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Product Details

  • Paperback: 210 pages
  • Publisher: Finn-Phyllis Press (May 28, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0974699039
  • ISBN-13: 978-0974699035
  • Product Dimensions: 8.3 x 5.5 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,752,559 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"...32 rules to help the modern woman thrive in the circus show that is motherhood. Always honest and uproariously funny, Lyons' personal narrative of walking the tightrope is spot-on accurate and should be on every mother's bookshelf." --Jana Matthews, author of TheMeanestMom.blogspot.com

You Cannot Be Serious is a delightfully funny read with sound advice for any mom who could use a little balance between the diapers and the "Don't touch that!" --Jen Singer, author of the Stop-Second Guessing Yourself guides to parenting

"A must-have for moms craving a heartfelt laugh." --Ali Wing, founder of giggle

"Fresh, inspiring, and wickedly funny." --Jenna McCarthy, author of The Parent Trip: From High Heels and Parties to Highchairs and Potties

"...32 rules to help the modern woman thrive in the circus show that is motherhood. Always honest and uproariously funny, Lyons' personal narrative of walking the tightrope is spot-on accurate and should be on every mother's bookshelf." --Jana Matthews, author of TheMeanestMom.blogspot.com <span id="thumbprint">(added by author)</span><br /><br />You Cannot Be Serious is a delightfully funny read with sound advice for any mom who could use a little balance between the diapers and the "Don't touch that!" --Jen Singer, author of the Stop-Second Guessing Yourself guides to parenting <span id="thumbprint">(added by author)</span>

About the Author

Elizabeth Lyons is a mom, author, and inspirational entrepreneur. She is also the author of Ready or Not...Here We Come! and Ready or Not...There We Go!, humorous guides to the first year and toddler years with twins. Visit her website at ElizabethLyons.com

More About the Author

Elizabeth Lyons vividly remembers the day she sat down at the kitchen table and began writing her first book. She was 6 years old. She started with chapter 8 because starting from the very beginning seemed an awful lot of work. When she discovered that she couldn't write an entire book in a day, she quit. Because there were enough other proverbial fish to fry that taking more than 24 hours to complete one project seemed nothing short of absurd.

She invented her first game, Jakbat, at age 3. She wrote her first song (with the very original title "It's really a song") at age 10, and fully expects the newest boy band to pick it up any second. And she insists that she invented the battery-operated heat-generating ice scraper but sadly admits that she didn't run to the patent office fast enough. Lesson learned.

These days, Elizabeth is many things: mom, wife, friend, lunch maker, chauffeur, hostage negotiator, author, on-call plumber, tile layer, guitar student, window washer, product designer, and on and on. She is the author of Ready or Not...Here We Come! and Ready or Not...There We Go!, humorous, solutions-packed, tell-it-like-it-is guides to the first year and toddler years with twins. She is also the author of You Cannot Be Serious: and 32 Other Rules that Sustain a (Mostly) Balanced Mom.

One thing she is not is Superwoman.

She simply demands the right to do things her way--a way that often defies even the most creative imaginations--and she strives to inspire others to do things their way (once they figure out what their way is!).

So, what exactly is an inspirational entrepreneur anyway? Truth be told, it's a term Elizabeth's husband came up with to describe someone who not only is entrepreneurial based on what inspires her, but encourages, inspires, and motivates others to do the same.

Elizabeth lives in Arizona with her husband, five kids, two dogs, two fish, four barely surviving organic gardens, and whatever (or whomever) else has taken up residence with them in the last five minutes.

Please feel free to contact Elizabeth at author (at) elizabethlyons (dot) com. She would love to hear from you, and she prides herself on punctual responses. But if you send an e-mail between 9 p.m. and 7 a.m., you'll have to wait a bit because those are the hours during which she either thinks about or actually engages in sleep, the latter of which is completely non-negotiable.

