the car, in the middle of a Safeway parking lot. "That was normal when I was growing up," I said. "I use...

    Having kids has always seemed to me to be a form of madness. Kim Brooks' book shows that if you were not already a little bonkers when you had kids, then virtually every feature of America's fear-filled, outrage-driven, misogynistic culture and hyper-competitive dedication to capitalis...

    I was at a target once and I saw a young mother in front of me in tears because the cops were coming for her for having left her kid in the car. An older woman had called the cops and the target employees were all on the other woman's side. I leapt to her defense. The kid was fine. It ...

    I only recently realized the extent to which helicopter parenting in America has become the norm, the expectation, sometimes even in the law of the land. That the definition of a ?good parent? now requires keeping an eye on your child at every moment. That kids? hanging out with ...

    Wow! This book resonated with me in a big way! As a mom of two now teens, I have lived through, and still experience many of the anxious feelings that Kim Brooks shares as she relates her experiences parenting in today's American society. The worries, pressures, expectations, and judgm...

    I got a free copy of this one from a goodreads giveaway. As a parent of three elementary school children whose parenting style has gone from helicopter (not necessarily by my choice, being a dad) to free-range over the last nine years, this book resonated. The author tells her story of...

    Structurally, this book is more effective than what I've seen in other parenting books, though one needn't be a parent to be moved. Because the author is a fiction writer, the narratives are thoughtful, well paced, and selective in detail. She complements these stories with interviews ...

  • Jamie
    Jan 05, 2018

    Although I appreciated, in part, the message of this book, I am also conflicted in my feelings towards the author's view of her actions, which led to a pretty lengthy involvement with child welfare services. The premise of the book is that we treat our children as if they were made of ...

    True story 1: When my daughter was about eight, we walked past a car where a tween was reading a book with the windows down. My daughter gasped, worried about the kid being alone in the car, in the middle of a Safeway parking lot. "That was normal when I was growing up," I said. "I use...

    Having kids has always seemed to me to be a form of madness. Kim Brooks' book shows that if you were not already a little bonkers when you had kids, then virtually every feature of America's fear-filled, outrage-driven, misogynistic culture and hyper-competitive dedication to capitalis...

    I was at a target once and I saw a young mother in front of me in tears because the cops were coming for her for having left her kid in the car. An older woman had called the cops and the target employees were all on the other woman's side. I leapt to her defense. The kid was fine. It ...

    I only recently realized the extent to which helicopter parenting in America has become the norm, the expectation, sometimes even in the law of the land. That the definition of a ?good parent? now requires keeping an eye on your child at every moment. That kids? hanging out with ...

    Wow! This book resonated with me in a big way! As a mom of two now teens, I have lived through, and still experience many of the anxious feelings that Kim Brooks shares as she relates her experiences parenting in today's American society. The worries, pressures, expectations, and judgm...

    I got a free copy of this one from a goodreads giveaway. As a parent of three elementary school children whose parenting style has gone from helicopter (not necessarily by my choice, being a dad) to free-range over the last nine years, this book resonated. The author tells her story of...

    Structurally, this book is more effective than what I've seen in other parenting books, though one needn't be a parent to be moved. Because the author is a fiction writer, the narratives are thoughtful, well paced, and selective in detail. She complements these stories with interviews ...

    This isn't a long read, but it packs a punch. Brooks recounts her personal story of being "caught" leaving her young son in the car, in a Target parking lot as she ran in to get headphones for their airplane flight that day. Someone recorded the child in the car unattended. Later she w...

    I devoured this book in one day yesterday and kept waking up during the night thinking about it. Small Animals is part memoir and part sociological analysis. It?s an honest, well-researched look at how batshit crazy modern American parenting has become. The book starts when Kim Brook...

    Kim Brooks?s Small Animals is a personal and honest look at dealing with the ?moral panics? of raising a child. It is a good read from a writer with a strong voice, but it didn?t go far enough in completing many of the viable arguments. For the full review: https://paulspick...

    This is possibly the best book I've read all year. Brooks captures perfectly what it is like to be a parent in modern-day America, how the majority of your decisions are spurred by fear ? fear of what will happen to your child if you don't do everything correctly and/or fear of what ...

    This book spoke to me. As a mother, this book spoke to me. As a millennial, this book spoke to me. As a member of society, this book spoke to me. I want to hand this book out to all of the parents I know and tell them to read it now - and then some! . True Story. Nonfiction: Author ...

    Even though there is a large memoir aspect to this book, I think it's an extremely important nonfiction book about the current state of parenting in America. It's important from a sociological, psychological, and also legal perspective. As an attorney and as an American, I'm horrified ...

    I think this book should be required reading for this day and age (along with Julie Lythcott-Haims' How to Raise an Adult). Kim Brooks went through a hell no parent should have to experience. One person was so judgmental about her parenting choice - to leave her 4-year-old child alone ...

    This book, like Kim Brooks's deft writing (she's also an essayist and novelist) grabs you by the throat and doesn't let you go till the final page. Much more than a memoir (although Brooks shares her personal story that led to the book), this book is a treatise on what happens when we ...

    Small Animals resonated so deeply with me. She shared the story with what happened with her son but also researched and explored the broader topic of how fear has become such a big part of how we parent in today?s society. Are we afraid to let our kids go out and explore, walk alone ...

    Well, this was an incredibly difficult book to review. I'm extremely grateful that Ms. Brooks shared her story of what happened after she left her 4 year old in a Target parking lot for a few minutes to grab a pair of headphones to prevent a toddler meltdown, provoking a stranger to re...

    One day when Kim Brooks decided to leave her four-year-old son in the car for a couple of minutes while she went into the store to grab something, a passerby filmed what was happening and reported her to the police. What followed was a year-long process of being condemned for her actio...

    I agree with the author in that we?re becoming too much of a helicopter parent generation. Her story was very interesting and from the few people I?ve discussed it with, everyone has very polarizing views on whether they would have done the same thing, in her position. I am findi...

    This is an excellent book for parents of children of any age. It's part memoir as the idea for the book starts with the author's personal story of getting arrested for leaving her son in the car alone for a few minutes. It then explores the history of parenting in America, and the psyc...

    This book didn't live up to its blurb. It seems to speak more to parents who lack confidence in their parenting, who really worry about keeping up with (and how they appear to) others. Although the author acknowledges her own privilege, there's still an icky layer of ableism and class...

    Essential reading in our panic-filled historical moment. Filled with great research and a compelling voice, this book explores how crazy things have gotten, how we got here and offers some thoughts on how we might make things better. Any parent or anyone who was a kid and remembers oth...

    I read this whole thing going, "YES." And, "I've been there!" And "get out of my brain, Kim. Get out!" Well researched but still very personal and engaging. ...

  • Cari
    Aug 20, 2018

    Although I appreciated, in part, the message of this book, I am also conflicted in my feelings towards the author's view of her actions, which led to a pretty lengthy involvement with child welfare services. The premise of the book is that we treat our children as if they were made of ...

    True story 1: When my daughter was about eight, we walked past a car where a tween was reading a book with the windows down. My daughter gasped, worried about the kid being alone in the car, in the middle of a Safeway parking lot. "That was normal when I was growing up," I said. "I use...

    Having kids has always seemed to me to be a form of madness. Kim Brooks' book shows that if you were not already a little bonkers when you had kids, then virtually every feature of America's fear-filled, outrage-driven, misogynistic culture and hyper-competitive dedication to capitalis...

    I was at a target once and I saw a young mother in front of me in tears because the cops were coming for her for having left her kid in the car. An older woman had called the cops and the target employees were all on the other woman's side. I leapt to her defense. The kid was fine. It ...

    I only recently realized the extent to which helicopter parenting in America has become the norm, the expectation, sometimes even in the law of the land. That the definition of a ?good parent? now requires keeping an eye on your child at every moment. That kids? hanging out with ...

    Wow! This book resonated with me in a big way! As a mom of two now teens, I have lived through, and still experience many of the anxious feelings that Kim Brooks shares as she relates her experiences parenting in today's American society. The worries, pressures, expectations, and judgm...

    I got a free copy of this one from a goodreads giveaway. As a parent of three elementary school children whose parenting style has gone from helicopter (not necessarily by my choice, being a dad) to free-range over the last nine years, this book resonated. The author tells her story of...

    Structurally, this book is more effective than what I've seen in other parenting books, though one needn't be a parent to be moved. Because the author is a fiction writer, the narratives are thoughtful, well paced, and selective in detail. She complements these stories with interviews ...

    This isn't a long read, but it packs a punch. Brooks recounts her personal story of being "caught" leaving her young son in the car, in a Target parking lot as she ran in to get headphones for their airplane flight that day. Someone recorded the child in the car unattended. Later she w...

    I devoured this book in one day yesterday and kept waking up during the night thinking about it. Small Animals is part memoir and part sociological analysis. It?s an honest, well-researched look at how batshit crazy modern American parenting has become. The book starts when Kim Brook...

    Kim Brooks?s Small Animals is a personal and honest look at dealing with the ?moral panics? of raising a child. It is a good read from a writer with a strong voice, but it didn?t go far enough in completing many of the viable arguments. For the full review: https://paulspick...

    This is possibly the best book I've read all year. Brooks captures perfectly what it is like to be a parent in modern-day America, how the majority of your decisions are spurred by fear ? fear of what will happen to your child if you don't do everything correctly and/or fear of what ...

    This book spoke to me. As a mother, this book spoke to me. As a millennial, this book spoke to me. As a member of society, this book spoke to me. I want to hand this book out to all of the parents I know and tell them to read it now - and then some! . True Story. Nonfiction: Author ...

    Even though there is a large memoir aspect to this book, I think it's an extremely important nonfiction book about the current state of parenting in America. It's important from a sociological, psychological, and also legal perspective. As an attorney and as an American, I'm horrified ...

