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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 176 pages
  • Publisher: Harry N. Abrams (September 1, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1419704591
  • ISBN-13: 978-1419704598
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.8 x 8.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (250 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #5,352 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Smartly, brashly, nearly criminally funny...it also carries a powerful message to all parents, but especially moms, that distilled to its essence is this: chill." (Time Magazine)

"Not often does it happen to me that I open up a "parenting" book and I find myself laughing, nodding and reading-out-loud to anyone who happens to be in the room with me." (babble.com)

"This book will have you in stitches...grab a glass of wine and enjoy--it's the antidote to a rough day on the front lines." (momtrends.com)

"Containing personal anecdotes from all four authors about navigating the minefield of motherhood, from scheduling conference calls while the kids are at home to successfully dropping the children off at camp, the no-nonsense tome hopes to help other mothers realize parenting is a challenge for everyone, but humor can help." (People)

"If you've having a bad Mom day, yelling at your kids because you're in a foul mood or ducking out during homework time because you'd rather play on your smartphone than tackle sixth grade math all over again, take heart: There are four women out there who know you're not perfect, and they're here to give you a break." (NBC Today Moms)

About the Author

Laurie Kilmartin is an Emmy-nominated writer for CONAN on TBS, and, as a stand-up comedian, has appeared on CONAN, Last Comic Standing, Jimmy Kimmel Live, and Comedy Central. She lives in Los Angeles with her son. Karen Moline is a journalist and author who has written more than two dozen nonfiction books, as well as two novels. Karen and her son live in New York City. Alicia Ybarbo is a four-time Emmy award–winning producer. She has worked on NBC’s TODAY show since 2000. She lives in New York City with her husband and two children. Three-time Emmy award–winning producer Mary Ann Zoellner has worked at NBC news for 16 years. She lives in New York City with her husband and two daughters.

Customer Reviews

The perfect book for a fun read.
Heather Herriage
Great read and I have recommended this book to my sister's and friends.
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Read it through and laughed out loud.
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70 of 72 people found the following review helpful By _-_-_-_-_-_-_ on September 17, 2012
Format: Hardcover
Hilarious. like all the awful stories Louise C.K. tells about his kids but better.

Yes, children are precious little angels sent from heaven in a basket, but its okay to make fun of them too. Made me feel like a great mom. And i'm a dad. So that's saying something.
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34 of 39 people found the following review helpful By Shelleyrae TOP 500 REVIEWER on September 9, 2012
Format: Hardcover
If you can't answer 'yes' to at least one of the questions in the Sh*tty Mom quiz then I suggest you put this book down and walk away. It takes time to get a little perspective on the whole parenting thing so don't despair, in another year or two, or after another child or two, you will be ready to enjoy the irreverent advice and humour found in this tongue in cheek guide to motherhood.

Sh*tty Mom: The Guide for Good Enough Moms has a structure similar to the early parenting guides you read so intently while you were pregnant but with chapter headings such as "How To Hand Off the Newborn Who just Filled a Diaper" and "Stop Looking for a Great Babysitter and Settle for One who Shows Up", it lacks the traditional wise and scientifically proven judgements passed down from pediatricians whose own children were raised by their (bilingual) nannies.

Essentially this is a stand up comedy show script with lines written strictly for audience reaction. I couldn't help but snigger here and there and even laughed loud enough for my husband to ask 'what was so funny?' on occasion. There were scenes that went a little far, even for my relaxed mothering style, but I am sure a redneck somewhere thought they were hilarious.

Even though there is little in this book in the way of serious, or even legal, advice there is a kernel of wisdom buried under the snarky wit and carefree attitude of Sh*tty Mom. Parenting is, at times, exhausting, thankless, and insanely competitive. Sometimes "good enough" is the best you can do, and that's OK.
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22 of 26 people found the following review helpful By Catherine R. Gorry on August 28, 2012
Format: Hardcover
Having 4 children, ages 25-14, this book cracked me up. A very tongue and cheek approach to parenting. I do remember the alarm going off early enough on a Saturday morning to make the 8 AM soccer game, and thinking " Is he/she EVEN going to play today...will they REALLY miss him/her?" A great read for seasoned and new parents alike!!!!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By sandy on March 9, 2013
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I laughed out loud with every turn of the page! Incredibly hilarious! A definite recommended read for every mom or mom to be!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By A. Schmidt on March 20, 2013
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I could not put this book down nor stop laughing!!! It is a must read for anyone with a sense of humor. Now I don't know what I will do with my 5 mins of spear mommy time.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Stephane on December 26, 2013
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But I didn't like this book at all.
I'm far from being a perfect mom, so I thought I'd like this book a lot. But I didn't. Didn't like how it was written, the content... anything really. Regret the time I spent reading... I should have taken a nap instead...
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By A Reputable Source on November 6, 2012
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There are a couple chapters from the book circulating on the Internet. If these make you laugh out loud then this is definitely your type of humor. I only wish the book didn't end!
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful By KSKORB on September 4, 2012
Format: Hardcover
About The Book: Sh*tty Momis the ultimate parenting guide, written by four moms who have seen it all. As hilarious as it is universal, each chapter presents a common parenting scenario with advice on how to get through it in the easiest and most efficient way possible. With chapters such as "How to Sleep Until 9 A.M. Every Weekend" and "When Seeing an Infant Triggers a Mental Illness That Makes You Want to Have Another Baby," as well as a Sh*tty Mom quiz, this is a must-have, laugh-out-loud funny book for the sh*tty parent in all of us.

About The Authors: Laurie Kilmartin is an Emmy-nominated writer for CONAN on TBS, and, as a stand-up comedian, has appeared on CONAN, Last Comic Standing, Jimmy Kimmel Live, and Comedy Central. She lives in Los Angeles with her son. Karen Molineis a journalist and author who has written more than two dozen nonfiction books, as well as two novels. Karen and her son live in New York City. Alicia Ybarbo is a four-time Emmy award-winning producer. She has worked on NBC's TODAY show since 2000. She lives in New York City with her husband and two children. Three-time Emmy award-winning producer Mary Ann Zoellner has worked at NBC news for 16 years. She lives in New York City with her husband and two daughters.

My Thoughts About The Book: I have to admit that I was less than thrilled about the title of the book. I believed myself to be a good parent....but had to admit that babies and children do not come with an instruction manual. It was because of that that I chose to review this book. It was hilarious! It was a humorous group of anecdotes at how to survive life with a baby in the house. The preliminary quiz brought tears to my eyes. One of the questions was, "if your kid does have a 100 degree fever do you debate keeping him at home.
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