The Parent Trip Review And Giveaway
The next item in the Christmas Giveaway here at the Dirty Shirt is something to relax with. A GOOD book. I give you The Parent Trip from high heels and parties to highchairs and potties by Jenna McCarthy.
Let me start out by saying, “Get ready to laugh your butt off”, because this is one funny book. Starting with the Prologue on, this book will have you in stitches. And I will have to say that I have read just about every parenting book out there. Okay, well maybe not every one, but dang near close! They all say the same thing (and make me feel like I have no clue what I am doing even though I have three kids) but this one is so true, down to earth and FUNNY!!
Below are some excerpts from the book:
He shoots, he scores!
You know how everyone tells you not to tell anyone that you’re trying to get pregnant? At first I thought this was simple common courtesy, as if by not disclosing this little nugget you are sparing your friends and relatives from picturing all of that valiant, clumsy endeavoring. I quickly learn the real wisdom behind this advice: The minute you tell folks you are “trying,” the pressure is on.
“Well?” they drawl each time you see them, sizing you up to see if there’s any noticeable addition to your girth.
“Nothing yet,” you reply as breezily as you can.
Chew on this: A helpful, handy baby-feeding primer
It’s pretty much agreed that as far as food is concerned, babies can get by on breast milk for the first year of life. To me, that’s like saying “women can get by with one purse in perpetuity,” which theoretically, of course, is true, but do I really want to carry a sequined silver evening bag roughly the size of a banana on a day trip to Disneyland? Am I expected to tote my lip-gloss and compact to the Opera (never mind that I don’t go to the Opera) in my hot pink, laminated, moisture and mold-resistant, you-could-fit-a-case-of-diet-Coke-in-it diaper bag? And which of these two options—if I am going to be allowed but one—do I bring to a job interview? On a hiking trip? To a funeral?
My recommendation is that you get this book, weather you are a mom to be or already have that precious child, because it tells you all the “fun” stuff you will be dealing with or sheds new light on the situations if you have already been through them. The fun sections like Is my baby okay? (A field guide to overreacting) and “Take me now, big guy!” and other things you won’t be saying anytime soon will have you cracking up. I had tears in my eyes during that last one.
Jenna touches on the very nerve that make us women and after everything we go through in the roller coaster called pregnancy we come out stronger than ever and with a everlasting prize, our children. And then we are ready to go through it all over again.
About Jenna, a writer whose work has appeared in more than forty national and international magazines, on dozens of web sites and in several anthologies. She has held staff positions for leading publishers including Condé Nast and Primedia, and for two years served as the co-host of Santa Barbara’s top rated radio program, the KTYD Early Show. She has extensive media training and has appeared on numerous national news and lifestyle shows as a media spokesperson for Shape magazine. Aside from the professional things I have found by working with Jenna on this review and giveaway that she is a smart, down to Earth person, and loves what she does. I appreciate that in a writer!
What? Did I mention a giveaway? Well look at that, I did! The author of this great book, Jenna McCarthy has generously donated a copy of her book for me to give to one of my readers. All the fun rules are below:
- MAIN RULE – Tell me one funny baby memory you have of one of your children. (remember if this rule is not followed then no others will count)
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- 2 Extra Entries – Write a post on your blog linking to my blog and to Jenna McCarthy’s website.
This Christmas Giveaway will run through midnight on December 14, with winner being announced the morning of the 15th. Winner will be chosen using Random.org from all valid entries and submitted to PRIZEYWinners as well as notified via email the first week of December. Winner will have 48 hours to contact me before another winner is chosen. Giveaway is open to U.S. residents only.