    I think this book should be required reading for this day and age (along with Julie Lythcott-Haims' How to Raise an Adult). Kim Brooks went through a hell no parent should have to experience. One person was so judgmental about her parenting choice - to leave her 4-year-old child alone ...

  • Genevieve
    Dec 10, 2018

    Although I appreciated, in part, the message of this book, I am also conflicted in my feelings towards the author's view of her actions, which led to a pretty lengthy involvement with child welfare services. The premise of the book is that we treat our children as if they were made of ...

    True story 1: When my daughter was about eight, we walked past a car where a tween was reading a book with the windows down. My daughter gasped, worried about the kid being alone in the car, in the middle of a Safeway parking lot. "That was normal when I was growing up," I said. "I use...

    Having kids has always seemed to me to be a form of madness. Kim Brooks' book shows that if you were not already a little bonkers when you had kids, then virtually every feature of America's fear-filled, outrage-driven, misogynistic culture and hyper-competitive dedication to capitalis...

    I was at a target once and I saw a young mother in front of me in tears because the cops were coming for her for having left her kid in the car. An older woman had called the cops and the target employees were all on the other woman's side. I leapt to her defense. The kid was fine. It ...

    I only recently realized the extent to which helicopter parenting in America has become the norm, the expectation, sometimes even in the law of the land. That the definition of a ?good parent? now requires keeping an eye on your child at every moment. That kids? hanging out with ...

    Wow! This book resonated with me in a big way! As a mom of two now teens, I have lived through, and still experience many of the anxious feelings that Kim Brooks shares as she relates her experiences parenting in today's American society. The worries, pressures, expectations, and judgm...

    I got a free copy of this one from a goodreads giveaway. As a parent of three elementary school children whose parenting style has gone from helicopter (not necessarily by my choice, being a dad) to free-range over the last nine years, this book resonated. The author tells her story of...

    Structurally, this book is more effective than what I've seen in other parenting books, though one needn't be a parent to be moved. Because the author is a fiction writer, the narratives are thoughtful, well paced, and selective in detail. She complements these stories with interviews ...

    This isn't a long read, but it packs a punch. Brooks recounts her personal story of being "caught" leaving her young son in the car, in a Target parking lot as she ran in to get headphones for their airplane flight that day. Someone recorded the child in the car unattended. Later she w...

    I devoured this book in one day yesterday and kept waking up during the night thinking about it. Small Animals is part memoir and part sociological analysis. It?s an honest, well-researched look at how batshit crazy modern American parenting has become. The book starts when Kim Brook...

    Kim Brooks?s Small Animals is a personal and honest look at dealing with the ?moral panics? of raising a child. It is a good read from a writer with a strong voice, but it didn?t go far enough in completing many of the viable arguments. For the full review: https://paulspick...

    This is possibly the best book I've read all year. Brooks captures perfectly what it is like to be a parent in modern-day America, how the majority of your decisions are spurred by fear ? fear of what will happen to your child if you don't do everything correctly and/or fear of what ...

    This book spoke to me. As a mother, this book spoke to me. As a millennial, this book spoke to me. As a member of society, this book spoke to me. I want to hand this book out to all of the parents I know and tell them to read it now - and then some! . True Story. Nonfiction: Author ...

    Even though there is a large memoir aspect to this book, I think it's an extremely important nonfiction book about the current state of parenting in America. It's important from a sociological, psychological, and also legal perspective. As an attorney and as an American, I'm horrified ...

    I think this book should be required reading for this day and age (along with Julie Lythcott-Haims' How to Raise an Adult). Kim Brooks went through a hell no parent should have to experience. One person was so judgmental about her parenting choice - to leave her 4-year-old child alone ...

    This book, like Kim Brooks's deft writing (she's also an essayist and novelist) grabs you by the throat and doesn't let you go till the final page. Much more than a memoir (although Brooks shares her personal story that led to the book), this book is a treatise on what happens when we ...

    Small Animals resonated so deeply with me. She shared the story with what happened with her son but also researched and explored the broader topic of how fear has become such a big part of how we parent in today?s society. Are we afraid to let our kids go out and explore, walk alone ...

  • Jake
    Apr 12, 2018

    Although I appreciated, in part, the message of this book, I am also conflicted in my feelings towards the author's view of her actions, which led to a pretty lengthy involvement with child welfare services. The premise of the book is that we treat our children as if they were made of ...

    True story 1: When my daughter was about eight, we walked past a car where a tween was reading a book with the windows down. My daughter gasped, worried about the kid being alone in the car, in the middle of a Safeway parking lot. "That was normal when I was growing up," I said. "I use...

    Having kids has always seemed to me to be a form of madness. Kim Brooks' book shows that if you were not already a little bonkers when you had kids, then virtually every feature of America's fear-filled, outrage-driven, misogynistic culture and hyper-competitive dedication to capitalis...

    I was at a target once and I saw a young mother in front of me in tears because the cops were coming for her for having left her kid in the car. An older woman had called the cops and the target employees were all on the other woman's side. I leapt to her defense. The kid was fine. It ...

    I only recently realized the extent to which helicopter parenting in America has become the norm, the expectation, sometimes even in the law of the land. That the definition of a ?good parent? now requires keeping an eye on your child at every moment. That kids? hanging out with ...

    Wow! This book resonated with me in a big way! As a mom of two now teens, I have lived through, and still experience many of the anxious feelings that Kim Brooks shares as she relates her experiences parenting in today's American society. The worries, pressures, expectations, and judgm...

    I got a free copy of this one from a goodreads giveaway. As a parent of three elementary school children whose parenting style has gone from helicopter (not necessarily by my choice, being a dad) to free-range over the last nine years, this book resonated. The author tells her story of...

  • Monika
    May 17, 2018

    Although I appreciated, in part, the message of this book, I am also conflicted in my feelings towards the author's view of her actions, which led to a pretty lengthy involvement with child welfare services. The premise of the book is that we treat our children as if they were made of ...

    True story 1: When my daughter was about eight, we walked past a car where a tween was reading a book with the windows down. My daughter gasped, worried about the kid being alone in the car, in the middle of a Safeway parking lot. "That was normal when I was growing up," I said. "I use...

    Having kids has always seemed to me to be a form of madness. Kim Brooks' book shows that if you were not already a little bonkers when you had kids, then virtually every feature of America's fear-filled, outrage-driven, misogynistic culture and hyper-competitive dedication to capitalis...

    I was at a target once and I saw a young mother in front of me in tears because the cops were coming for her for having left her kid in the car. An older woman had called the cops and the target employees were all on the other woman's side. I leapt to her defense. The kid was fine. It ...

    I only recently realized the extent to which helicopter parenting in America has become the norm, the expectation, sometimes even in the law of the land. That the definition of a ?good parent? now requires keeping an eye on your child at every moment. That kids? hanging out with ...

    Wow! This book resonated with me in a big way! As a mom of two now teens, I have lived through, and still experience many of the anxious feelings that Kim Brooks shares as she relates her experiences parenting in today's American society. The worries, pressures, expectations, and judgm...

    I got a free copy of this one from a goodreads giveaway. As a parent of three elementary school children whose parenting style has gone from helicopter (not necessarily by my choice, being a dad) to free-range over the last nine years, this book resonated. The author tells her story of...

    Structurally, this book is more effective than what I've seen in other parenting books, though one needn't be a parent to be moved. Because the author is a fiction writer, the narratives are thoughtful, well paced, and selective in detail. She complements these stories with interviews ...

    This isn't a long read, but it packs a punch. Brooks recounts her personal story of being "caught" leaving her young son in the car, in a Target parking lot as she ran in to get headphones for their airplane flight that day. Someone recorded the child in the car unattended. Later she w...

    I devoured this book in one day yesterday and kept waking up during the night thinking about it. Small Animals is part memoir and part sociological analysis. It?s an honest, well-researched look at how batshit crazy modern American parenting has become. The book starts when Kim Brook...

    Kim Brooks?s Small Animals is a personal and honest look at dealing with the ?moral panics? of raising a child. It is a good read from a writer with a strong voice, but it didn?t go far enough in completing many of the viable arguments. For the full review: https://paulspick...

    This is possibly the best book I've read all year. Brooks captures perfectly what it is like to be a parent in modern-day America, how the majority of your decisions are spurred by fear ? fear of what will happen to your child if you don't do everything correctly and/or fear of what ...

    This book spoke to me. As a mother, this book spoke to me. As a millennial, this book spoke to me. As a member of society, this book spoke to me. I want to hand this book out to all of the parents I know and tell them to read it now - and then some! . True Story. Nonfiction: Author ...

    Even though there is a large memoir aspect to this book, I think it's an extremely important nonfiction book about the current state of parenting in America. It's important from a sociological, psychological, and also legal perspective. As an attorney and as an American, I'm horrified ...

    I think this book should be required reading for this day and age (along with Julie Lythcott-Haims' How to Raise an Adult). Kim Brooks went through a hell no parent should have to experience. One person was so judgmental about her parenting choice - to leave her 4-year-old child alone ...

    This book, like Kim Brooks's deft writing (she's also an essayist and novelist) grabs you by the throat and doesn't let you go till the final page. Much more than a memoir (although Brooks shares her personal story that led to the book), this book is a treatise on what happens when we ...

    Small Animals resonated so deeply with me. She shared the story with what happened with her son but also researched and explored the broader topic of how fear has become such a big part of how we parent in today?s society. Are we afraid to let our kids go out and explore, walk alone ...

    Well, this was an incredibly difficult book to review. I'm extremely grateful that Ms. Brooks shared her story of what happened after she left her 4 year old in a Target parking lot for a few minutes to grab a pair of headphones to prevent a toddler meltdown, provoking a stranger to re...

    One day when Kim Brooks decided to leave her four-year-old son in the car for a couple of minutes while she went into the store to grab something, a passerby filmed what was happening and reported her to the police. What followed was a year-long process of being condemned for her actio...

