Book Review – Confessions of a Learner Parent by Sam Avery

confessions of a learner parent
Title: Confessions of a Learner Parent
Author: Sam Avery
Publish Date: October 5, 2017
# of Pages: 288
Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️


(From Goodreads) ‘I always wanted kids – but then again, I always wanted a loft conversion. Both are pretty easy to put off as they’re very expensive and tend to wreck your house.’

Stand-up comedian Sam Avery (aka the Learner Parent) started his award-winning blog when his twin boys were born. A million nappies, Peppa Pig episodes and a lot less sleep later, he shares all the lows, highs and hilarious in-betweens of his experiences of first-time parenthood in this, his highly anticipated first book.

Sam’s honest, messy and laugh-out-loud account of trying for a baby (which transpired to be babIES) and figuring out what to do with them once they arrived – right up to the toddler years of talking, walking and tantrum-ing – will have you crying with laughter between your own nappy changes and nursery runs.


The Learner Parent is Sam Avery’s comical take on his wife’s pregnancy and the first two years of twin boy’s life.

This book has a lot going for it.

First off, the book is hilarious. Really, some of the things Avery goes through are comic gold. His twins really put him and his wife through the ringer as they wade through poopy diapers,  feedings, and tantrums.

Second, the book makes you feel not so alone as a parent. Parenting is tough work! You become more familiar with another person’s bodily functions than you ever thought possible. Avery lets you know that you’re not alone. Not only are you not alone, but he reminds you that it could be worse (his stories definitely fall into the “worst case” category).

Third, the book reads easily. The humor keeps the book fast-paced, and you can’t help but giggle at the escapades.

So why did I only give it three stars?

While I appreciated the humor, at times it was over the top. I felt as though I was drowning in similes and analogies. It wasn’t unusual to have three sentences in a row each with their own unique analogies. It felt like overkill, and it pulled me out the book.

Despite the analogy overload, I still enjoyed the book and would recommend it to others. I would buy this book for expectant parents and hardened parents who have been down in the trenches for years.

Thank you to NetGalley for providing the Kindle version of this book in exchange for an honest review.


Book Stats



“No other part of her had increased in size other than her tummy. (Unless you count her breasts. Her beautiful, plump, irresistable boobs that I was now under strict instructions not to touch on punishment of death. Mother Nature is clearly a massive spoilsport as she gives pregnant ladies the most stunning norks yet makes them completely unbearable to the touch. This left me leering over them like a building-site pervert, knowing that just like the Mountain Laurel flower of North America, as beautiful as they looked, if I touched them I’d probably die.)”

“I don’t care how strong you think you are, nobody is stronger than a baby who doesn’t want to get dressed.”

“Young kids make you feel like you’re under house arrest. But instead of armed guards or electronic tags to keep you in place, you’ve got a feeding regime stricter than the Khmer Rouge and the energy levels of a diabetic sloth that’s cutting out caffeine for Lent.”

“Every child has a favourite teddy. That one little bundle of wool they just can’t live without. People write poetry about their first love, but that’s normally a fleeting experience that ultimately breaks your heart. Your first teddy stays with you forever.”

“That’s because parenthood is a crafty bastard. The second you master something it changes the game so you’re shit at it again.”

Buy It

Check this book out at your local library, or buy it here* on Amazon.

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