Sh*tty Mom

Sh*tty Mom

The Parenting Guide for the Rest of Us

Book - 2012
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An irreverent guide to parenting presents advice on handling common parenting concerns in the easiest and most efficient way possible.
Publisher: New York : Abrams Image, 2012
ISBN: 9781419704598
1419704591
Characteristics: 175 p. ; 22 cm

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CatherineG_1 May 12, 2016

This is not your typical parenting book. In the face of all the perfect parenting manuals, these moms take an irreverent look at motherhood. One writer is a comedian so some language and terms are in the style of Amy Schumer.

Never the less, I was laughing so hard, tears were streaming down my face. One story resonated with me. I wanted to name my daughter, Sophia which means great wisdom. Instead her name was the same as three others in her class. She always introduced herself by saying her first name and initial. One day, she met overseas relatives and proceeded to say her name and first initial.

Another favourite from the book was visiting the zoo with a child. I hate the zoo. You take your expectant and excited child to see the animals who are (a) asleep (b) hiding behind a rock (c) it is too hot for them (d) it is too cold for them so they are not coming out today.

A great book for moms to remember special moments or for moms still in the thick of battle!

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sharonstp
Oct 20, 2014

HILARIOUS! Such a refreshing read compared to everything out there telling us we have to be perfect all the time and to enjoy EVERY moment, OR our children will suffer.

amykduffy Sep 09, 2013

Hilarious parody of the super serious parenting books. I hope the authors don't follow ALL of their own bad advice, but it's a great antidote for the books that make you feel pressured to be a perfect parent at all times.

JCLBethanyT Mar 02, 2013

This book is laugh-out-loud funny, full of invaluable "advice" (such as how to find the other day-drinking moms or how to avoid parenting your kid on the playground.) Highly recommended for moms who are struggling with perfectionism and moms who aren't (who might relish the fact that they are not the only ones purposefully addicting their children to Angry Birds.)

ksoles Feb 28, 2013

Warning: If you don't answer 'yes' to at least one of the questions in the "Sh*tty Mom" quiz, put this book down before anger and annoyance set in. If, however, the quiz makes you smile and nod, get ready to enjoy the irreverent advice and humour found in this tongue in cheek guide to motherhood.

"Sh*tty Mom" has a structure similar to traditional parenting guides but with chapters entitled "How To Hand Off the Newborn Who just Filled a Diaper" and "Stop Looking for a Great Babysitter and Settle for One who Shows Up", it obviously lacks the much-sought, scientifically proven advice passed down from pediatricians whose hired nannies to raise their own children.

The book reads like a stand up comedy show script with lines that range from laugh-out-loud funny to slightly over the top. Even though the book contains little in the way of serious advice, a kernel of wisdom shines through the snarky wit of "Sh*tty Mom:" In the face of the exhaustion and competition that comes with parenthood, sometimes "good enough" is the best you can do.

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