    I agree with the author in that we?re becoming too much of a helicopter parent generation. Her story was very interesting and from the few people I?ve discussed it with, everyone has very polarizing views on whether they would have done the same thing, in her position. I am findi...

    This is an excellent book for parents of children of any age. It's part memoir as the idea for the book starts with the author's personal story of getting arrested for leaving her son in the car alone for a few minutes. It then explores the history of parenting in America, and the psyc...

    This book didn't live up to its blurb. It seems to speak more to parents who lack confidence in their parenting, who really worry about keeping up with (and how they appear to) others. Although the author acknowledges her own privilege, there's still an icky layer of ableism and class...

  • Emma Deplores Goodreads Censorship
    Sep 05, 2018

    Although I appreciated, in part, the message of this book, I am also conflicted in my feelings towards the author's view of her actions, which led to a pretty lengthy involvement with child welfare services. The premise of the book is that we treat our children as if they were made of ...

    True story 1: When my daughter was about eight, we walked past a car where a tween was reading a book with the windows down. My daughter gasped, worried about the kid being alone in the car, in the middle of a Safeway parking lot. "That was normal when I was growing up," I said. "I use...

    Having kids has always seemed to me to be a form of madness. Kim Brooks' book shows that if you were not already a little bonkers when you had kids, then virtually every feature of America's fear-filled, outrage-driven, misogynistic culture and hyper-competitive dedication to capitalis...

    I was at a target once and I saw a young mother in front of me in tears because the cops were coming for her for having left her kid in the car. An older woman had called the cops and the target employees were all on the other woman's side. I leapt to her defense. The kid was fine. It ...

    I only recently realized the extent to which helicopter parenting in America has become the norm, the expectation, sometimes even in the law of the land. That the definition of a ?good parent? now requires keeping an eye on your child at every moment. That kids? hanging out with ...

  • Shelley
    Mar 30, 2018

    Although I appreciated, in part, the message of this book, I am also conflicted in my feelings towards the author's view of her actions, which led to a pretty lengthy involvement with child welfare services. The premise of the book is that we treat our children as if they were made of ...

    True story 1: When my daughter was about eight, we walked past a car where a tween was reading a book with the windows down. My daughter gasped, worried about the kid being alone in the car, in the middle of a Safeway parking lot. "That was normal when I was growing up," I said. "I use...

  • Lisa
    Nov 01, 2018

    Although I appreciated, in part, the message of this book, I am also conflicted in my feelings towards the author's view of her actions, which led to a pretty lengthy involvement with child welfare services. The premise of the book is that we treat our children as if they were made of ...

    True story 1: When my daughter was about eight, we walked past a car where a tween was reading a book with the windows down. My daughter gasped, worried about the kid being alone in the car, in the middle of a Safeway parking lot. "That was normal when I was growing up," I said. "I use...

    Having kids has always seemed to me to be a form of madness. Kim Brooks' book shows that if you were not already a little bonkers when you had kids, then virtually every feature of America's fear-filled, outrage-driven, misogynistic culture and hyper-competitive dedication to capitalis...

    I was at a target once and I saw a young mother in front of me in tears because the cops were coming for her for having left her kid in the car. An older woman had called the cops and the target employees were all on the other woman's side. I leapt to her defense. The kid was fine. It ...

    I only recently realized the extent to which helicopter parenting in America has become the norm, the expectation, sometimes even in the law of the land. That the definition of a ?good parent? now requires keeping an eye on your child at every moment. That kids? hanging out with ...

    Wow! This book resonated with me in a big way! As a mom of two now teens, I have lived through, and still experience many of the anxious feelings that Kim Brooks shares as she relates her experiences parenting in today's American society. The worries, pressures, expectations, and judgm...

    I got a free copy of this one from a goodreads giveaway. As a parent of three elementary school children whose parenting style has gone from helicopter (not necessarily by my choice, being a dad) to free-range over the last nine years, this book resonated. The author tells her story of...

    Structurally, this book is more effective than what I've seen in other parenting books, though one needn't be a parent to be moved. Because the author is a fiction writer, the narratives are thoughtful, well paced, and selective in detail. She complements these stories with interviews ...

    This isn't a long read, but it packs a punch. Brooks recounts her personal story of being "caught" leaving her young son in the car, in a Target parking lot as she ran in to get headphones for their airplane flight that day. Someone recorded the child in the car unattended. Later she w...

    I devoured this book in one day yesterday and kept waking up during the night thinking about it. Small Animals is part memoir and part sociological analysis. It?s an honest, well-researched look at how batshit crazy modern American parenting has become. The book starts when Kim Brook...

    Kim Brooks?s Small Animals is a personal and honest look at dealing with the ?moral panics? of raising a child. It is a good read from a writer with a strong voice, but it didn?t go far enough in completing many of the viable arguments. For the full review: https://paulspick...

    This is possibly the best book I've read all year. Brooks captures perfectly what it is like to be a parent in modern-day America, how the majority of your decisions are spurred by fear ? fear of what will happen to your child if you don't do everything correctly and/or fear of what ...

    This book spoke to me. As a mother, this book spoke to me. As a millennial, this book spoke to me. As a member of society, this book spoke to me. I want to hand this book out to all of the parents I know and tell them to read it now - and then some! . True Story. Nonfiction: Author ...

    Even though there is a large memoir aspect to this book, I think it's an extremely important nonfiction book about the current state of parenting in America. It's important from a sociological, psychological, and also legal perspective. As an attorney and as an American, I'm horrified ...

    I think this book should be required reading for this day and age (along with Julie Lythcott-Haims' How to Raise an Adult). Kim Brooks went through a hell no parent should have to experience. One person was so judgmental about her parenting choice - to leave her 4-year-old child alone ...

    This book, like Kim Brooks's deft writing (she's also an essayist and novelist) grabs you by the throat and doesn't let you go till the final page. Much more than a memoir (although Brooks shares her personal story that led to the book), this book is a treatise on what happens when we ...

    Small Animals resonated so deeply with me. She shared the story with what happened with her son but also researched and explored the broader topic of how fear has become such a big part of how we parent in today?s society. Are we afraid to let our kids go out and explore, walk alone ...

    Well, this was an incredibly difficult book to review. I'm extremely grateful that Ms. Brooks shared her story of what happened after she left her 4 year old in a Target parking lot for a few minutes to grab a pair of headphones to prevent a toddler meltdown, provoking a stranger to re...

    One day when Kim Brooks decided to leave her four-year-old son in the car for a couple of minutes while she went into the store to grab something, a passerby filmed what was happening and reported her to the police. What followed was a year-long process of being condemned for her actio...

    I agree with the author in that we?re becoming too much of a helicopter parent generation. Her story was very interesting and from the few people I?ve discussed it with, everyone has very polarizing views on whether they would have done the same thing, in her position. I am findi...

    This is an excellent book for parents of children of any age. It's part memoir as the idea for the book starts with the author's personal story of getting arrested for leaving her son in the car alone for a few minutes. It then explores the history of parenting in America, and the psyc...

    This book didn't live up to its blurb. It seems to speak more to parents who lack confidence in their parenting, who really worry about keeping up with (and how they appear to) others. Although the author acknowledges her own privilege, there's still an icky layer of ableism and class...

    Essential reading in our panic-filled historical moment. Filled with great research and a compelling voice, this book explores how crazy things have gotten, how we got here and offers some thoughts on how we might make things better. Any parent or anyone who was a kid and remembers oth...

    I read this whole thing going, "YES." And, "I've been there!" And "get out of my brain, Kim. Get out!" Well researched but still very personal and engaging. ...

    Well researched and riveting. I would recommend this book to parents and grandparents both, providing insight into shaming and success. ...

    Brooks is a journalist and also a parent; she is nearly sent to prison for having permitted her son to remain in the car watching a video while she bopped in to a big box store to purchase headphones. The experience provided a catalyst for discussions and research she has done on struc...

    "...statistically speaking, it would likely take 750,000 years for a child left alone in a public space to be snatched by a stranger. So there is some risk to leaving your kid in a car. It might not be statistically meaningful, but it's not nonexistent. The problem is, there's some ris...

    Muy interesante reflexión sobre la maternidad hoy en día. Kim Brooks es una escritora que un día dejó a su hijo de 4 años jugando con su ipad por unos cuantos minutos, mientras corría a un supermercado a comprarle algo. Una persona la vio y la denunció a las autoridades. El mal...

    I?m not really sure the point that Small Animals was trying to make so I find it hard to write a fair review. I think that I am not the parent this book was speaking to. I found it a bit scattered as she told her own story, defended her mistake, but also seemed to believe what she di...

  • Lindsey
    Apr 29, 2018

    Although I appreciated, in part, the message of this book, I am also conflicted in my feelings towards the author's view of her actions, which led to a pretty lengthy involvement with child welfare services. The premise of the book is that we treat our children as if they were made of ...

  • Sarah
    Apr 03, 2018

    Although I appreciated, in part, the message of this book, I am also conflicted in my feelings towards the author's view of her actions, which led to a pretty lengthy involvement with child welfare services. The premise of the book is that we treat our children as if they were made of ...

    True story 1: When my daughter was about eight, we walked past a car where a tween was reading a book with the windows down. My daughter gasped, worried about the kid being alone in the car, in the middle of a Safeway parking lot. "That was normal when I was growing up," I said. "I use...

    Having kids has always seemed to me to be a form of madness. Kim Brooks' book shows that if you were not already a little bonkers when you had kids, then virtually every feature of America's fear-filled, outrage-driven, misogynistic culture and hyper-competitive dedication to capitalis...

    I was at a target once and I saw a young mother in front of me in tears because the cops were coming for her for having left her kid in the car. An older woman had called the cops and the target employees were all on the other woman's side. I leapt to her defense. The kid was fine. It ...

