Friday, January 8, 2016

Don't Lick the Minivan - a bookwrap

I'm bringing you a very funny book today to wrap up your week.  If you already are, or are  thinking about becoming a parent, then you need to pick up a copy of this book and read it from cover to cover.  

It would make a perfect gift to give to new parents on the arrival of their child to give them a heads-up as to the path that parenting may take them in the future.  It is written with hilarity and with seeds of truth tucked inside... because let's face it...every child is different and unique, there is no one-size fits all manual that is included with the birth, and one has to learn to laugh at everyday surprises that occur and spin them into fun memories that you can share at your child's wedding.  Parenting is a 24/7 job, intense and oftentimes scary when you have no idea what you are doing...but with a great sense of humour and a little wine...your kids will turn out just fine.


Authored by Leanne Shirtliffe

Unwrapping the book...

Leanne and her husband while living in Bangkok, Thailand find they are going to be the parents of twins.  She manages to find so many ways to keep up her spirits while gestating two babes along the way.  

But in spite of deep-fried bug cuisine and nurses who cover newborn bassinets with plastic wrap, Shirtliffe enriches her life with the help of a Coca-Cola deliveryman, waitresses who engage her, and of all things... a bra factory. Their return back to Canada after such an adventure abroad is anticlimactic indeed.

With honesty, wit and much humour she gives her take on raising her twins.  She reveals her ups and downs, joys, fears, parental anxieties and the awesomeness of being a parent.  She shares:

The birthday party where neighourhood kids contracted skin rashes because of the second-hand face paint she used on them.

Oh boy, the time her twins were happily tattooing their names into her minivan's paint with rocks.

The last rights she administered to "Stripper Barbie" because it was her appointed time to go... appointed by Leanne herself and...

How glitter changed her life and will never again be a welcome visitor in her home... ever!

9 Funny Parenting Theories from "Don't Lick the Minivan"

1. Dimming the lights takes away labor pain.

2. Every  baby name can be made fun of.

3. Raising twins is easy after six months.

4. Procreation clarifies the purpose of arrange marriage, boarding school, and birth control

5. Kids love babysitters more than parents.

6. The most interesting conversations happen in vehicles or canoes.

7. Scrimping on Band-Aids helps save money for college.

8. Lazy parenting creates kids who are self-starters.

9. Lord of the Flies is a more useful parenting primer than Dr. Spock.

Enjoy everyone, I know you will!

About the author...

Leanne Shirtliffe is the author of DON’T LICK THE MINIVAN: Things I Never Thought I’d Say to My Kids. She’s also the mother of tween twins, a phrase that’s hard to say after two glasses of wine. She writes for the Huffington Post and Nickelodeon’s and has been published by The Christian Science Monitor, The Calgary Herald, and The Globe and Mail. When she’s not wasting brain cells tweeting, she teaches teens who are slightly less hormonal than she is. She lives in Calgary because she likes complaining about the weather.

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