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The Mommy Shorts Guide to Remarkably Average Parenting Hardcover – 27 Sep 2016
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This is everything I absolutely love about Mommy Shorts in one perfect little package. It's hilarious and comforting and a must have for every mommy you know!! --Jill Smokler "New York Times bestselling author and founder of the top parenting website, scarymommy.com "
"Finally, the perfect survival book for parents who are normal. Thanks to this book, my cheeks hurt from smiling and my neck hurts from nodding my head over and over again."--Karen Alpert, New York Times Best Selling Author (aka Baby Sideburns)
"Ilana Wiles had me the moment she copped to her very real concern that, based on the ultrasound, her baby had a big nose. And she never lost me. Give yourself the present of this book. You've earned it."--Kelly Corrigan New York Times Bestselling author of Glitter & Glue and The Middle Place
About the Author
Ilana Wiles is a former advertising creative director. She worked for more than 15 years creating TV commercials and ad campaigns for international brands such as Oreo and Diet Coke before starting the blog Mommy Shorts in her spare time. By November 2013, the blog was so popular she was able to quit her day job. Aside from giving advice and sharing stories on her blog (and being an expert at creating viral content), she is the mother of two girls. Wiles lives in downtown Manhattan with her husband and children.
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In this regard, I was spot on.
However, this is more than just another cutesy parenting book with stories about how kids can be little terrors but are ultimately adorable. Instead, it focuses on the 'remarkably average parenting' of the title, reassuring readers that everyone is in the same boat: we're all making it up as we go along and there are good days and bad days for everybody. There's nothing new or earth-shattering here, just entertaining stories, pictures, funny infographics and the writer's thoughts on her own parenting style (which, like everyone else's, is a mish-mash of ideals, compromises and downright bribery with cookies!)
What I really liked about the book was the presentation: it looks gorgeous, with bright colours, tonnes of pictures, comic captions and silly-but-accurate infographics. The layout is beautiful, with plenty to look at and admire, as well as easy to read.
If there is one thing I didn't enjoy as much as the rest, it was the long anecdotes about the writer's own children. I realise that they are pretty important to the whole book, but I really liked the bits where Wiles featured other mums' stories too. Sometimes the funniest bits on parenting blogs are in the comments section, and I thought that was something that was underused here.
In all, there's much to enjoy here for anyone who has embarked on the parenting journey only to wonder whether they're really doing it right. Wiles provides reassurance that there isn't a 'correct' way, and she manages to present it entertainingly too!
I was provided with a free copy of the book from NetGalley in return for an honest review.