    I only recently realized the extent to which helicopter parenting in America has become the norm, the expectation, sometimes even in the law of the land. That the definition of a ?good parent? now requires keeping an eye on your child at every moment. That kids? hanging out with ...

    Wow! This book resonated with me in a big way! As a mom of two now teens, I have lived through, and still experience many of the anxious feelings that Kim Brooks shares as she relates her experiences parenting in today's American society. The worries, pressures, expectations, and judgm...

    I got a free copy of this one from a goodreads giveaway. As a parent of three elementary school children whose parenting style has gone from helicopter (not necessarily by my choice, being a dad) to free-range over the last nine years, this book resonated. The author tells her story of...

    Structurally, this book is more effective than what I've seen in other parenting books, though one needn't be a parent to be moved. Because the author is a fiction writer, the narratives are thoughtful, well paced, and selective in detail. She complements these stories with interviews ...

    This isn't a long read, but it packs a punch. Brooks recounts her personal story of being "caught" leaving her young son in the car, in a Target parking lot as she ran in to get headphones for their airplane flight that day. Someone recorded the child in the car unattended. Later she w...

    I devoured this book in one day yesterday and kept waking up during the night thinking about it. Small Animals is part memoir and part sociological analysis. It?s an honest, well-researched look at how batshit crazy modern American parenting has become. The book starts when Kim Brook...

    Kim Brooks?s Small Animals is a personal and honest look at dealing with the ?moral panics? of raising a child. It is a good read from a writer with a strong voice, but it didn?t go far enough in completing many of the viable arguments. For the full review: https://paulspick...

    This is possibly the best book I've read all year. Brooks captures perfectly what it is like to be a parent in modern-day America, how the majority of your decisions are spurred by fear ? fear of what will happen to your child if you don't do everything correctly and/or fear of what ...

    This book spoke to me. As a mother, this book spoke to me. As a millennial, this book spoke to me. As a member of society, this book spoke to me. I want to hand this book out to all of the parents I know and tell them to read it now - and then some! . True Story. Nonfiction: Author ...

    Even though there is a large memoir aspect to this book, I think it's an extremely important nonfiction book about the current state of parenting in America. It's important from a sociological, psychological, and also legal perspective. As an attorney and as an American, I'm horrified ...

    I think this book should be required reading for this day and age (along with Julie Lythcott-Haims' How to Raise an Adult). Kim Brooks went through a hell no parent should have to experience. One person was so judgmental about her parenting choice - to leave her 4-year-old child alone ...

    This book, like Kim Brooks's deft writing (she's also an essayist and novelist) grabs you by the throat and doesn't let you go till the final page. Much more than a memoir (although Brooks shares her personal story that led to the book), this book is a treatise on what happens when we ...

    Small Animals resonated so deeply with me. She shared the story with what happened with her son but also researched and explored the broader topic of how fear has become such a big part of how we parent in today?s society. Are we afraid to let our kids go out and explore, walk alone ...

    Well, this was an incredibly difficult book to review. I'm extremely grateful that Ms. Brooks shared her story of what happened after she left her 4 year old in a Target parking lot for a few minutes to grab a pair of headphones to prevent a toddler meltdown, provoking a stranger to re...

    One day when Kim Brooks decided to leave her four-year-old son in the car for a couple of minutes while she went into the store to grab something, a passerby filmed what was happening and reported her to the police. What followed was a year-long process of being condemned for her actio...

    I agree with the author in that we?re becoming too much of a helicopter parent generation. Her story was very interesting and from the few people I?ve discussed it with, everyone has very polarizing views on whether they would have done the same thing, in her position. I am findi...

    This is an excellent book for parents of children of any age. It's part memoir as the idea for the book starts with the author's personal story of getting arrested for leaving her son in the car alone for a few minutes. It then explores the history of parenting in America, and the psyc...

  • Carolyn
    Aug 22, 2018

    Although I appreciated, in part, the message of this book, I am also conflicted in my feelings towards the author's view of her actions, which led to a pretty lengthy involvement with child welfare services. The premise of the book is that we treat our children as if they were made of ...

    True story 1: When my daughter was about eight, we walked past a car where a tween was reading a book with the windows down. My daughter gasped, worried about the kid being alone in the car, in the middle of a Safeway parking lot. "That was normal when I was growing up," I said. "I use...

    Having kids has always seemed to me to be a form of madness. Kim Brooks' book shows that if you were not already a little bonkers when you had kids, then virtually every feature of America's fear-filled, outrage-driven, misogynistic culture and hyper-competitive dedication to capitalis...

    I was at a target once and I saw a young mother in front of me in tears because the cops were coming for her for having left her kid in the car. An older woman had called the cops and the target employees were all on the other woman's side. I leapt to her defense. The kid was fine. It ...

    I only recently realized the extent to which helicopter parenting in America has become the norm, the expectation, sometimes even in the law of the land. That the definition of a ?good parent? now requires keeping an eye on your child at every moment. That kids? hanging out with ...

    Wow! This book resonated with me in a big way! As a mom of two now teens, I have lived through, and still experience many of the anxious feelings that Kim Brooks shares as she relates her experiences parenting in today's American society. The worries, pressures, expectations, and judgm...

    I got a free copy of this one from a goodreads giveaway. As a parent of three elementary school children whose parenting style has gone from helicopter (not necessarily by my choice, being a dad) to free-range over the last nine years, this book resonated. The author tells her story of...

    Structurally, this book is more effective than what I've seen in other parenting books, though one needn't be a parent to be moved. Because the author is a fiction writer, the narratives are thoughtful, well paced, and selective in detail. She complements these stories with interviews ...

    This isn't a long read, but it packs a punch. Brooks recounts her personal story of being "caught" leaving her young son in the car, in a Target parking lot as she ran in to get headphones for their airplane flight that day. Someone recorded the child in the car unattended. Later she w...

    I devoured this book in one day yesterday and kept waking up during the night thinking about it. Small Animals is part memoir and part sociological analysis. It?s an honest, well-researched look at how batshit crazy modern American parenting has become. The book starts when Kim Brook...

    Kim Brooks?s Small Animals is a personal and honest look at dealing with the ?moral panics? of raising a child. It is a good read from a writer with a strong voice, but it didn?t go far enough in completing many of the viable arguments. For the full review: https://paulspick...

    This is possibly the best book I've read all year. Brooks captures perfectly what it is like to be a parent in modern-day America, how the majority of your decisions are spurred by fear ? fear of what will happen to your child if you don't do everything correctly and/or fear of what ...

    This book spoke to me. As a mother, this book spoke to me. As a millennial, this book spoke to me. As a member of society, this book spoke to me. I want to hand this book out to all of the parents I know and tell them to read it now - and then some! . True Story. Nonfiction: Author ...

  • Jose Luis (Liantener)
    Oct 29, 2018

    Although I appreciated, in part, the message of this book, I am also conflicted in my feelings towards the author's view of her actions, which led to a pretty lengthy involvement with child welfare services. The premise of the book is that we treat our children as if they were made of ...

    True story 1: When my daughter was about eight, we walked past a car where a tween was reading a book with the windows down. My daughter gasped, worried about the kid being alone in the car, in the middle of a Safeway parking lot. "That was normal when I was growing up," I said. "I use...

    Having kids has always seemed to me to be a form of madness. Kim Brooks' book shows that if you were not already a little bonkers when you had kids, then virtually every feature of America's fear-filled, outrage-driven, misogynistic culture and hyper-competitive dedication to capitalis...

    I was at a target once and I saw a young mother in front of me in tears because the cops were coming for her for having left her kid in the car. An older woman had called the cops and the target employees were all on the other woman's side. I leapt to her defense. The kid was fine. It ...

    I only recently realized the extent to which helicopter parenting in America has become the norm, the expectation, sometimes even in the law of the land. That the definition of a ?good parent? now requires keeping an eye on your child at every moment. That kids? hanging out with ...

    Wow! This book resonated with me in a big way! As a mom of two now teens, I have lived through, and still experience many of the anxious feelings that Kim Brooks shares as she relates her experiences parenting in today's American society. The worries, pressures, expectations, and judgm...

    I got a free copy of this one from a goodreads giveaway. As a parent of three elementary school children whose parenting style has gone from helicopter (not necessarily by my choice, being a dad) to free-range over the last nine years, this book resonated. The author tells her story of...

    Structurally, this book is more effective than what I've seen in other parenting books, though one needn't be a parent to be moved. Because the author is a fiction writer, the narratives are thoughtful, well paced, and selective in detail. She complements these stories with interviews ...

    This isn't a long read, but it packs a punch. Brooks recounts her personal story of being "caught" leaving her young son in the car, in a Target parking lot as she ran in to get headphones for their airplane flight that day. Someone recorded the child in the car unattended. Later she w...

    I devoured this book in one day yesterday and kept waking up during the night thinking about it. Small Animals is part memoir and part sociological analysis. It?s an honest, well-researched look at how batshit crazy modern American parenting has become. The book starts when Kim Brook...

    Kim Brooks?s Small Animals is a personal and honest look at dealing with the ?moral panics? of raising a child. It is a good read from a writer with a strong voice, but it didn?t go far enough in completing many of the viable arguments. For the full review: https://paulspick...

    This is possibly the best book I've read all year. Brooks captures perfectly what it is like to be a parent in modern-day America, how the majority of your decisions are spurred by fear ? fear of what will happen to your child if you don't do everything correctly and/or fear of what ...

    This book spoke to me. As a mother, this book spoke to me. As a millennial, this book spoke to me. As a member of society, this book spoke to me. I want to hand this book out to all of the parents I know and tell them to read it now - and then some! . True Story. Nonfiction: Author ...

    Even though there is a large memoir aspect to this book, I think it's an extremely important nonfiction book about the current state of parenting in America. It's important from a sociological, psychological, and also legal perspective. As an attorney and as an American, I'm horrified ...

