Laugh it Off

Northeast LibraryStaff Picks

Laugh it Off

Surviving Parenting with Humor

Sometimes as a parent you are overwhelmed, lonely and just want to cry or scream. You are not alone. These authors look at the challenge of being a parent (mostly a mother) and laugh about it. They are honest to the point of absurdity and help the reader see the humor in the fact that your 2-year-old has a mental breakdown when you put his toast in the toaster because he really wanted just bread with jelly on it despite the fact that he continues to call it "toast." All of these authors have very different experiences and points of view, but they are all great reads.

The Sh!t No One Tells You: A Guide to Surviving Your Baby's First Year and The Sh!t No One Tells You about Toddlers: A Guide to Surviving the Toddler Years by Dawn Dais
These two books are part personal memoir, part humorous essay and part parenting guide. This lighthearted and understanding mix makes them easy to read and will comfort you in the midst of those days you are sure that no one has ever gone through this much "sh!t" before. The author has, and she will tell you all about it and how to survive to the next day.

The Mommy Shorts Guide to Remarkably Average Parenting by Ilana Wiles
This book by blogger Ilana Wiles is a hilarious and easy to read (very important to every parent of young children) collection of essays and photographs sure to make you okay with just being average. She is honest about her own inability to be a helicopter mom and the things she learned along the way. Wiles uses a lot of photographs, infographics and lists to make you laugh, another boon to parents who might have problems concentrating on reading for very long.

Bossypants by Tina Fey
While this book is mostly about Fey's career, a good part of the funniest and most moving sections of the book are about her becoming a parent. While the chapter "The Mother's Prayer for Her Daughter" is probably the best known example of Fey's poignant and funny reflection on parenting in this book, her other chapters about being a mom are also insightful and hilarious. Listening to this work on audiobook is delightful, with Fey doing a great job reading it, and a great way to fit a book in while caring for a baby.

Fowl Language: Welcome to Parenting by Brian Gordon
The cover of this collection of comics captures the spirit of this book well. A father duck laying on his back as his offspring jump on his stomach says "I used to be cool and do cool things. . ." Featured on many websites, these comics will help you see the funny side of things when your children are exasperating and endearing at the same time. A quick, fun read, the comics also deal with that fundamental shift in self identity when you have kids.

It Sucked and Then I Cried: How I Had a Baby, a Breakdown, and a Much Needed Margarita by Heather B. Armstrong
Another book written by a popular blogger, this book is an irreverent and fascinating memoir of Armstrong's bumpy path to becoming a mother. Part of her story is dealing with her own mental health as she tries to adjust to taking care of another human being. Even if you have not had postpartum depression, her honest and balanced look at what it means to be a parent and to laugh about it is easy to connect with.