Leanne Shirtliffe may be the new Erma Bombeck. For those who never knew the humorist Erma Bombeck, she entertained us with her hilarious writings on motherhood and parenting. Now, Canadian Leanne Shirtliffe has written a debut novel with which every parent can laugh along. This mother of nine year old twins shares her self-deprecating stories and hilarious takes on life as a working mom. In the margins you will find parenting tips such as:
To help you survive raising children, you need to “outwit, outplay, outlast” them each day. Or hire a babysitter. ——- If you need assistance while changing a baby’s diaper in an airplane bathroom, light a cigarette. ——- Keep an emergency vegetable tray in the fridge. If other parents visit your home, pull it out and appear responsible. ——- When your child freaks out in a public space, glare at every person staring at you. Learning to “tell-off” strangers with a glance is a useful skill. Practice on your spouse.
I guarantee that you will laugh and you just find some practical advice while reading Don’t Lick the Minivan and Other Things I Never Thought I’d Say to My Kids.