Book Review: 54 Reasons Why Parents Suck And Phew By Dr Swati Lodha & Swaraa Lodha


It is easier to build strong children than to repair broken men.

– Frederick Douglass

Book Review: 54 Reasons Why Parents Suck And Phew By Dr Swati Lodha & Swaraa Lodha


Title: 54 Reasons Why Parents Suck And Phew

Author:Dr Swati Lodha & Swaraa Lodha

Series: Childcare & Parenting

Genre: Humour, Non-Fiction, Self Help

Publishers: Rupa Publications

Length of the book: 320 pages

Book Type: Paperback Book

Language: English

Recommended Age Group: 18+

ISBN-10: 9789353041236

ISBN-13: 978-9353041236

ASIN: 9353041236

Price: Rs. 295/-

Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #12,715 in Book

Source: Reviewer copy from the author

You Can Buy Here: For Rs. 178 only


Blurb About The Book: The book is a tongue in cheek take on things parents should and should not do. It talks about various beliefs, behaviour and biases held by most parents that make them annoying and difficult. So, all you parents out there—be a good sport, pick up this book and see for yourself the heart of a teenager. 54 Reasons Why Parents Suck and Phew! will leave you with one big reason to understand your child, all over again.


How do you like your mom Is she perfect?

I like her. But nobody is perfect.

Tell us one thing that you don’t like in her as a parent

Oh! I could write a book.


This is an unconventional book. It’s a unique writing project between a mother and her daughter. This book, written by the sixteen years old author, who puts down her thoughts and creates a manifesto on how parents should ideally behave. She points out some common characteristics of parents as seen from a child’s perspective. 

About The Author: Dr Swati Lodha has been a mother, author, management guru, and life coach for nearly two decades. Swaraa Lodha, her daughter is a seventeen-year-old teenager. She is interested in music, photography, and creative writing. They live in Mumbai, India.


Image Credit: Times Of India

Connect With The Author: Facebook


My Review 

This book and its deep insights relate well with me as I am enjoying my life with my curious, naughty teen. Actually I was caught by the unique catchy title “Parents Suck”. Motherhood made to realise the navaras of life.  I usually quote this phrase. Parents are not experts and they do suck at different times. And this is a unique book written from a child’s perspective. It captures the essence of ‘where parents go wrong’ in a hilarious yet powerful manner. It is a treasure trove of real life experiences stating the dos and don’ts for parents.

Out of 54 Reasons for Parents To Suck, 4 reasons were the most appropriate ones where I sucked as a parent:

  • The P Word: Highlights Be kinder to yourself. Be your own cheerleader.
  • Opinion Overdose: Highlights Talking Detox for better us.
  • Who Moved My Creativity: Highlights parental interests, encouragement and expectations can grow your children’s creativity.
  • Conditions Apply: Highlights creating eternal place of Safe Happiness.



This book actually explained our house scenario some 15 years back. But in a lighter, funny way. You can prepare a checklist from the pointers mentioned in this book for your ready reference. According to my personal opinion, this book can be called as “Bible Of Parenting”. Guiding parents of kids of all ages – toddler, teen, youth and adult.

In A Nutshell: Excellent book with an intriguing collection of reasons for parental suck to mull over and jump into action. It also suggests many simple yet optimistic hacks for parents not to suck.

My Rating: 4 / 5

Purchase Link: Amazon for only Rs. 178/-

Best Wishes To You, Dear Swati and Swaraa for more and more successes !!!


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2 thoughts on “Book Review: 54 Reasons Why Parents Suck And Phew By Dr Swati Lodha & Swaraa Lodha”

  1. Vasantha, I agree with you, that’s quite an arresting title ‘parents that suck and phew’. I remember my times as a teenager and how badly I wanted my parents to understand me. I don’t want to make the same mistakes with my daughter when she turns that age. Seems like a useful read. And your review is bang on.

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