Book Review

‘I Want My Epidural Back: Adventures in Mediocre Parenting ‘ by Karen Alpert

iwmeb kaSTORY: Now that I’m a mom, I know the most painful part isn’t getting something giant through your hooha. It’s having a real live child.

If you are the kind of mom who shapes your kiddo’s organic quinoa into reproductions of the Mona Lisa, do not read this book. If you stayed up past midnight to create posters for your PTO presidential campaign, do not read this book. If you look down your nose at parents who have Domino’s pizza on speed dial, do not read this book.

But if you are the kind of parent who accidentally goes ballistic on your rugrats every morning because they won’t put their shoes on and then you feel super guilty about it all day so you take them to McDonald’s for a special treat but really it’s because you opened up your freezer and panicked because you forgot to buy more frozen pizzas, then absolutely read this book.

I Want My Epidural Back is a celebration of mediocre parents and how awesome they are and how their kids love them just as much as children with perfect parents. Karen Alpert’s honest but hilarious observations, stories, quips and pictures will have you nodding your head and peeing in your pants. Or on the toilet if you’re smart and read it there.

REVIEW: Karen describes herself as a mediocre parent, but I found her to be very human, normal, and a good parent. She describes all of those times when children try our very souls. The different age groups and the problems with each are situations that Moms, young and old, can understand. I’m a grandmother and I found myself laughing hysterically.

Remember how kids won’t eat their vegetables no matter how you try to disguise them?

Remember how they won’t eat something on their plate if it touches something else on their place?

Remember leaving them at school on the first day and they screamed bloody murder and you felt like a worm?

Remember taking the kids to a public bathroom? You’re trying to keep them from all those nasty things and they end up filthy anyway. Oh yuk!

Karen runs the whole gamut from feeding her kids fast food and pizzas to cleaning up barf when the kids puke on you. And – oh – there is so much more.

I don’t know when I have had such a good laugh when reading a book. It’s a fairly quick read and one you will certainly enjoy. Don’t try to read it if the kiddies are napping because you will surely wake them up with your laughter.

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