    I think this book should be required reading for this day and age (along with Julie Lythcott-Haims' How to Raise an Adult). Kim Brooks went through a hell no parent should have to experience. One person was so judgmental about her parenting choice - to leave her 4-year-old child alone ...

    This book, like Kim Brooks's deft writing (she's also an essayist and novelist) grabs you by the throat and doesn't let you go till the final page. Much more than a memoir (although Brooks shares her personal story that led to the book), this book is a treatise on what happens when we ...

    Small Animals resonated so deeply with me. She shared the story with what happened with her son but also researched and explored the broader topic of how fear has become such a big part of how we parent in today?s society. Are we afraid to let our kids go out and explore, walk alone ...

    Well, this was an incredibly difficult book to review. I'm extremely grateful that Ms. Brooks shared her story of what happened after she left her 4 year old in a Target parking lot for a few minutes to grab a pair of headphones to prevent a toddler meltdown, provoking a stranger to re...

    One day when Kim Brooks decided to leave her four-year-old son in the car for a couple of minutes while she went into the store to grab something, a passerby filmed what was happening and reported her to the police. What followed was a year-long process of being condemned for her actio...

    I agree with the author in that we?re becoming too much of a helicopter parent generation. Her story was very interesting and from the few people I?ve discussed it with, everyone has very polarizing views on whether they would have done the same thing, in her position. I am findi...

    This is an excellent book for parents of children of any age. It's part memoir as the idea for the book starts with the author's personal story of getting arrested for leaving her son in the car alone for a few minutes. It then explores the history of parenting in America, and the psyc...

    This book didn't live up to its blurb. It seems to speak more to parents who lack confidence in their parenting, who really worry about keeping up with (and how they appear to) others. Although the author acknowledges her own privilege, there's still an icky layer of ableism and class...

    Essential reading in our panic-filled historical moment. Filled with great research and a compelling voice, this book explores how crazy things have gotten, how we got here and offers some thoughts on how we might make things better. Any parent or anyone who was a kid and remembers oth...

    I read this whole thing going, "YES." And, "I've been there!" And "get out of my brain, Kim. Get out!" Well researched but still very personal and engaging. ...

    Well researched and riveting. I would recommend this book to parents and grandparents both, providing insight into shaming and success. ...

    Brooks is a journalist and also a parent; she is nearly sent to prison for having permitted her son to remain in the car watching a video while she bopped in to a big box store to purchase headphones. The experience provided a catalyst for discussions and research she has done on struc...

    "...statistically speaking, it would likely take 750,000 years for a child left alone in a public space to be snatched by a stranger. So there is some risk to leaving your kid in a car. It might not be statistically meaningful, but it's not nonexistent. The problem is, there's some ris...

    Muy interesante reflexión sobre la maternidad hoy en día. Kim Brooks es una escritora que un día dejó a su hijo de 4 años jugando con su ipad por unos cuantos minutos, mientras corría a un supermercado a comprarle algo. Una persona la vio y la denunció a las autoridades. El mal...

  • Paul
    Aug 07, 2018

    Although I appreciated, in part, the message of this book, I am also conflicted in my feelings towards the author's view of her actions, which led to a pretty lengthy involvement with child welfare services. The premise of the book is that we treat our children as if they were made of ...

    True story 1: When my daughter was about eight, we walked past a car where a tween was reading a book with the windows down. My daughter gasped, worried about the kid being alone in the car, in the middle of a Safeway parking lot. "That was normal when I was growing up," I said. "I use...

    Having kids has always seemed to me to be a form of madness. Kim Brooks' book shows that if you were not already a little bonkers when you had kids, then virtually every feature of America's fear-filled, outrage-driven, misogynistic culture and hyper-competitive dedication to capitalis...

    I was at a target once and I saw a young mother in front of me in tears because the cops were coming for her for having left her kid in the car. An older woman had called the cops and the target employees were all on the other woman's side. I leapt to her defense. The kid was fine. It ...

    I only recently realized the extent to which helicopter parenting in America has become the norm, the expectation, sometimes even in the law of the land. That the definition of a ?good parent? now requires keeping an eye on your child at every moment. That kids? hanging out with ...

    Wow! This book resonated with me in a big way! As a mom of two now teens, I have lived through, and still experience many of the anxious feelings that Kim Brooks shares as she relates her experiences parenting in today's American society. The worries, pressures, expectations, and judgm...

    I got a free copy of this one from a goodreads giveaway. As a parent of three elementary school children whose parenting style has gone from helicopter (not necessarily by my choice, being a dad) to free-range over the last nine years, this book resonated. The author tells her story of...

    Structurally, this book is more effective than what I've seen in other parenting books, though one needn't be a parent to be moved. Because the author is a fiction writer, the narratives are thoughtful, well paced, and selective in detail. She complements these stories with interviews ...

    This isn't a long read, but it packs a punch. Brooks recounts her personal story of being "caught" leaving her young son in the car, in a Target parking lot as she ran in to get headphones for their airplane flight that day. Someone recorded the child in the car unattended. Later she w...

    I devoured this book in one day yesterday and kept waking up during the night thinking about it. Small Animals is part memoir and part sociological analysis. It?s an honest, well-researched look at how batshit crazy modern American parenting has become. The book starts when Kim Brook...

    Kim Brooks?s Small Animals is a personal and honest look at dealing with the ?moral panics? of raising a child. It is a good read from a writer with a strong voice, but it didn?t go far enough in completing many of the viable arguments. For the full review: https://paulspick...

  • Joy Matteson
    Oct 03, 2018

    Although I appreciated, in part, the message of this book, I am also conflicted in my feelings towards the author's view of her actions, which led to a pretty lengthy involvement with child welfare services. The premise of the book is that we treat our children as if they were made of ...

    True story 1: When my daughter was about eight, we walked past a car where a tween was reading a book with the windows down. My daughter gasped, worried about the kid being alone in the car, in the middle of a Safeway parking lot. "That was normal when I was growing up," I said. "I use...

    Having kids has always seemed to me to be a form of madness. Kim Brooks' book shows that if you were not already a little bonkers when you had kids, then virtually every feature of America's fear-filled, outrage-driven, misogynistic culture and hyper-competitive dedication to capitalis...

    I was at a target once and I saw a young mother in front of me in tears because the cops were coming for her for having left her kid in the car. An older woman had called the cops and the target employees were all on the other woman's side. I leapt to her defense. The kid was fine. It ...

    I only recently realized the extent to which helicopter parenting in America has become the norm, the expectation, sometimes even in the law of the land. That the definition of a ?good parent? now requires keeping an eye on your child at every moment. That kids? hanging out with ...

    Wow! This book resonated with me in a big way! As a mom of two now teens, I have lived through, and still experience many of the anxious feelings that Kim Brooks shares as she relates her experiences parenting in today's American society. The worries, pressures, expectations, and judgm...

    I got a free copy of this one from a goodreads giveaway. As a parent of three elementary school children whose parenting style has gone from helicopter (not necessarily by my choice, being a dad) to free-range over the last nine years, this book resonated. The author tells her story of...

    Structurally, this book is more effective than what I've seen in other parenting books, though one needn't be a parent to be moved. Because the author is a fiction writer, the narratives are thoughtful, well paced, and selective in detail. She complements these stories with interviews ...

    This isn't a long read, but it packs a punch. Brooks recounts her personal story of being "caught" leaving her young son in the car, in a Target parking lot as she ran in to get headphones for their airplane flight that day. Someone recorded the child in the car unattended. Later she w...

    I devoured this book in one day yesterday and kept waking up during the night thinking about it. Small Animals is part memoir and part sociological analysis. It?s an honest, well-researched look at how batshit crazy modern American parenting has become. The book starts when Kim Brook...

    Kim Brooks?s Small Animals is a personal and honest look at dealing with the ?moral panics? of raising a child. It is a good read from a writer with a strong voice, but it didn?t go far enough in completing many of the viable arguments. For the full review: https://paulspick...

    This is possibly the best book I've read all year. Brooks captures perfectly what it is like to be a parent in modern-day America, how the majority of your decisions are spurred by fear ? fear of what will happen to your child if you don't do everything correctly and/or fear of what ...

    This book spoke to me. As a mother, this book spoke to me. As a millennial, this book spoke to me. As a member of society, this book spoke to me. I want to hand this book out to all of the parents I know and tell them to read it now - and then some! . True Story. Nonfiction: Author ...

    Even though there is a large memoir aspect to this book, I think it's an extremely important nonfiction book about the current state of parenting in America. It's important from a sociological, psychological, and also legal perspective. As an attorney and as an American, I'm horrified ...

    I think this book should be required reading for this day and age (along with Julie Lythcott-Haims' How to Raise an Adult). Kim Brooks went through a hell no parent should have to experience. One person was so judgmental about her parenting choice - to leave her 4-year-old child alone ...

    This book, like Kim Brooks's deft writing (she's also an essayist and novelist) grabs you by the throat and doesn't let you go till the final page. Much more than a memoir (although Brooks shares her personal story that led to the book), this book is a treatise on what happens when we ...

    Small Animals resonated so deeply with me. She shared the story with what happened with her son but also researched and explored the broader topic of how fear has become such a big part of how we parent in today?s society. Are we afraid to let our kids go out and explore, walk alone ...

    Well, this was an incredibly difficult book to review. I'm extremely grateful that Ms. Brooks shared her story of what happened after she left her 4 year old in a Target parking lot for a few minutes to grab a pair of headphones to prevent a toddler meltdown, provoking a stranger to re...

  • Susan Banner
    Mar 19, 2018

    Although I appreciated, in part, the message of this book, I am also conflicted in my feelings towards the author's view of her actions, which led to a pretty lengthy involvement with child welfare services. The premise of the book is that we treat our children as if they were made of ...

