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Author Howerton, Kristen, author.

Title Rage against the minivan : learning to parent without perfection / Kristen Howerton.

Publication Info. New York : Convergent, [2020]

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 Moore Stacks  HQ759 .H78176 2020    Available  ---
Edition First edition.
Description viii, 202 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm
Summary "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"-- Provided by publisher.
Contents The internet is full of $*!# and so am I -- Poop, there it is -- Ready, set, nope: How to fail at motherhood before you even start -- Miracle baby -- I "had it all," right on the front of my shirt -- Give me downtime or give me death -- #Assholeparent -- Ambiguity, for sure -- But they are such cute little narcissists... -- Smells like teen spirit -- Is you is or is you ain't my baby -- The myth of colorblindness -- Checking email is the new churning butter -- Dad privilege -- Opting out -- Cheerleaders and ass-kickers -- Shaken -- What is love? (Baby, don't hurt me) -- "Sleep when the baby sleeps" and other lies -- Skin in the game -- Vwazinaj se fanmi (The neighborhood is the family) -- Does this divorce make my brand look bad? -- Type-A mom, B+ family: Excelling at average -- Opting in -- It gets better: The light at the end of the laundry room.
Subject Howerton, Kristen.
Motherhood -- Humor.
Genre/Form Autobiographies.
Other Form: Online version: Howerton, Kristen. Rage against the minivan First edition. New York : Convergent, [2020] 9781984825179 (DLC) 2020003349
ISBN 9781984825162 (hardcover)
9781984825179 (ebook)