5 Insanely Funny Books For Parents That Cut Out The Preaching and Give You A Break
What you really need is a break and a good laugh. And about fifteen hours of sleep, couple of glasses of scotch and a massage and a vacation, but that will probably have to wait. Right now, you can grab one of these books and seek refuge in knowing that there are other parents out there who too are as sleep deprived and ready to jump off a bridge, as you are right now. Here are 5 books that are unpretentious, honest and funny as hell:
1. How Not to Calm a Child on a Plane by Johanna Stein
This isn’t just a funny parenting book. How Not to Calm a Child On a Plane is a super witty and intelligent take on parenting that makes you want to be friends with Johanna Stein. She describes parenting as an extreme sport and who could disagree, especially when she talks of things like turning used airplane barf bags into hand puppets and saving her placenta to play a practical joke in the delivery room. The fact that she can make you laugh out loud about some of your most disgusting, awkward and out-of-body experiences that happen when you have a baby is enough to get this book a spot on your ‘oh-so-funny’ shelf.
2. Reasons My Kid Is Crying by Greg Pembroke
If the Facebook feed left you wanting for more and you want to be able to laugh your heart out whenever you want, even if all you have is a few minutes to spare, Reasons My Kid Is Crying is the perfect book for you. Every page will have you nodding ‘me too’ and you will be entirely convinced that kids are sent to punish you for all your earthly sins ever. The next time your kid throws a fit because you said she couldn’t take a thermometer to the toaster or puts on a show at the restaurant because her straw is bent, you’ll probably want to appreciate the humor of the situation and click a picture for your own version of the book instead of losing your cool and having a meltdown.
3. The Worst-Case Scenario Survival Handbook: Parenting by Joshua Piven, David Borgenicht, Sarah Jordan, Brenda Brown
What if you are having a mid-flight baby showdown and are out of diapers? What if your child’s imaginary friend is behaving badly and needs a talk? What if your kid will lose her mind if her doll isn’t ‘recapitated’? Yes, this book will answer those questions for you. Being a parent will expose you to a bevy of truly out of the box scenarios and while no book can cover them all, Joshua Piven and his team’s laudable effort to cover as much ground as possible will give you a good deal to laugh about, when you are feeling utterly overwhelmed, and possibly a few ideas to survive your own worst-case scenarios.
4. Life is Short, Laundry is Eternal: Confessions of a Stay-at-Home Dad by Scott Benner
Okay, this one isn’t all jokes and fun. It rolls a little to the sensitive side a few times, as Scott talks about struggling with their daughter’s diabetes situation, but it is his prowess as a writer and his positivity as a person that keeps the book upbeat and motivating all along. It talks about life and parenting from the perspective of a stay-at-home dad and will sometimes make you laugh out loud and at others, go “Awww”. Of course, it also doubles as a diabetes how-to book just as easily, but the main focus remains staying happy and keeping your sense of humor while being a stay-at-home parent.
5. How to Raise a Smartass by Lucia Walinchus
We all want a kid who is smart, witty and brutally honest – only if we don’t become the subject of that brutal honesty. How to raise a smartass will have you laughing hysterically at the goings-ons in the Walinchus household as she tries to clear the bar exam while throwing up in pregnancy or spending seemingly endless hours breastfeeding her baby.
Quotes like “As a kid, I thought, the Christmas season is SO long. How will I ever wait until Christmas? As an adult I think, the Christmas season is SO short. How will I ever get all this crap done before Christmas?” will have you nodding ‘me too, me too’ way too often. The sharp questions kids ask ever so innocently always make parents go hunting for the right words to say, and this book might just give you a few ideas. Written in short chapters that bring about the much needed bursts of laughter, it is an easy read for parents who only find a few minutes to spare each day.
So the next time you are feeling that you have made the cutest but most dreadful mistake of your life and that parenthood will never ever leave you a fighting chance anymore, just pick up one of these books and think, if they made it, you will too, and probably end up writing a kickass book of your own someday.
Author: Elena is an editor at Book Siren that helps enthusiastic readers refer and recommend reads from passionate authors and publications. She never misses the chance to share her thoughts on literature, books and novels.