    True story 1: When my daughter was about eight, we walked past a car where a tween was reading a book with the windows down. My daughter gasped, worried about the kid being alone in the car, in the middle of a Safeway parking lot. "That was normal when I was growing up," I said. "I use...

    Having kids has always seemed to me to be a form of madness. Kim Brooks' book shows that if you were not already a little bonkers when you had kids, then virtually every feature of America's fear-filled, outrage-driven, misogynistic culture and hyper-competitive dedication to capitalis...

    I was at a target once and I saw a young mother in front of me in tears because the cops were coming for her for having left her kid in the car. An older woman had called the cops and the target employees were all on the other woman's side. I leapt to her defense. The kid was fine. It ...

    I only recently realized the extent to which helicopter parenting in America has become the norm, the expectation, sometimes even in the law of the land. That the definition of a ?good parent? now requires keeping an eye on your child at every moment. That kids? hanging out with ...

    Wow! This book resonated with me in a big way! As a mom of two now teens, I have lived through, and still experience many of the anxious feelings that Kim Brooks shares as she relates her experiences parenting in today's American society. The worries, pressures, expectations, and judgm...

    I got a free copy of this one from a goodreads giveaway. As a parent of three elementary school children whose parenting style has gone from helicopter (not necessarily by my choice, being a dad) to free-range over the last nine years, this book resonated. The author tells her story of...

    Structurally, this book is more effective than what I've seen in other parenting books, though one needn't be a parent to be moved. Because the author is a fiction writer, the narratives are thoughtful, well paced, and selective in detail. She complements these stories with interviews ...

    This isn't a long read, but it packs a punch. Brooks recounts her personal story of being "caught" leaving her young son in the car, in a Target parking lot as she ran in to get headphones for their airplane flight that day. Someone recorded the child in the car unattended. Later she w...

    I devoured this book in one day yesterday and kept waking up during the night thinking about it. Small Animals is part memoir and part sociological analysis. It?s an honest, well-researched look at how batshit crazy modern American parenting has become. The book starts when Kim Brook...

    Kim Brooks?s Small Animals is a personal and honest look at dealing with the ?moral panics? of raising a child. It is a good read from a writer with a strong voice, but it didn?t go far enough in completing many of the viable arguments. For the full review: https://paulspick...

    This is possibly the best book I've read all year. Brooks captures perfectly what it is like to be a parent in modern-day America, how the majority of your decisions are spurred by fear ? fear of what will happen to your child if you don't do everything correctly and/or fear of what ...

    This book spoke to me. As a mother, this book spoke to me. As a millennial, this book spoke to me. As a member of society, this book spoke to me. I want to hand this book out to all of the parents I know and tell them to read it now - and then some! . True Story. Nonfiction: Author ...

    Even though there is a large memoir aspect to this book, I think it's an extremely important nonfiction book about the current state of parenting in America. It's important from a sociological, psychological, and also legal perspective. As an attorney and as an American, I'm horrified ...

    I think this book should be required reading for this day and age (along with Julie Lythcott-Haims' How to Raise an Adult). Kim Brooks went through a hell no parent should have to experience. One person was so judgmental about her parenting choice - to leave her 4-year-old child alone ...

    This book, like Kim Brooks's deft writing (she's also an essayist and novelist) grabs you by the throat and doesn't let you go till the final page. Much more than a memoir (although Brooks shares her personal story that led to the book), this book is a treatise on what happens when we ...

    Small Animals resonated so deeply with me. She shared the story with what happened with her son but also researched and explored the broader topic of how fear has become such a big part of how we parent in today?s society. Are we afraid to let our kids go out and explore, walk alone ...

    Well, this was an incredibly difficult book to review. I'm extremely grateful that Ms. Brooks shared her story of what happened after she left her 4 year old in a Target parking lot for a few minutes to grab a pair of headphones to prevent a toddler meltdown, provoking a stranger to re...

    One day when Kim Brooks decided to leave her four-year-old son in the car for a couple of minutes while she went into the store to grab something, a passerby filmed what was happening and reported her to the police. What followed was a year-long process of being condemned for her actio...

    I agree with the author in that we?re becoming too much of a helicopter parent generation. Her story was very interesting and from the few people I?ve discussed it with, everyone has very polarizing views on whether they would have done the same thing, in her position. I am findi...

    This is an excellent book for parents of children of any age. It's part memoir as the idea for the book starts with the author's personal story of getting arrested for leaving her son in the car alone for a few minutes. It then explores the history of parenting in America, and the psyc...

    This book didn't live up to its blurb. It seems to speak more to parents who lack confidence in their parenting, who really worry about keeping up with (and how they appear to) others. Although the author acknowledges her own privilege, there's still an icky layer of ableism and class...

    Essential reading in our panic-filled historical moment. Filled with great research and a compelling voice, this book explores how crazy things have gotten, how we got here and offers some thoughts on how we might make things better. Any parent or anyone who was a kid and remembers oth...

    I read this whole thing going, "YES." And, "I've been there!" And "get out of my brain, Kim. Get out!" Well researched but still very personal and engaging. ...

    Well researched and riveting. I would recommend this book to parents and grandparents both, providing insight into shaming and success. ...

  • Donna Davis
    Nov 03, 2018

    Although I appreciated, in part, the message of this book, I am also conflicted in my feelings towards the author's view of her actions, which led to a pretty lengthy involvement with child welfare services. The premise of the book is that we treat our children as if they were made of ...

    True story 1: When my daughter was about eight, we walked past a car where a tween was reading a book with the windows down. My daughter gasped, worried about the kid being alone in the car, in the middle of a Safeway parking lot. "That was normal when I was growing up," I said. "I use...

    Having kids has always seemed to me to be a form of madness. Kim Brooks' book shows that if you were not already a little bonkers when you had kids, then virtually every feature of America's fear-filled, outrage-driven, misogynistic culture and hyper-competitive dedication to capitalis...

    I was at a target once and I saw a young mother in front of me in tears because the cops were coming for her for having left her kid in the car. An older woman had called the cops and the target employees were all on the other woman's side. I leapt to her defense. The kid was fine. It ...

    I only recently realized the extent to which helicopter parenting in America has become the norm, the expectation, sometimes even in the law of the land. That the definition of a ?good parent? now requires keeping an eye on your child at every moment. That kids? hanging out with ...

    Wow! This book resonated with me in a big way! As a mom of two now teens, I have lived through, and still experience many of the anxious feelings that Kim Brooks shares as she relates her experiences parenting in today's American society. The worries, pressures, expectations, and judgm...

    I got a free copy of this one from a goodreads giveaway. As a parent of three elementary school children whose parenting style has gone from helicopter (not necessarily by my choice, being a dad) to free-range over the last nine years, this book resonated. The author tells her story of...

    Structurally, this book is more effective than what I've seen in other parenting books, though one needn't be a parent to be moved. Because the author is a fiction writer, the narratives are thoughtful, well paced, and selective in detail. She complements these stories with interviews ...

    This isn't a long read, but it packs a punch. Brooks recounts her personal story of being "caught" leaving her young son in the car, in a Target parking lot as she ran in to get headphones for their airplane flight that day. Someone recorded the child in the car unattended. Later she w...

    I devoured this book in one day yesterday and kept waking up during the night thinking about it. Small Animals is part memoir and part sociological analysis. It?s an honest, well-researched look at how batshit crazy modern American parenting has become. The book starts when Kim Brook...

    Kim Brooks?s Small Animals is a personal and honest look at dealing with the ?moral panics? of raising a child. It is a good read from a writer with a strong voice, but it didn?t go far enough in completing many of the viable arguments. For the full review: https://paulspick...

    This is possibly the best book I've read all year. Brooks captures perfectly what it is like to be a parent in modern-day America, how the majority of your decisions are spurred by fear ? fear of what will happen to your child if you don't do everything correctly and/or fear of what ...

    This book spoke to me. As a mother, this book spoke to me. As a millennial, this book spoke to me. As a member of society, this book spoke to me. I want to hand this book out to all of the parents I know and tell them to read it now - and then some! . True Story. Nonfiction: Author ...

    Even though there is a large memoir aspect to this book, I think it's an extremely important nonfiction book about the current state of parenting in America. It's important from a sociological, psychological, and also legal perspective. As an attorney and as an American, I'm horrified ...

    I think this book should be required reading for this day and age (along with Julie Lythcott-Haims' How to Raise an Adult). Kim Brooks went through a hell no parent should have to experience. One person was so judgmental about her parenting choice - to leave her 4-year-old child alone ...

    This book, like Kim Brooks's deft writing (she's also an essayist and novelist) grabs you by the throat and doesn't let you go till the final page. Much more than a memoir (although Brooks shares her personal story that led to the book), this book is a treatise on what happens when we ...

    Small Animals resonated so deeply with me. She shared the story with what happened with her son but also researched and explored the broader topic of how fear has become such a big part of how we parent in today?s society. Are we afraid to let our kids go out and explore, walk alone ...

    Well, this was an incredibly difficult book to review. I'm extremely grateful that Ms. Brooks shared her story of what happened after she left her 4 year old in a Target parking lot for a few minutes to grab a pair of headphones to prevent a toddler meltdown, provoking a stranger to re...

    One day when Kim Brooks decided to leave her four-year-old son in the car for a couple of minutes while she went into the store to grab something, a passerby filmed what was happening and reported her to the police. What followed was a year-long process of being condemned for her actio...

    I agree with the author in that we?re becoming too much of a helicopter parent generation. Her story was very interesting and from the few people I?ve discussed it with, everyone has very polarizing views on whether they would have done the same thing, in her position. I am findi...

    This is an excellent book for parents of children of any age. It's part memoir as the idea for the book starts with the author's personal story of getting arrested for leaving her son in the car alone for a few minutes. It then explores the history of parenting in America, and the psyc...

