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The Dark (and Funny!) Side of Parenting

by: 
Joanna, Standley Lake Library

I was watching stand-up comedian Louis CK with my husband, and one of his routines about his kids had us both laughing hysterically and saying, “Yes, that’s exactly what kids do!” I decided I wanted some more of this type of entertainment.  I decided that I would temporarily dispense with the serious parenting books and all that guilt I feel when I read about other mothers who enjoy every second of motherhood.  So I went in search of some books that would focus on the annoying, disgusting, enraging parts of motherhood and help me laugh at them all.  I came across a couple I really enjoyed.  Are you in need of comic relief too?  Try some of these:

Confessions of a Scary Mommy: An Honest and Irreverent Look at Motherhood - The Good, The Bad, and the Scary by Jill Smokler  - This book was not as negative overall as I thought it would be, but I did find myself agreeing with most of Jill’s observations.  A couple of “confessions” from Jill’s blog that she included in the book:

“I ate a jar of Nutella a month while pregnant.  Okay, a jar a week.  Okay, okay, a jar a day.  A jar of Nutella a day.  I’ve never admitted that before.”
“Last night I changed all the clocks in the house to an hour and a half later and sent my son to bed.  It was awesome.”

Mother on Fire: A True Motherf%#$ Story about Parenting! by Sandra Tsing Loh - This book spent a lot of time on the difficulty of choosing schools for your children, but I had a laugh about every other page because of her humorous observations.

Sh*tty Mom: The Parenting Guide for the Rest of Us by Laurie Kilmartin, Karen Moline, Alicia Ybarbo, and Mary Ann Zoellner - I’m on hold for this one, and it sounds like a lot of fun.