This article originally appeared in Tips on Life & Love from Simon & Schuster.
Think back to the time before you had kids, when you could sleep until noon, go to brunch with your friends, and tell stories that made you laugh so hard you spit out your bloody mary — and none of it involved diapers. Those days may be over, but irreverent humor never dies. Parents with complicated and hilarious things to say about life are here to help. These books will help get you through your transition to parenthood, especially on the days when you are wondering how you got here.
Confessions Of A Scary Mommy
by Jill Smokler
When Jill Smokler was first home with her small children, she thought her blog would be something to keep friends and family updated. To her surprise, she hit a chord in the hearts of mothers everywhere. I end up doing my son’s homework. It’s wrong, but so much easier.Total strangers were contributing their views on that strange reality called motherhood. As other women shared their stories, Jill realized she wasn’t alone in her feelings of exhaustion and imperfection. If you’ve not encountered Scary Mommy before, break out a glass of champagne as well, because you’ll be toasting your initiation into a select club. I know why some animals eat their young.In chapters that cover husbands (The Biggest Baby of Them All) to homework (Didn’t I Already Graduate?), Confessions of a Scary Mommy combines all-new essays from Jill with the best of the anonymous confessions.
Gummi Bears Should Not Be Organic: And Other Opinions I Can’t Back Up With Facts
From the popular mommy blogger and seasoned author of Sippy Cups Are Not for Chardonnay and Naptime Is the New Happy Hour comes this hilarious book of honest, no-holds-barred musings on motherhood.Stefanie Wilder-Taylor is officially fed up with the endless mommy fads, trends, studies, findings, and facts about how to raise children. The mother of three young girls, Stefanie has finally decided to hell with Google—she’s going to find out how to be a mom all on her own.
Go The F**k To Sleep
by Adam Mansbach
Go the F*** to Sleep is a bedtime book for parents who live in the real world, where a few snoozing kitties and cutesy rhymes don’t always send a toddler sailing blissfully off to dreamland. Profane, affectionate, and radically honest, California Book Award-winning author Adam Mansbach’s verses perfectly capture the familiar–and unspoken–tribulations of putting your little angel down for the night. In the process, they open up a conversation about parenting, granting us permission to admit our frustrations, and laugh at their absurdity.
Pat The Husband Mid-Life Crisis: A Parody
by Kate Nelligan
A wildly amusing addition to Pat the Husband, this parody continues the story of Paul and Judy, from their beginnings as newlyweds to celebrating the everyday grind of married life, and now to the stereotypical matters of a mid life crisis. Every spouse and married couple will appreciate the interactive humor as they use pull tabs, touch-and-feel, and other designed elements to see Paul and Judy through unnecessary purchases, vision loss, a dying sex life and marriage counseling; but in the end their love is always for better or worse!Paul and Judy have been through the demands of married life from wedding planning to parenting, and everyday co-habitation. But now that they’re a little older, things have changed. In this wildly amusing continuation of Pat the Husband, Paul and Judy face mid life crises with humor that that any couple can relate to! With interactive flap-lifts, pull-tabs, touch-and-feel and other design elements, readers see Paul and Judy through unnecessary purchases (pull Judy’s shopping bags out of the closet!), sleeping troubles (help Judy insert her ear plugs!), vision loss (find Paul’s glasses!) and a boring a sex life (pull tabs to reveal their thought bubbles!) This humorous take on the quirky characteristics of middle-aged husbands and wives makes the perfect gift for married couples, girlfriend-to-girlfriend and anniversaries; always great for a laugh, especially when these marital matters seem all too familiar!
All My Friends Are Dead
by Avery Monsen
If you’re a dinosaur, all of your friends are dead. If you’re a pirate, all of your friends have scurvy. If you’re a tree, all of your friends are end tables. Each page of this laugh-out-loud illustrated humor book showcases the downside of being everything from a clown to a cassette tape to a zombie. Cute and dark all at once, this hilarious children’s book for adults teaches valuable lessons about life while exploring each cartoon character’s unique grievance and wide-eyed predicament. From the sock whose only friends have gone missing to the houseplant whose friends are being slowly killed by irresponsible plant owners (like you), All My Friends Are Dead presents a delightful primer for laughing at the inevitable.
