Don't Lick the Minivan: And Other Things I Never Thought I’d Say to My Kids
by Leanne Shirtliffe (Author)
As a woman used to traveling and living the high life in Bangkok, Leanne Shirtliffe recognized the constant fodder for humor while pregnant with twins in Asia’s sin city. But in spite of deep-fried bug cuisine and nurses who cover newborn bassinets with plastic wrap, Shirtliffe manages to keep her babies alive for a year with help from a Coca-Cola deliveryman, several waitresses, and a bra factory. Then she and her husband return home to the isolation of North American suburbia.
In Don’t Lick the Minivan, Shirtliffe captures the bizarre aspects of parenting in her edgy, honest voice. She explores the hazards of everyday life with children such as:
The birthday party where neighborhood kids took home skin rashes from the second-hand face paint she applied.
The time she discovered her twins carving their names into her minivan’s paint with rocks.
The funeral she officiated for “Stripper Barbie.”
The horror of glitter.
And much more!
Shirtliffe eventually realizes that even if she can’t teach her kids how to tie their shoelaces, she’s a good enough mom. At least good enough to start saving for her twins’ therapy fund. And possibly her own. Shirtliffe’s memoir might not replace a therapist, but it is a lot cheaper.
About the Author
Leanne Shirtliffe is an award-winning humor blogger. She writes funny stuff for the Huffington Post, Nickelodeon’s NickMom.com, and the Calgary Herald. When she’s not stopping her twins from licking frozen flagpoles, she teaches English to teenagers who are slightly less hormonal than she is. She lives with her husband, their kids, and dust bunnies in Calgary, Alberta.
Don't Lick the Minivan: And Other Things I Never Thought I’d Say to My Kids by Leanne Shirtliffe is a terrific book for moms! I love the part in this book where she found her kids carving their names in the minivan with rocks because my daughter did the exact same thing to my car. There's so many similarities in Don't Lick the Minivan by Leanne Shirtliffe to my life as a mother and I'm sure to most moms. I love books that help us mothers realize our family is normal and that most parents have the same struggles we have. This book helps me let go and focus on being a good mom and not worrying about all the little things. It has also helped me look back on moments and laugh. The parenting tips throughout the book are a hoot. What and awesome book!
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