I Want My Epidural Back

I Want My Epidural Back

Adventures In Mediocre Parenting

Book - 2016
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Karen Alpert, creator of the Baby Sideburns parenting blog, offers her brutally honest and hilarious take on parenting - showing you that mediocre parents are awesome too. Moms and dads today worry they're bad parents. They see others on Facebook and Pinterest showing off their smiley, perfect, put-together spotless children creating masterworks of art in their gorgeously designed playrooms. They constantly hear moms brag about whipping up three-course gourmet dinners while their kids sit quietly reading books far beyond their grade level. They read posts from parents complaining that they can't get their daughter to eat her French fries because she's too full from broccoli. But Karen Alpert knows this is not reality. Despite what you hear and read every day, you do not need to be perfect to be a kickass parent. Parenting is messy. Parenting is hard. Parenting brings out the best AND the worst in adults. And some of the best parents in the world are mediocre parents. Karen proudly admits she's a mediocre parent, and in I Want My Epidural Back she'll make you believe that mediocre parents are awesome too. Karen shares her honest, crass, pee-in-your-pants funny observations, stories, quips, and essays on discipline, potty training, eating, sleeping and more that will make you laugh and have you nodding your head in recognition. Observing the world of parents and children through her edgy and unique perspective, Karen brings reality into focus, reminding moms and dads everywhere to celebrate and embrace their own not-so-perfect-yet-totally-wonderful parenthood.
Publisher: New York :, William Morrow, an imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers, , 2016.
Edition: First edition.
ISBN: 9780062427083
Characteristics: x, 309 pages : illustrations ; 19 cm


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CatherineG_1 Sep 03, 2017

Alpert says a lot of things parents are thinking and want to say about things like discipline, food allergies and scheduling.
There are so many funny moments in the book - She recognises her husband for his patience with their children but at the same time is amazed that he cannot find things in their house. Her story about flying with two children on the plane while her husband slept was hilarious.
Alpert also talks about that moment when you cannot find your child in an amusement park and time stands still.
In the end, she does get sentimental talking about how quickly her children have grown and how she wishes she could have the time back.
Very cute but her language might not be for everyone.

Jul 12, 2017

I never read her first book and had no idea what I was in for. I found this book hilarious. Having just finished another book on motherhood and barely getting through, it was refreshing to find a book where I could really relate (waiting to answer your children's call only after they say your name for the 16th time). True enough there are chapters that won't appeal but for the most part I appreciated the authors sense of humour. Commenting further on another review below, the letter she wrote to a fellow Mum regarding allergies. I assumed that the letter was simply fictitious and the author wrote only what she was thinking in her head? Overall I would definitely consider reading the authors first book because if it offers as much humour as this one, I know I will undoubtedly love it.

Mar 13, 2017

I thought maybe the second book would be a bit "old" but I laughed so hard in so many parts. In fact I read some aloud to hubby and my adult daughter. They actually laughed too and daughter doesn't even had kids!
Like a another person who has posted there comments I did find a couple of topics not funny (the peanut allergy and the parents and inlaws as babysitters and then having the gall to provide snarky instructions) but then I thought WHOA that's HER sense of humor and likely many other people's sense of humor not mine. I found other things ridiculously funny which I'm sure other people would take offense at.
I used to document the odd thing our kids did and I always said I'd write a book - after reading both her books I'm kicking myself in the butt now LOL!

JCLCaitlinT Dec 27, 2016

Even for non-parents like me, there are so many hilariously poignant antidotes in this book. Some might find Alpert mean or too harsh, but I felt like I was talking with a snarky, candid friend while reading it, which was refreshing (and again, I'm not even a parent). The rhythm does start to get old after awhile though, but the beauty of a book like this is you can stop reading at any time since there isn't really a rising plot or climax.

Nov 19, 2016

Too cynical and mean for me. (The meanness happened in a note she wrote to another mom who I gather wanted her child to bring peanuts in something to school. I support the message that we all need to keep highly allergic kids safe, but I object to the flaming anger of the message, like so many messages on social media. Not my generation's way, I guess, and I think it's more divisive than necessary.)

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