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

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
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 215 pages
  • Publisher: Finn-Phyllis Press (May 28, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0974699039
  • ISBN-13: 978-0974699035
  • Product Dimensions: 8.4 x 5.5 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,417,403 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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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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I read Elizabeth's book when it first came out a few months ago and her gems of advice still come back to me. Not only is it a humorous book, but it's a real mom giving real advice. Too often, parents are caught up in the competition of childhood and trying to be the BEST, or just trying to feel good about what they're doing on a daily basis. This book is real examples of a parent just trying to do her best while putting a little humor into some daily struggles. Parenting is hard and serious work, and like Elizabeth says you have to take care of yourself- even if that means stopping at Starbucks often.

It was a really fast read, and yes, it's funny and you will laugh, but there is some really GREAT advice. You don't need to be a twin parent to appreciate her book either.
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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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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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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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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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Elizabeth Lyons... I feel like 1. I want to be your best friend and 2. That you have this hilariously witty way to love your family so deeply. You are intentional and present and I learned so much on how to handle the chaos that is my beautiful LIFE!!!
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