Pirates and Princessess was penned by Jill Kargman and her 8-year-old daughter Sadie. Ms. Kargman is a well-connected New York city socialite whose daughter goes to a Upper East Side private school. Ms. Kargman’s dad was once the CEO of Chanel and she has a twin who happens to be dating Drew Barrymore. So she has fashion, entertainment and high society connections here, there and everywhere. And apparently what comes with that is a healthy dose of entitlement.
Now to the book… it apparently focuses on a real life event that happened on the playground of Sadie’s preschool. A boy insulted her dress and young Sadie bluntly said “f—k you.” Playground tensions arose. “The mom was called in by the administration and was told not only did her toddler have a foul mouth but was divisive’ and was instigating gender wars’ within the classes, dividing everyone into pirates and princesses,” the press release for the book said.
But one thing of note, Ms. Kargman was apparently not too displeased with her daughter’s language saying, “At least she got the context of the word right!”
And to those lessons that Ms. Peyser gained from the book – besides nicknaming Ms. Kargman the WTF Mom?
Lesson No. 1 — If you’re rich and connected, tell the world, “F–k off!”
Lesson No. 2 — A dirty mouth is a useful tool.
Lesson No. 3 — Do not fail to exploit your child for fun and profit.
Now, I have not read the book myself so I can not come to the defense of Ms. Kargman. But the message of this picture book sounds pretty off-putting to me even if just one of those three “lessons” that Ms. Peyser came away with were accurate.
Would you defend your child’s use of the f-word in any instance?