I usually don’t write about the books I’m reading on my blog, mostly because they’re romance novels and you would think I’m trapped in the body of an 80 year old woman.
But this past weekend I grabbed a different kind of book to read. A parenting book.
I’m telling you right now – I. Couldn’t. Put. It. Down. It was AWESOMENESS at its finest.
Laurie Kilmartin, Karen Moline, Alicia Ybarbo and Mary Ann Zoellner hit it out of the parenting park with their parenting book – Sh*tty Mom – because it’s so true, it’s so real and it’s so raw. I couldn’t put it down because it was so entertaining… not to mention, I couldn’t stop laughing and nodding my head at the same time throughout the book! I was on the train to NYC reading it and I KNOW the guy next to me totally thought I was nuts as to my reaction of the book.
As a mom of 4 boys, I appreciated a book like this because it’s a true look at parenting. I really appreciated a book for moms, by moms who get it, and weren’t afraid to share the real truths. Motherhood isn’t always that easy adventure we dreamt about when we were young (am I the only one?). It can be messy. It can be dirty. It can be a nutty-job. But the best part? We get to do it with each other! And there’s nothing like dishing with another mom who “gets it!”
I don’t want to give too much of the book away because you NEED TO BUY IT… but it got me out of the gates with Chapter 2 called “You’re Home with the Kids and You Have a Conference Call in Ten Minutes” because this is my every day normal. I lost it with the part… “stay out of her line of sight” because this is what I try to do all the time, and it doesn’t always work for me! If I’m on the phone, you would think I’m a ninja the way I maneuver around the house trying to not be seen by my sons. I know that once I’m seen, I’m done… the requests will start, and that’s not professional. 🙂
Chapter 8 called “Ten Second Rule: Pacifier on the Ground.” HILARIOUS! I love the line, “Public streets are not covered in anthrax and cocaine.” So funny because it’s so true. I was so one of those moms when my 2 oldest sons were young (when we lived in NYC) who would sterilize EVERYTHING. When my 4th came along, it was a little (a lotta!) different. I would just glance at a pacifier to see if there was anything on it… oh, how times change.
Chapter 23 called “Oh, You Just had an Epic Meltdown.” I love the line, “You are about to lose your sh*t in epic fashion. Fifty years from now, your oldest will recount this day to huge laughs at your wake.” Oh, yes… let’s just say my epic meltdown involves a Nintendo DS and a mark on the wall, and also a kitchen stool. 🙂 They STILL laugh when they talk about it… oh the joys!
I literally couldn’t put the Sh*tty Mom down.
Each chapter is better than the next… and it’s the kind of book that you just want to pass on to your best-mom-girlfriend because you need someone to dish with about the book.
BRAVO to Laurie, Karen, Alicia and Mary Ann… because you know, there is a sh*tty mom in all of us, they just make you feel normal about it!
Best parenting to read… RUN AND GET IT!!!