Moms Who Drink And Swear: True Tales Of Loving My Kids While Losing My Mind
by Nicole Knepper
Attention all potty-mouthed, cheap-wine-drinking mothers: Prepare to meet your match. Any bad thought you’ve had about your kids, Nicole Knepper has had worse. Much worse. It’s not that she doesn’t love her kids. It’s that she understands what a mind-f*?% it can be to try to civilize those wild little beasts.
Based on her hugely popular Facebook page, “Moms Who Drink and Swear,” this book reveals why family dinners are like herpes, how to avoid smashing toys that are being fought over, and the joy of hearing that your son has murdered his imaginary friend. As Nicole rants and raves about caring for children (without crushing their souls), family togetherness (without too many tears), the saving grace of girlfriends (and wine), and love and marriage (and all the baggage that goes with them), she gets to the heart of what every exasperated mom is thinking, just much funnier.
Your Baby’s First Word Will Be DADA
by Jimmy Fallon
Your baby’s first word will be . . .
Everyone knows that fathers wage a secret campaign to ensure that their babies’ first word is “Dada!”
But how does it work?
One of the most popular entertainers in the world and NBC’s The Tonight Show host, Jimmy Fallon, shows you how.
Sh*tty Mom: The Parenting Guide For The Rest Of Us
by Laurie Kilmartin
Sh*tty Mom is the ultimate parenting guide, written by four moms who have seen it all. As hilarious as it is universal, each chapter presents a common parenting scenario with advice on how to get through it in the easiest and most efficient way possible. With chapters such as “How to Sleep Until 9 A.M. Every Weekend” and “When Seeing an Infant Triggers a Mental Illness That Makes You Want to Have Another Baby,” as well as a Sh*tty Mom quiz, this is a must-have, laugh-out-loud funny book for the sh*tty parent in all of us.
People I Want To Punch In The Throat: Competitive Crafters, Drop-Off Despots, And Other Suburban Scourges
by Jen Mann
Jen Mann doesn’t have a filter, which sometimes gets her in trouble with her neighbors, her fellow PTA moms, and that one woman who tried to sell her sex toys at a home shopping party. Known for her hilariously acerbic observations on her blog, People I Want to Punch in the Throat, Mann now brings her sharp wit to bear on suburban life, marriage, and motherhood in this laugh-out-loud collection of essays. From the politics of joining a play group, to the thrill of mothers’ night out at the gun range, to the rewards of your most meaningful relationship (the one you have with your cleaning lady), nothing is sacred or off-limits. So the next time you find yourself wearing fuzzy bunny pajamas in the school carpool line or accidentally stuck at a co-worker’s swingers party, just think, What would Jen Mann do? Or better yet, buy her book.
Toddlers Are A**holes: It’s Not Your Fault
by Bunmi Laditan
Toddler a**holery is a normal part of human development—not unlike puberty, except this stage involves throwing food on the floor and taking swings at people who pay your way in life. For parents of toddlers, it’s a “you better laugh so you don’t cry” period.
Bunmi Laditan’s hilarious, satirical guide to toddlerhood offers parents instant (and very welcome) comic relief—along with the very good news that “It’s Not Your Fault.” Chapters cover the cost of raising a toddler, feeding your toddler, potty-training, tantrums, how to manage the holidays, and “how not to die inside.” Parents will see themselves in the very funny sections on taking your toddler to restaurants (“One parent will spend their time walking your toddler around the restaurant and outside like a cocker spaniel, while the other, luckier parent will eat alone.”), Things You Thought You’d Never Say That You Now Say As a Parent of a Toddler (“I can tell you’re pooping because your eyes are watering.”), and how to order pizza (“Spend $40 on pizza delivery. Listen to your toddler cry for 30 minutes about how the pizza is all wrong. Watch your toddler take a small bite of crust. Google ‘can anger give you a heart attack?’ Start the bedtime routine.”).
Laditan’s wildly funny voice has attracted hundreds of thousands of fans of Honest Toddler on social media; here she speaks parent-to-tired-parent, easing the pains and challenges of raising toddlers with a hefty dose of adult humor and wit.