Get the fuck out of my room …

I am sure we all remember the mania that was Go the Fuck to Sleep is a book written by American author Adam Mansbach and illustrated by Ricardo Cortés.

What’s not to love?

In case you were born under a rock, and missed it entirely, feel free to download the pdf from here.  Better yet buy a copy for that special someone for Xmas.

Kids have had their revenge and this poem is floating around.  I think we can all feel a tad on the guilty side when we go through it, and realise, yep, I do that <shameful expression!>

The poem is Get the fuck out of my room with illustrations by David Gothard and words by Eric Adams, Steve Belanger, Adam Campbell, and Bill Phillips.

Father, oh father, why are you so mad?
I’m just a little kid—I’m not trying to be bad

Yet every night, you cuss under your breath
It’s almost as if you think that I’m deaf

Yes, I get it, your life has so changed
But that’s no reason to start acting deranged

1 out of 3 kids doesn’t live with a dad
Now I know why—some fathers are pathetic and sad

I know you welcomed me into your life
After carefree coitus with your career-minded wife

Now you’re both exhausted and seem only to argue
Is it my fault? Really, what should I do?

Here’s an idea: Relax and have a beer
And let me solve our little problem by being the man here

Did you know that I’ll fall asleep 40 percent faster
If you create a bedtime routine that I can master?

Didn’t think so, and there’s another benefit I’ll cite
With a routine, I’ll sleep an extra hour each night

And if I shut my eyes nightly for 10 hours of peace
Research shows I’m much less likely to wind up obese

Experts also say you should read to me 30 minutes a pop
Yet after just one little book you can’t wait to stop

If it bores you that much, I’ll give you a tip
Just make it up, the words you can skip

This all boosts my vocabulary and word knowledge
Which someday may help me score a scholarship to college

Now let’s talk about when I want to color and swing
Why is it you can’t stop all that goddamned texting?

The brainiacs say if you pay attention to me
I’m likely to be less violent when I hit puberty

Yet you don’t quite grasp the concept of play, I infer
Maybe I should tell Mom what’s on your web browser

If you want me to stop crying, then let’s lose the ’tude
And go outside—studies say exercise improves my mood

Please straighten up, Dad, and get your head out of your ass
My young and innocent years just aren’t going to last

I can’t take care of myself, so I must look to you
Now man up and sack up—you know what to do

Give me a kiss and bid me “Good night!”
And think about how you can make this thing right

’Cuz if forever you’re going to be chock-full of gloom
You’d might as well just get the f**k out of my room

Guilty much?

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  1. In some places, I’m glad its not true and in other places so true it hurts!

  2. Luddite lass

     /  November 10, 2011

    LOL but also food for thought! You may be interested in a book I just saw advertised on the Hay House website: Fuck It by John Parkin (tradepaper book) This is the blurb:
    Saying Fuck It is like massage for the mind – relaxing you, releasing tension, giving up on things that aren’t working. Just starting to say Fuck It can transform your life. Saying Fuck It feels good – to stop struggling and finally do what you fancy; to ignore what everyone’s telling you and go your own way. John C. Parkin argues that saying Fuck It is a spiritual act: That it is the perfect western expression of the eastern ideas of letting go, giving up and finding real freedom by realising that things don’t matter so much (if at all). This is the Fuck It way.

    • reluctantmom

       /  November 10, 2011

      Off to to find the book as we speak …. thanks ……..

  3. Brilliant but ring on the guilt

  4. Hilary

     /  November 10, 2011

    Really sweet. Making me feel a tad guilty…

  5. countesskaz

     /  November 10, 2011


  6. julie

     /  November 10, 2011

    And this is why you deserve my vote! Brilliant.

  7. Spirited Mama

     /  November 10, 2011

    I love it!

    Joshua is now so accustomed to Dada putting him to bed 🙂


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