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Don't Lick the Minivan, and Other Things I Never Thought I'd Say to My Kids

Shirtliffe, Leanne (Book - 2013)
Average Rating: 3 stars out of 5.
Don't Lick the Minivan, and Other Things I Never Thought I'd Say to My Kids
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As a woman used to traveling and living the high life in Bangkok, Leanne Shirtliffe recognized the constant fodder for humor while pregnant with twins in Asia's sin city. But in spite of deep-fried bug cuisine and nurses who cover newborn bassinets with plastic wrap, Shirtliffe manages to keep her babies alive for a year with help from a Coca-Cola deliveryman, several waitresses, and a bra factory. Then she and her husband return home to the isolation of North American suburbia. In Don't Lick the Minivan , Shirtliffe captures the bizarre aspects of parenting in her edgy, honest voice. She explores the hazards of everyday life with children such as: The birthday party where neighborhood kids took home skin rashes from the second-hand face paint she applied. The time she discovered her twins carving their names into her minivan's paint with rocks. The funeral she officiated for "Stripper Barbie." The horror of glitter. And much more! A delayed encounter with postpartum depression helps Shirtliffe to realize that even if she can't teach her kids how to tie their shoelaces, she's a good enough mom. At least good enough to start saving for her twins' therapy fund. And possibly her own. Crisply written, Don't Lick the Minivan will have parents laughing out loud and nodding in agreement. Shirtliffe's memoir might not replace a therapist, but it is a lot cheaper.
Authors: Shirtliffe, Leanne
Title: Don't lick the minivan, and other things I never thought I'd say to my kids
Published: New York, NY :, Skyhorse Publishing,, [2013]
Characteristics: xvi, 282 pages ;,24 cm
Notes: Includes index.
Local Note: 1
Alternate Title: Do not lick the minivan
ISBN: 9781620875261
1620875268
Branch Call Number: 818.607 SHI
Statement of Responsibility: Leanne Shirtliffe
Subject Headings: Parenting Humor.
Topical Term: Parenting
LCCN: 2012047599
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Jul 29, 2013
  • ksoles rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

"Don't Lick the Minivan" contains mostly witty though sometimes over-the-top commentary on the quotidian ups and downs of parenting twins. Canadian humour blogger, Leanne Shirtliffe, became pregnant in Thailand where, by week 37, the combined mass of her two nurses "equaled one of [her] thighs." After a year in Bangkok with her twins and husband, the family moved to Alberta where the inevitable roller coaster ride of new parenthood ensued.

Shirtliffe provides anecdotes and reflections on everything from breast-feeding to airplane flights to fingernail cuttings and includes numerous tongue in cheek parenting tips such as, "on long trips, let your children eat whatever processed crap you can get your hands on." On one hand, this book reads a lot like every other comedic parenting memoir but, on the other, it stands out because of its interplay between laugh out loud moments and frank confessions of Shirtliffe's dips into postpartum depression. Amid her frequent self-judgements and doubts, she tries to remember that "it is all a stage...and the most important thing to do is laugh."

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