Today I’ve got a special surprise… one of my good friends, Sarah from Established 1975 recently was published in a new book by the Science of Parenthood. It’s called The Big Book of Parenting Tweets. The book is a collection of some of the most hilarious tweets about parenting you’ll find on Twitter. You’ll find yourself nodding your head, snerking, and hiding in closets just for a few minutes privacy to read in peace.
In any event, I invited Sarah to answer a few questions on my blog about the book to promote her well-deserved success! You go, girl. And she’s in good company with the other moms and dads published there. Please consider picking up a copy of the book on Amazon to support them, and to know, as a parent, you’re… not… alone… when it comes to situations totally–um, unique–to being a parent.
Your book has been out for a couple of weeks now, and I found it really funny… how are other people responding to it?
It’s possible that people are just telling me what I want to hear, but everyone I’ve talked to seems to *really* love the book — even people who aren’t super familiar with Twitter as a social media platform. Even better, the Internet and media buzz surrounding the The Big Book of Parenting Tweets has been incredible. For example, we recently got a great review in The Huffington Post and made it onto the front page of Huff Post Books, which was very exciting. Also, humorist and fellow contributor Paige Kellerman appeared on Kansas City Live last week to promote the book, and I highly recommend you check out the interview. She’s amazing.
I’m sure we all need to know… how close to reality is this? Are some of these things actual things your kids have said?
Ha! Well, I can’t speak for anyone else, but rest assured that every tweet *I* contributed to the book was 100% gospel truth. My son absolutely *is* a hilarious and irreverent little jerk who won’t hesitate to tell me in public that my breath smells (and I wouldn’t want it any other way).
Of any room in the house, where would you say the ideal location is for a parent trying to hide to find enough time to read it?
Gotta go with the bathroom. The Big Book of Parenting Tweets is short, sweet, easy to digest, and funny as all hell. It simply screams “READ ME WHILE YOU’RE TAKING A DUMP AND/OR HIDING FROM YOUR CHILDREN.”
Is becoming a comedian a side effect of having children? Or did many of the authors consider themselves to be funny people before embarking on “life’s next great adventure?”
I’m going to say “no” to the side effect thing. It may seem like having children *would* immediately qualify you to be a comedian, that’s sadly just not the case. Want proof? Go to any school holiday function. You can’t swing a cat without hitting a parent that has absolutely NO sense of humor:
“STAND STILL! YOU’RE A WISE MAN, FOR GOD’S SAKE. LOOK WISE!”
“Mom, I’m only 3 and I think I just pooped my pants.”
“WELL, THAT’S JUST GREAT. WORST WISE MAN EVER.”
No, I would definitely say that the contributors to The Big Book of Parenting Tweets were already funny people *before* they became parents. I have to say, though — I’m sure having children provided them with a buttload of additional comic material. I know it did for me!
What’s your best advice for someone about to become a parent?
Run. Run now, before the floors are slippery with breast milk and baby drool.
Can we expect a second edition of this book next year?
I double-checked with Norine and Jessica from Science of Parenthood on this, and their answer was the following: “You can safely say that there are plans for a follow up book. Timing TBA. Subject TBA.” So that is pretty exciting news for Tweeps everywhere!
Sarah del Rio is a comedy writer whose award-winning humor blog est. 1975 brings snark, levity, and perspective to the ladies of Generation X.
Despite being a corporate refugee with absolutely no formal training in English, journalism, or writing of any kind, Sarah somehow manages to find work as a freelance writer and editor. She contributes regularly to blog site BLUNTMoms, has made several appearances on the Huffington Post Best Parenting Tweets of the Week List, and her blog est. 1975 won Funniest Blog in The Indie Chicks 2014 Badass Blog Awards. She has also been featured on blog sites Scary Mommy, In the Powder Room, and the Erma Bombeck Writers’ Workshop.
And don’t forget, you can find The Big Book of Parenting Tweets on Amazon.