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I Still Just Want to Pee Alone (I Just Want to Pee Alone) (Volume 3) Paperback – March 12, 2015
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But in all seriousness, this book is a great way to get away as the stories are short, much like most moms' attention spans and breaks from their children. I suggest you keep it by the toilet and take several "potty breaks" with the door locked so you can escape and read a story when the parental s*** hits the fan. One of the lovely authors sent me an advanced copies of this book so I could escape my own children in the same manner.
I sometimes wonder if other parents go through the same struggles that I encounter raising my 7 and 3 year old. Well, now I have proof that other parents have it just as hard, if not harder. But laughing does help recharge my batteries and this book does just that. I Still Just Want To Pee Alone (Volume 3) is super easy to read. I can usually read an essay or two before any of the kids even realize I'm hiding out.
Being able to relate to other moms helps me immensely. I loved reading the list of fifty surefire ways to piss off babies and toddlers by Nicole Lee Shaw from her short essay titled "Let's Piss-Off The Babies". Every bit of what I read is 150% true and it's nice to read stories from moms that aren't sugar coating things, these are honest to the core and that's what I appreciate.
Thanks to Harmony one of the contributing authors for sending me an advanced copy.
I Still Just Want to Pee Alone gives some of the best parenting writers out there the room to craft their stories, to add the kind of detail and depth that a weekly 500-word post just can’t provide. Moreover, I loved the juxtaposition of the humor and the heartbreak, of essays that are brash or goofy rubbing pages with essays that are vulnerable and moving. It’s a perfect metaphor for parenting.
These were the moments in this book that engrossed me, that made me let my cup of coffee go cold:
• In “Flames, Knives, and Fear: A Family Dinner,” a mom desperate for a night free of cooking, a hibachi chef who can’t read physical cues, flying shrimp, and three terrified children.
• * The very title of “It’s Not Pee. It’s You.” and its accompanying story of labor, denial, and puppy pads.
• The craziest and most compelling first line I’ve read in a long time (“I wonder if my mother-in-law likes my tits?”), which introduces the hilarious and surprisingly touching story of a new mom bonding with her MIL over a breast pump in “For Whom the Cow Moos.”
• In “The Day I Got Taken to Church,” a hum-dinger of an ending that could have been delivered only by a 5-year-old boy whose mother dropped a big ol’ F-bomb on his image of her as a virginal saint.
• In “Deal,” he moment an urgent potty time incident in the park, makes a mom wrap up her pity party over a lost job opportunity.
No collection of parenting essays is without its share of potty humor, strong drinks, and salty language, but that doesn’t negate the quality of the writing in I Still Just Want to Pee Alone. All in all, this was a really fun read that had me both laughing and feeling the feels.