    This book didn't live up to its blurb. It seems to speak more to parents who lack confidence in their parenting, who really worry about keeping up with (and how they appear to) others. Although the author acknowledges her own privilege, there's still an icky layer of ableism and class...

    Essential reading in our panic-filled historical moment. Filled with great research and a compelling voice, this book explores how crazy things have gotten, how we got here and offers some thoughts on how we might make things better. Any parent or anyone who was a kid and remembers oth...

    I read this whole thing going, "YES." And, "I've been there!" And "get out of my brain, Kim. Get out!" Well researched but still very personal and engaging. ...

    Well researched and riveting. I would recommend this book to parents and grandparents both, providing insight into shaming and success. ...

    Brooks is a journalist and also a parent; she is nearly sent to prison for having permitted her son to remain in the car watching a video while she bopped in to a big box store to purchase headphones. The experience provided a catalyst for discussions and research she has done on struc...

  • Anne ✨
    Aug 27, 2018

    Although I appreciated, in part, the message of this book, I am also conflicted in my feelings towards the author's view of her actions, which led to a pretty lengthy involvement with child welfare services. The premise of the book is that we treat our children as if they were made of ...

    True story 1: When my daughter was about eight, we walked past a car where a tween was reading a book with the windows down. My daughter gasped, worried about the kid being alone in the car, in the middle of a Safeway parking lot. "That was normal when I was growing up," I said. "I use...

    Having kids has always seemed to me to be a form of madness. Kim Brooks' book shows that if you were not already a little bonkers when you had kids, then virtually every feature of America's fear-filled, outrage-driven, misogynistic culture and hyper-competitive dedication to capitalis...

    I was at a target once and I saw a young mother in front of me in tears because the cops were coming for her for having left her kid in the car. An older woman had called the cops and the target employees were all on the other woman's side. I leapt to her defense. The kid was fine. It ...

    I only recently realized the extent to which helicopter parenting in America has become the norm, the expectation, sometimes even in the law of the land. That the definition of a ?good parent? now requires keeping an eye on your child at every moment. That kids? hanging out with ...

    Wow! This book resonated with me in a big way! As a mom of two now teens, I have lived through, and still experience many of the anxious feelings that Kim Brooks shares as she relates her experiences parenting in today's American society. The worries, pressures, expectations, and judgm...

  • Estelle Erasmus
    Apr 01, 2018

    Although I appreciated, in part, the message of this book, I am also conflicted in my feelings towards the author's view of her actions, which led to a pretty lengthy involvement with child welfare services. The premise of the book is that we treat our children as if they were made of ...

    True story 1: When my daughter was about eight, we walked past a car where a tween was reading a book with the windows down. My daughter gasped, worried about the kid being alone in the car, in the middle of a Safeway parking lot. "That was normal when I was growing up," I said. "I use...

    Having kids has always seemed to me to be a form of madness. Kim Brooks' book shows that if you were not already a little bonkers when you had kids, then virtually every feature of America's fear-filled, outrage-driven, misogynistic culture and hyper-competitive dedication to capitalis...

    I was at a target once and I saw a young mother in front of me in tears because the cops were coming for her for having left her kid in the car. An older woman had called the cops and the target employees were all on the other woman's side. I leapt to her defense. The kid was fine. It ...

    I only recently realized the extent to which helicopter parenting in America has become the norm, the expectation, sometimes even in the law of the land. That the definition of a ?good parent? now requires keeping an eye on your child at every moment. That kids? hanging out with ...

    Wow! This book resonated with me in a big way! As a mom of two now teens, I have lived through, and still experience many of the anxious feelings that Kim Brooks shares as she relates her experiences parenting in today's American society. The worries, pressures, expectations, and judgm...

    I got a free copy of this one from a goodreads giveaway. As a parent of three elementary school children whose parenting style has gone from helicopter (not necessarily by my choice, being a dad) to free-range over the last nine years, this book resonated. The author tells her story of...

    Structurally, this book is more effective than what I've seen in other parenting books, though one needn't be a parent to be moved. Because the author is a fiction writer, the narratives are thoughtful, well paced, and selective in detail. She complements these stories with interviews ...

    This isn't a long read, but it packs a punch. Brooks recounts her personal story of being "caught" leaving her young son in the car, in a Target parking lot as she ran in to get headphones for their airplane flight that day. Someone recorded the child in the car unattended. Later she w...

    I devoured this book in one day yesterday and kept waking up during the night thinking about it. Small Animals is part memoir and part sociological analysis. It?s an honest, well-researched look at how batshit crazy modern American parenting has become. The book starts when Kim Brook...

    Kim Brooks?s Small Animals is a personal and honest look at dealing with the ?moral panics? of raising a child. It is a good read from a writer with a strong voice, but it didn?t go far enough in completing many of the viable arguments. For the full review: https://paulspick...

    This is possibly the best book I've read all year. Brooks captures perfectly what it is like to be a parent in modern-day America, how the majority of your decisions are spurred by fear ? fear of what will happen to your child if you don't do everything correctly and/or fear of what ...

    This book spoke to me. As a mother, this book spoke to me. As a millennial, this book spoke to me. As a member of society, this book spoke to me. I want to hand this book out to all of the parents I know and tell them to read it now - and then some! . True Story. Nonfiction: Author ...

    Even though there is a large memoir aspect to this book, I think it's an extremely important nonfiction book about the current state of parenting in America. It's important from a sociological, psychological, and also legal perspective. As an attorney and as an American, I'm horrified ...

    I think this book should be required reading for this day and age (along with Julie Lythcott-Haims' How to Raise an Adult). Kim Brooks went through a hell no parent should have to experience. One person was so judgmental about her parenting choice - to leave her 4-year-old child alone ...

    This book, like Kim Brooks's deft writing (she's also an essayist and novelist) grabs you by the throat and doesn't let you go till the final page. Much more than a memoir (although Brooks shares her personal story that led to the book), this book is a treatise on what happens when we ...

  • Jessica
    Sep 10, 2018

    Although I appreciated, in part, the message of this book, I am also conflicted in my feelings towards the author's view of her actions, which led to a pretty lengthy involvement with child welfare services. The premise of the book is that we treat our children as if they were made of ...

    True story 1: When my daughter was about eight, we walked past a car where a tween was reading a book with the windows down. My daughter gasped, worried about the kid being alone in the car, in the middle of a Safeway parking lot. "That was normal when I was growing up," I said. "I use...

    Having kids has always seemed to me to be a form of madness. Kim Brooks' book shows that if you were not already a little bonkers when you had kids, then virtually every feature of America's fear-filled, outrage-driven, misogynistic culture and hyper-competitive dedication to capitalis...

    I was at a target once and I saw a young mother in front of me in tears because the cops were coming for her for having left her kid in the car. An older woman had called the cops and the target employees were all on the other woman's side. I leapt to her defense. The kid was fine. It ...

    I only recently realized the extent to which helicopter parenting in America has become the norm, the expectation, sometimes even in the law of the land. That the definition of a ?good parent? now requires keeping an eye on your child at every moment. That kids? hanging out with ...

    Wow! This book resonated with me in a big way! As a mom of two now teens, I have lived through, and still experience many of the anxious feelings that Kim Brooks shares as she relates her experiences parenting in today's American society. The worries, pressures, expectations, and judgm...

    I got a free copy of this one from a goodreads giveaway. As a parent of three elementary school children whose parenting style has gone from helicopter (not necessarily by my choice, being a dad) to free-range over the last nine years, this book resonated. The author tells her story of...

    Structurally, this book is more effective than what I've seen in other parenting books, though one needn't be a parent to be moved. Because the author is a fiction writer, the narratives are thoughtful, well paced, and selective in detail. She complements these stories with interviews ...

    This isn't a long read, but it packs a punch. Brooks recounts her personal story of being "caught" leaving her young son in the car, in a Target parking lot as she ran in to get headphones for their airplane flight that day. Someone recorded the child in the car unattended. Later she w...

    I devoured this book in one day yesterday and kept waking up during the night thinking about it. Small Animals is part memoir and part sociological analysis. It?s an honest, well-researched look at how batshit crazy modern American parenting has become. The book starts when Kim Brook...

    Kim Brooks?s Small Animals is a personal and honest look at dealing with the ?moral panics? of raising a child. It is a good read from a writer with a strong voice, but it didn?t go far enough in completing many of the viable arguments. For the full review: https://paulspick...

    This is possibly the best book I've read all year. Brooks captures perfectly what it is like to be a parent in modern-day America, how the majority of your decisions are spurred by fear ? fear of what will happen to your child if you don't do everything correctly and/or fear of what ...

  • Beatrice
    Sep 16, 2018

    Although I appreciated, in part, the message of this book, I am also conflicted in my feelings towards the author's view of her actions, which led to a pretty lengthy involvement with child welfare services. The premise of the book is that we treat our children as if they were made of ...

    True story 1: When my daughter was about eight, we walked past a car where a tween was reading a book with the windows down. My daughter gasped, worried about the kid being alone in the car, in the middle of a Safeway parking lot. "That was normal when I was growing up," I said. "I use...

    Having kids has always seemed to me to be a form of madness. Kim Brooks' book shows that if you were not already a little bonkers when you had kids, then virtually every feature of America's fear-filled, outrage-driven, misogynistic culture and hyper-competitive dedication to capitalis...

    I was at a target once and I saw a young mother in front of me in tears because the cops were coming for her for having left her kid in the car. An older woman had called the cops and the target employees were all on the other woman's side. I leapt to her defense. The kid was fine. It ...

    I only recently realized the extent to which helicopter parenting in America has become the norm, the expectation, sometimes even in the law of the land. That the definition of a ?good parent? now requires keeping an eye on your child at every moment. That kids? hanging out with ...

