5 Books About Parenting Drama That Will Make You SO Happy You Don't Have Kids Yet

By Kerri Jarema

It's not the best-kept secret that parenthood is hard, and for many different reasons. Whether it's the actual act of giving birth, the constant sleep deprivation, the financial obligations, or just the sheer stress of being in charge of another human being, there are plenty of reasons you might be thrilled not to be a parent — now or ever. But one unexpected silver lining for those of us who do not currently wish to be parents? Not having to deal with parental politics.

The story isn't exactly new: Some parents are desperate for their children to attend the most elite schools. I mean, just look at the college admissions scam happen. But stories like The Cut's July 8 piece about the cinema-worthy administrative conflict at Brooklyn's Grace Church School only continue to drive the point home: When it comes to parenthood, sometimes, hell is other parents. And that's the sort of drama you really don't need in your own life right now.

But that certainly doesn't mean you can't read about it. The five books below all deal the world of private school admissions, parental competition, and the drama that comes with it all: