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3 hilarious parenting books that keep it real

No, you're not the only one who's going crazy.



Ketchup is a Vegetable and other lies Moms tell themselves

By Robin O’Bryant

From the blogger behind Robin’s Chicks comes this hilarious, no-holds barred account of the weird parenting situations nobody ever tells you about. (One chapter is titled “Awkward Naked Moments”—enough said.) Reviews said it had them laughing till they cried, and that they felt huge relief that it wasn’t just their kid.

As another author and mommy blogger, Carolyn Coppola said: “We all wonder if we are doing this right, and sometimes just knowing that other moms are feeling the same, makes it all okay!”


 Confessions of a Scary Mommy: An Honest and Irreverent Look at Motherhood 

By Jill Smokler

Jill founded Scary Mommy as a personal blog in 2008, where she poked fun at her own parenting shortcomings – and quickly became the voice of a generation of moms. Today, the website averages 15 million monthly page views. Jill brings some of her wit, insight and ROFL humor into this book. While it’s not exactly light reading – some essays will make you flinch in its raw honesty – but it’s just like those deep conversations with an old friend and you’re halfway through a bottle of wine. You will giggle, you will cry, and you will feel completely accepted.


Sippy Cups Are Not for Chardonnay: And Other Things I Had to Learn as a New Mom

by Stefanie Wilder-Taylor  

Pregnant moms get a lot of advice – often contradictory, sometimes condescending, and always overwhelming. Stefanie Wilder-Taylor helps you walk through the new mom minefield with straight and sensible advice. She tackles everything from Mommy & Me classes (“Your baby doesn’t need to be making friends at three months old—you do! But not with people you’ll meet at Mommy & Me”) to attachment parenting (“If you’re holding your baby 24/7, that’s not a baby, that’s a tumor”).

Even if you don’t agree with her, you will feel her empathy and get permission to not be perfect. Pass the chardonnay.

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