POPS (Parents on Parenting) #1, 5½” x 8½”, copied, 40 pgs.

May 31, 2017

Parenting ramps up the emotions and raises a lot of existential questions, but it’s also isolating in an odd way. You can’t discuss adult concerns with your toddler, and the other parents that you meet tend to feel more like coworkers than friends. So, I found this zine very refreshing. In POPs, different parents share personal essays about unique experiences: becoming a parent in the house where your father died, how an autistic child’s attachment to a pair of glasses can ease your self-image issues, and waiting for your stepkids to say, “You’re not my real father!” It’s very real, and very honest. I loved imagining each of these people taking a couple hours to write something after their kids went to bed. –Chris Terry (Jonas, PO Box 633, Chicago, IL 60690)