About the Book"A heartfelt, subversively funny memoir and a bold personal manifesto that pushes back against the superficial expectations of motherhood -- and challenges the idea that there's a "right" way to raise kids. With hard-won knowledge gained from having four kids in four years, Kristen Howerton navigates the emotional and sometimes messy waters of motherhood, sharing valuable lessons from her journey through infertility, adoption, pregnancy, toddler tantrums, divorce, and the shock and awe of parenting teens. Howerton recounts how she learned to opt out from the pressure to do it all perfectly. As a mom of both white and black children and a licensed therapist, Howerton talks frankly about the thorny issues parents face today, whether it's finding good mom friends, confronting racism, disciplining other people's kids, or falling short of that elusive work/life balance. Howerton's experience--the expectations, the stress, the total lack of control, and yes, the indignities of driving a minivan (which now sits in her driveway littered with crushed Cheetos and the remnants of her self-esteem)--along with her ability to laugh at herself, reminds parents they are not alone on this unpredictable ride"--
Book Synopsis"Howerton writes unflinchingly about what it means to be raising children in today's world and how to liberate ourselves from the myth of perfect motherhood."--Glennon Doyle, author of Untamed and Love Warrior, founder of Together Rising
Review Quotes"Howerton is one of the clearest, wisest, smartest voices in our culture. She tackles the complicated aspects of motherhood and distills them down to what is absolutely true, right, and good. Plus, she is funny and endearing, so she will forever be one of my favorite writers."--Jen Hatmaker, author of Fierce, Free, and Full of Fire, For the Love, and Of Mess and Moxie "This book is imperfectly perfect. Or perfectly imperfect. I get those confused. Either way, you should totally read it."--Jenny Lawson, author of Furiously Happy and Let's Pretend This Never Happened "This book is like no parenting book I've ever read--it's hilarious, thoughtful, and chock-full of the very best advice about raising kids. Read it. Not only will you have better tools and ideas for your parenting journey, but you'll also realize you're not alone."--Matthew Paul Turner, author of When God Made You and When I Pray for You "Howerton has a unique ability to be simultaneously playful and wise, funny and deeply thoughtful. She writes like a familiar friend and an insightful guide in the same moment. That's a rare gift, and it makes this book so special."--Shauna Niequist, author of Present Over Perfect and Savor "Howerton tells a much bigger story than motherhood--she tells a human story. As someone without kids, I wondered where I might find myself in these pages, but everywhere I looked, there I was. Her honest and hilarious examination of motherhood --about losing control, never arriving, and learning something new at every turn--is deeply relatable and a fresh reminder that you're not the only one who doesn't have it all together."--Brit Barron, author of Worth It
About The AuthorKristen Howerton is a licensed marriage and family therapist and became the mother of four children within four years via birth and adoption. She is the founder of the blog Rage Against the Minivan and has created several popular humor destinations online, including the popular Tumblr "Pinterest, You Are Drunk" and the #assholeparent meme and Instagram account. She is the co-host of Selfie, a podcast dedicated to exploring the mind, body, and spirit aspects of self-care.