NEW YORK – One mom lured her daughter to bed – at age 8 – with a trail of chocolate chips up her townhouse stairs. Another found herself on the floor of a plane screaming Save the Jelly Bellys! They spilled as she fed them to her preschooler to fend off in-flight earache meltdowns.
Don’t go diving for your dog-eared parenting guides or Googling Dr. Sears on the above, but if you’re looking for a little validation of your crappiest mom moments as not such a huge deal after all, hunt down Sh*tty Mom, the unofficial companion to last year’s best-seller Go the (Bleep) to Sleep.
The latest in irreverent parenting books is written by four busy, often tired working moms looking to offer some overdue laughs as counterpoint to today’s parenting-to-perfection mania.
Mary Ann Zoellner and Alicia Ybarbo, both segment producers for the Today show, cooked up the idea with Karen Moline one night over margaritas about three years ago.
One among them was avoiding her kids’ bedtime madness back home.
The three were paired by an agent with Laurie Kilmartin, a joke master for Conan and single mom to a 5-year-old in Burbank, Calif.
The target audience is women who are tired of books coming out that tell you you’re kind of doing everything wrong and if you only did this, this and this you would be doing a better job and your kids would turn out better, Kilmartin said. I think tiger mom put everyone over the deep end, and so it was sort of a pushback.
The book out in mid-September just hit the New York Times best-seller list at 12th in its category.