    Wow! This book resonated with me in a big way! As a mom of two now teens, I have lived through, and still experience many of the anxious feelings that Kim Brooks shares as she relates her experiences parenting in today's American society. The worries, pressures, expectations, and judgm...

    I got a free copy of this one from a goodreads giveaway. As a parent of three elementary school children whose parenting style has gone from helicopter (not necessarily by my choice, being a dad) to free-range over the last nine years, this book resonated. The author tells her story of...

    Structurally, this book is more effective than what I've seen in other parenting books, though one needn't be a parent to be moved. Because the author is a fiction writer, the narratives are thoughtful, well paced, and selective in detail. She complements these stories with interviews ...

    This isn't a long read, but it packs a punch. Brooks recounts her personal story of being "caught" leaving her young son in the car, in a Target parking lot as she ran in to get headphones for their airplane flight that day. Someone recorded the child in the car unattended. Later she w...

    I devoured this book in one day yesterday and kept waking up during the night thinking about it. Small Animals is part memoir and part sociological analysis. It?s an honest, well-researched look at how batshit crazy modern American parenting has become. The book starts when Kim Brook...

    Kim Brooks?s Small Animals is a personal and honest look at dealing with the ?moral panics? of raising a child. It is a good read from a writer with a strong voice, but it didn?t go far enough in completing many of the viable arguments. For the full review: https://paulspick...

    This is possibly the best book I've read all year. Brooks captures perfectly what it is like to be a parent in modern-day America, how the majority of your decisions are spurred by fear ? fear of what will happen to your child if you don't do everything correctly and/or fear of what ...

    This book spoke to me. As a mother, this book spoke to me. As a millennial, this book spoke to me. As a member of society, this book spoke to me. I want to hand this book out to all of the parents I know and tell them to read it now - and then some! . True Story. Nonfiction: Author ...

    Even though there is a large memoir aspect to this book, I think it's an extremely important nonfiction book about the current state of parenting in America. It's important from a sociological, psychological, and also legal perspective. As an attorney and as an American, I'm horrified ...

    I think this book should be required reading for this day and age (along with Julie Lythcott-Haims' How to Raise an Adult). Kim Brooks went through a hell no parent should have to experience. One person was so judgmental about her parenting choice - to leave her 4-year-old child alone ...

    This book, like Kim Brooks's deft writing (she's also an essayist and novelist) grabs you by the throat and doesn't let you go till the final page. Much more than a memoir (although Brooks shares her personal story that led to the book), this book is a treatise on what happens when we ...

    Small Animals resonated so deeply with me. She shared the story with what happened with her son but also researched and explored the broader topic of how fear has become such a big part of how we parent in today?s society. Are we afraid to let our kids go out and explore, walk alone ...

    Well, this was an incredibly difficult book to review. I'm extremely grateful that Ms. Brooks shared her story of what happened after she left her 4 year old in a Target parking lot for a few minutes to grab a pair of headphones to prevent a toddler meltdown, provoking a stranger to re...

    One day when Kim Brooks decided to leave her four-year-old son in the car for a couple of minutes while she went into the store to grab something, a passerby filmed what was happening and reported her to the police. What followed was a year-long process of being condemned for her actio...

  • Leah P
    Oct 10, 2018

    Although I appreciated, in part, the message of this book, I am also conflicted in my feelings towards the author's view of her actions, which led to a pretty lengthy involvement with child welfare services. The premise of the book is that we treat our children as if they were made of ...

    True story 1: When my daughter was about eight, we walked past a car where a tween was reading a book with the windows down. My daughter gasped, worried about the kid being alone in the car, in the middle of a Safeway parking lot. "That was normal when I was growing up," I said. "I use...

    Having kids has always seemed to me to be a form of madness. Kim Brooks' book shows that if you were not already a little bonkers when you had kids, then virtually every feature of America's fear-filled, outrage-driven, misogynistic culture and hyper-competitive dedication to capitalis...

    I was at a target once and I saw a young mother in front of me in tears because the cops were coming for her for having left her kid in the car. An older woman had called the cops and the target employees were all on the other woman's side. I leapt to her defense. The kid was fine. It ...

    I only recently realized the extent to which helicopter parenting in America has become the norm, the expectation, sometimes even in the law of the land. That the definition of a ?good parent? now requires keeping an eye on your child at every moment. That kids? hanging out with ...

    Wow! This book resonated with me in a big way! As a mom of two now teens, I have lived through, and still experience many of the anxious feelings that Kim Brooks shares as she relates her experiences parenting in today's American society. The worries, pressures, expectations, and judgm...

    I got a free copy of this one from a goodreads giveaway. As a parent of three elementary school children whose parenting style has gone from helicopter (not necessarily by my choice, being a dad) to free-range over the last nine years, this book resonated. The author tells her story of...

    Structurally, this book is more effective than what I've seen in other parenting books, though one needn't be a parent to be moved. Because the author is a fiction writer, the narratives are thoughtful, well paced, and selective in detail. She complements these stories with interviews ...

    This isn't a long read, but it packs a punch. Brooks recounts her personal story of being "caught" leaving her young son in the car, in a Target parking lot as she ran in to get headphones for their airplane flight that day. Someone recorded the child in the car unattended. Later she w...

    I devoured this book in one day yesterday and kept waking up during the night thinking about it. Small Animals is part memoir and part sociological analysis. It?s an honest, well-researched look at how batshit crazy modern American parenting has become. The book starts when Kim Brook...

    Kim Brooks?s Small Animals is a personal and honest look at dealing with the ?moral panics? of raising a child. It is a good read from a writer with a strong voice, but it didn?t go far enough in completing many of the viable arguments. For the full review: https://paulspick...

    This is possibly the best book I've read all year. Brooks captures perfectly what it is like to be a parent in modern-day America, how the majority of your decisions are spurred by fear ? fear of what will happen to your child if you don't do everything correctly and/or fear of what ...

    This book spoke to me. As a mother, this book spoke to me. As a millennial, this book spoke to me. As a member of society, this book spoke to me. I want to hand this book out to all of the parents I know and tell them to read it now - and then some! . True Story. Nonfiction: Author ...

    Even though there is a large memoir aspect to this book, I think it's an extremely important nonfiction book about the current state of parenting in America. It's important from a sociological, psychological, and also legal perspective. As an attorney and as an American, I'm horrified ...

    I think this book should be required reading for this day and age (along with Julie Lythcott-Haims' How to Raise an Adult). Kim Brooks went through a hell no parent should have to experience. One person was so judgmental about her parenting choice - to leave her 4-year-old child alone ...

    This book, like Kim Brooks's deft writing (she's also an essayist and novelist) grabs you by the throat and doesn't let you go till the final page. Much more than a memoir (although Brooks shares her personal story that led to the book), this book is a treatise on what happens when we ...

    Small Animals resonated so deeply with me. She shared the story with what happened with her son but also researched and explored the broader topic of how fear has become such a big part of how we parent in today?s society. Are we afraid to let our kids go out and explore, walk alone ...

    Well, this was an incredibly difficult book to review. I'm extremely grateful that Ms. Brooks shared her story of what happened after she left her 4 year old in a Target parking lot for a few minutes to grab a pair of headphones to prevent a toddler meltdown, provoking a stranger to re...

    One day when Kim Brooks decided to leave her four-year-old son in the car for a couple of minutes while she went into the store to grab something, a passerby filmed what was happening and reported her to the police. What followed was a year-long process of being condemned for her actio...

    I agree with the author in that we?re becoming too much of a helicopter parent generation. Her story was very interesting and from the few people I?ve discussed it with, everyone has very polarizing views on whether they would have done the same thing, in her position. I am findi...

  • Jen Wood
    Jun 19, 2018

    Although I appreciated, in part, the message of this book, I am also conflicted in my feelings towards the author's view of her actions, which led to a pretty lengthy involvement with child welfare services. The premise of the book is that we treat our children as if they were made of ...

    True story 1: When my daughter was about eight, we walked past a car where a tween was reading a book with the windows down. My daughter gasped, worried about the kid being alone in the car, in the middle of a Safeway parking lot. "That was normal when I was growing up," I said. "I use...

    Having kids has always seemed to me to be a form of madness. Kim Brooks' book shows that if you were not already a little bonkers when you had kids, then virtually every feature of America's fear-filled, outrage-driven, misogynistic culture and hyper-competitive dedication to capitalis...

    I was at a target once and I saw a young mother in front of me in tears because the cops were coming for her for having left her kid in the car. An older woman had called the cops and the target employees were all on the other woman's side. I leapt to her defense. The kid was fine. It ...

    I only recently realized the extent to which helicopter parenting in America has become the norm, the expectation, sometimes even in the law of the land. That the definition of a ?good parent? now requires keeping an eye on your child at every moment. That kids? hanging out with ...

    Wow! This book resonated with me in a big way! As a mom of two now teens, I have lived through, and still experience many of the anxious feelings that Kim Brooks shares as she relates her experiences parenting in today's American society. The worries, pressures, expectations, and judgm...

    I got a free copy of this one from a goodreads giveaway. As a parent of three elementary school children whose parenting style has gone from helicopter (not necessarily by my choice, being a dad) to free-range over the last nine years, this book resonated. The author tells her story of...

    Structurally, this book is more effective than what I've seen in other parenting books, though one needn't be a parent to be moved. Because the author is a fiction writer, the narratives are thoughtful, well paced, and selective in detail. She complements these stories with interviews ...

    This isn't a long read, but it packs a punch. Brooks recounts her personal story of being "caught" leaving her young son in the car, in a Target parking lot as she ran in to get headphones for their airplane flight that day. Someone recorded the child in the car unattended. Later she w...

    I devoured this book in one day yesterday and kept waking up during the night thinking about it. Small Animals is part memoir and part sociological analysis. It?s an honest, well-researched look at how batshit crazy modern American parenting has become. The book starts when Kim Brook...