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Novelist Adam Mansbach apparently can’t get his 2-year-old daughter to get the fuck to sleep. Inspired by his toddler’s affinity to delay shut eye with requests for water, going tinkle or a different stuffed animal to snuggle with, he authored Go the F#ck to Sleep, a book intended for adults with the look and feel of a children’s book.
Mansbach told TODAY Moms that he hopes “the book is very reflective of what we all feel putting our kids to bed.”
And so he wrote:
“The cats nestle close to their kittens.
The lambs have laid down with the sheep.
You’re cozy and warm in your bed, my dear
Please go the f@#k to sleep.”
Parents obviously will identify with Mansbach’s sentiment, and if they don’t, they’re lying. While The Boy is a tremendous sleeper, and rarely pulls the stunts Manbach’s little princess does, there’s something great about shutting the door to your kid’s room. It’s like stepping out of the rain into a room warmed by a flickering fire place. It’s like a smooth glass of whiskey after a hellacious day at the office. The escape of the maddening mind of a toddler can never be overrated.
But if one is going to drop the f-bomb in the title of a book aimed at disheartened parents, I have plenty of better suggestions:
Shut the F#CK Up
Stop Pissing on the F#cking Floor
Eat Your F#cking Food
I Got Sh*t on My Hands Again
No, We Are Not Going to Watch Toy Story for the 1,346th Time, You F#ck Nut
Say No Again and I’ll Slap Your F#cking Face
Your Brother and Sister are Asleep – Don’t F#cking Wake Them
While commentors over at Parent Dish are aghast by Mansbach’s book, which some thing signfies the start of Revelations and the end times, I think it’s important to recognize something important: he said please. Hooray for politeness!