This is a seriously funny book, filled with anecdotes about motherhood and working. The author is the editor of Real Simple magazine, and has a husband and 3 kids. She wrote this book to provide “an alphabetically arranged dictionary of terms, observations, lists, complaints, questions, musings, and the occasional diatribe about the little joys and major nonsense that define life for me, and untold women like me, on a daily basis.”
I havenâ€™t worked outside the home since my 2nd child was born, but even as a SAHM I found the book hilarious and could relate to many of the situations she described. I like the way the book is organized; it is not a chronological story but a series of alphabetically arranged paragraphs written about various topics. You can pick it up at any point and read a few topics and come back to it later in a totally different spot and still enjoy it. This works well for me, and for most mothers, who are not going to sit down and read a book for a few hours. It is perfect for reading here and there, as you get the chance, much like a magazine. It also doesnâ€™t require in depth concentration, so it is perfect for those times you just want something fun and amusing to read as a distraction. Kristin Van Ogotrop defines terms that every mother should know – usually does know – like Magical Thinking :
If you make it your teenagerâ€™s responsibility to set his alarm and get up in the morning, he will get up without your prompting.
And Fight Club :
The secret society your children belong to that requires them to spontaneously pinch, punch or otherwise provoke one and another whenever you are in a hurry to get out of the house.
The author doesnâ€™t spare herself, she is willing to tell some quite embarrassing stories about herself, including the time she threw up with morning sickness all over a taxi cab.
Iâ€™m not hosting a giveaway of this book, but lots of blogs are, so I’d recommend you head over to one of these sites and enter to win this entertaining book.