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This book is a great gift for a fellow mom.
Rebecca E. Anderson
This book is real examples of a parent just trying to do her best while putting a little humor into some daily struggles.
Stephanie Rueckert
Her book is more to me than a pretty night-stand table adornment, it's more like my security blanket.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By eld678 on September 30, 2011
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In a sea of books about parenting, You Cannot Be Serious and 32 Other Rules that Sustain a (Mostly) Balanced Mom, is my life preserver. Author Elizabeth Lyons holds back nothing and gives you everything--honesty, humor and tangible solutions. Her book is more to me than a pretty night-stand table adornment, it's more like my security blanket. Unlike other parenting books I've encountered, Lyons doesn't preach or lecture. Instead, she shares her experience in a conversational way, as if you're sharing a cup of coffee together. I encourage all moms, especially those who are in need of an emotional lift, to read You Cannot Be Serious! You will absolutely love it!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Nicole Johnson on June 2, 2010
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In "You Cannot Be Serious and 32 Other Rules that Sustain a (Mostly) Balanced Mom", Elizabeth Lyons presents great life lessons and a set of rules that Moms of one or even twenty children can apprieciate and learn from. Elizabeths gives great advice and truly makes you think about the things in our life that we do, say and think and presents ways that we can simplify our life by learning to stop sweating the small stuff and focus on what is really important in our lives. I love that Elizabeth admits that she isn't the perfect mom...are any of us? What is perfect anyway? From her own experience as a mother of 5, Elizabeth shares her rules in a witty and comical way that any Mom will be able to relate to and enjoy. As a mother of 3 boys, I can totally apprieciate the wisdom shared within the pages of this book.

I highly suggest picking up "You Cannot Be Serious". Apply the rules that work for you and your family, and make up some of your own as you see fit and of course share this amazing book with your family and friends!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Cheryl Lage on June 6, 2010
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With the same laughter-inducing style that's made her earlier books wildly popular with moms of multiples, in You Cannot Be Serious Elizabeth Lyons generously shares her insightful 'rules for becoming a (mostly) balanced mom'---no matter your number of children! Amidst the melange of maternal experiences Liz recounts---the chaotic and crazy, the frenzied and funny---one rubber ducky keeps rising to the top of the overflowing tub: love your life. Rarely does a book infused with such hilarity provide such an encouraging and uplifting parenting outlook. You Cannot Be Serious is not only an imperative call to action, it's a nightstand necessity!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Jenna McCarthy on June 1, 2010
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I picked up this book thinking it was going to be a funny book about being a mom--and it was. What I DIDN'T expect was all of the delightful wisdom and perspective. Covering everything from meltdowns to dead fish to attempting a Target run with FIVE KIDS in tow, Lyons offers a fresh look at the daily madness of motherhood. Each fun, easy-to-read chapter contains a lesson, and the lessons become rules to live by and stay sane. Whether you're contemplating starting a family or have thirteen grandchildren running around, this book will help you do it with grace--and a smile.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Rebecca E. Anderson on September 7, 2010
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What a breath of fresh air!!!! So needed! Elizabeth removes the guilt of being a working mother and showed me how to balance it all again. There's no judgment rather support. Elizabeth offers conventional wisdom that reminds me of what being a mom is all about...slowing down and enjoying the moments, rather than wishing them away to the, "I can't wait till you can ______."
This book is a great gift for a fellow mom. As a mom of twins myself, it's dear to my heart. Elizabeth puts it out there: we are all doing the best we can with what we've got.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Marie on July 26, 2011
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This book inspires you to be positive and grateful for everything you have! I couldn't think of any better advice for a mom. I have my book being passed around amongst friends and I am now coming to Amazon to purchase 2 more to give as gifts to friends. Moms' time is so precious and this book is so deserving of that time! We all should be handed this book as we leave the hospital with our newborns!! Enjoy!
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Lori Deschene on June 1, 2010
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I must admit I am not a mom--but something about Elizabeth Lyons' website and online presence told me there might be something in this book for me. I read it with intentions to review it on my website, and I feel compelled to review it here, as well.

Elizabeth's life seems much more chaotic than mine, and yet she handles it all with amazing grace and humor. A couple of my favorite tips from the book include: indulge a guilty pleasure (It's OK to read US Weekly!) and accept yourself as you are (it never occurred to me to just accept my Type A personality--I am always fighting it.)

Every section includes profound wisdom stated simply, exemplified through delightful stories from her every day life. Her children are like an entertaining cast of characters, complete with nicknames like "The Senator" and "Big Daddy." After reading her book I didn't just feel better equipped to handle life's challenges--I felt like I wanted to be part of her family. Mostly because they handle life's highs and lows with love and respect for each other and have fun through it all.

In the end, I think that's the most important rule--which might explain why it's right in the title. You cannot be serious. Sometimes we do it anyways. It's a beautiful thing when a lighthearted little manual reminds you how to laugh your way to peace of mind and happiness.
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