Don't Lick the Minivan: And Other Things I Never Thought I'd Say to My Kids

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Description

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

A delayed encounter with postpartum depression helps Shirtliffe to realize 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. Crisply written, Don't Lick the Minivan will have parents laughing out loud and nodding in agreement. Shirtliffe's memoir might not replace a therapist, but it is a lot cheaper.

Product Details

Price
$24.95
Publisher
Skyhorse Publishing
Publish Date
May 22, 2013
Pages
282
Dimensions
6.44 X 1.04 X 9.26 inches | 1.0 pounds
Language
English
Type
Hardcover
EAN/UPC
9781620875261
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About the Author

Leanne Shirtliffe is an award-winning humor writer. She writes for the Huffington Post and Nickelodeon's humor site NickMom.com and authored the book Don't Lick the Minivan (Skyhorse 2013). When she's not stopping her children from licking frozen flagpoles, Leanne teaches English to teenagers. You can read more about her misadventures at IronicMom.com. She lives in Alberta, Canada.

Reviews

An entertaining look at raising twins. Amid the humor are frank confessions of Shirtliffe's dips into postpartum depression and her frequent assessment of her ability to be a good mom to two normal kids. Mostly witty commentary on the common ups and downs of being a new parent, times two. --Kirkus Reviews