When's the last time you had a good laugh? I mean, like, a really good Mom Are You Okay No Seriously Mom You're Crying laugh? You go ahead and think about that while I tell you why you need to click here and buy Gummi Bears Should Not Be Organic: And Other Opinions I Can't Back Up With Facts by Stefanie Wilder-Taylor.
For those of you who live under a bigger rock than I do, Stefanie is an accomplished author, host of her own Nick Mom show, and co-hosts the insanely popular For Crying Out Loud podcast with Lynette Carolla. (And yes, I do listen to the podcast and it's fucking hysterical, thank you very much.) Stefanie also happens to be the kind of author I love because there's no guessing what the book is about and figuring out if you're gonna like it before you buy it. Her book titles say it all.
Why Yes, That's a Great Idea! To hell with trying to mad-clean the house while the kid naps.
My therapist says this is progress.
See? It's like Full Disclosure every single time. Because Gummi Bears totally shouldn't be organic and I can't back up a fucking thing with a single verfiable fact and this is where you decide that Yes, We Would Totally Be Friends in Real Life or you just click out and run for the hills. If you're still here, I'll tell you a secret: I liked you better, anyway.
Gummi Bears makes for a great mom read. Short and punchy chapters made up of individual essays with a single goal of reminding us all that perfection belongs on the Pinterest boards we all follow but will never actually live up to and to stop feeling guilty about it. This is probably the part where I should mention that you should totally not buy this book if you are easily offended but wait, never mind. We decided you were my favorite in the last paragraph, didn't we?
I'll end with my favorite Gummi Bears passage:
"You just need to put it in perspective. You aren't that pageant mom who allegedly gave her eight-year-old daughter botox so she wouldn't get wrinkles. Feel better about your parenting now? Or what about the human barbie lady who gifted her seven year old with a voucher for a boob job that she can use when she turns sixteen. Or how about the drunkie dad who made an eight year old drive on the freeway so he could sleep it off while his four year old was unbelted in the backseat. Look those people up and then throw yourself a parade. Compared to these people, you are doing fantastic. OK, at least you aren't newsworthy. And some days, you just gotta take not newsworthy as a win."
*** Did I forget to mention the SIGNED BOOK GIVEAWAY????? That's right, people. Stefanie has graciously offered up ONE signed copy of Gummi Bears to one Aspiring Mama reader. EVERYBODY SAY THANK YOU, STEFANIE!