Finished my second vacation book this morning snug in my own bed. (Lest you think I drove back to the lakeshore, I took this pic on our last day.) This book caught my eye while perusing a children's shoppe with the kids in downtown South Haven. It was perched atop a stack of books labeled "Beach reads for Mom!" I had just finished The Art of Racing in the Rain and wanted/needed something a bit lighter. The title certainly grabbed my attention as it stood out among the other more 'normal' parenting books. I took a chance and carried it to the register. And let me tell you, it was the best $14 I've spent in a while! I love to laugh and this book made me laugh so hard I cried. Every page was like a wink from my late father (who absolutely used the guilt and manipulation technique every chance he got!) I thought I'd fall out of my beach chair when the author explained mentioning the horrible dangers related to an activity as opposed to laying down the law and saying NO! My dad did this about everything (whether or not it made any sense at all.) 'You want to go play Putt Putt with your friends? *shakes his head* I guess you aren't privy to the fact that more kidnappings happen at Putt Putt courses than at any other spot in this city. *leaves the room while I imagine 12 different kidnapping scenarios and ultimately decide not to risk it.* 😂 It is impossible to be raised with this technique and not pass a bit of the same on to your own kids. Just this week Isabella was sitting by me on the beach. She said, "I'm thinking I might be ready to get my ears pierced." I must've looked nervous or lost in thought because she said, "Momma, what are you thinking about?" And before I could stop myself, I said, "I was just thinking that I hope they don't get infected like a girl I went to school with." And a split second later she said "Well, I'm gonna wait on it because you never know." 🙈I'm not proud of this people! Beckwith is a stand up comedian and a mother of two. She is refreshingly honest and, of course, hilarious. I absolutely loved this book. I've never read anything funnier and it contains some seriously solid parenting advice!
*includes Cussing/some adult concepts.*