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Houghton Mifflin Harcourt (2021-04)
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Parenting: advice & issues


Unfiltered Advice on How to Raise Awesome Kids

by Alpert, Karen

New York Times bestselling author Karen Alpert's brilliant, hilarious, and profound new work of practical humor.

As fans of Karen Alpert's beloved parenting blog Baby Sideburns know, sometimes kids act like real a-holes, whether it's throwing tantrums at the grocery store, or kicking the airplane seat in front of them, or refusing to brush their teeth at night. But rather than add two more jerks to this world, Alpert is on a mission to mold her children into kind, self-sufficient, law-abiding citizens, and she wants to help you do the same.

In Mamas Don't Let Your Babies Grow Up to be A-Holes, Alpert explains how she's raising her kids to become halfway decent adults, sharing her wisdom on topics like self-sufficiency (You are not your kiddo's servant), creativity (Picasso's mom didn't tell him to draw the eyes in the right place); discipline (If they say "I hate you," then you're probably doing it right); and much more. By a regular mom, for regular moms, this guide is as entertaining as it is easy to follow. Along with hilarious real-life exchanges with her own kids, Alpert also includes prescriptive lists and amusing illustrations. The unfiltered advice in this book makes it a must-read for any parent with a sense of humor.

Karen Alpert's parenting blog, Baby Sideburns, has over 340,000 Facebook followers (with a post reach of 6.6 million last month). She is the author of the New York Times bestseller I Heart My Little A-Holes (self- published and reissued by William Morrow), which has sold over 100,000 copies, and I Want My Epidural Back (William Morrow). She lives in Northbrook, IL with her husband and two kids.

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"If raising a kind, confident, self-aware human is your jam, then you need to read this book. With laugh-out-loud humor, refreshing practicality and a glorious potty mouth, Alpert once again delivers the essential read for all of us navigating modern motherhood, and leaves me with just one question... can she raise my kids too?

Quote: Leslie Anne Bruce, NYT Bestselling author of You Are a F*cking Awesome Mom

This hilarious book will leave you feeling hopeful that all those things you do every day that make you feel like a bad mom might actually make your kids better humans after all.

Quote: Catherine Belknap and Natalie Telfer, bs coauthors of Cat and Nat's Mom Truths

Once again, Karen Alpert has done it. Mamas Don't Let Your Babies Grow Up to Be A-Holes is equal parts hilarious, heart-warming, and helpful! Karen's parenting style and advice are relatable for anyone trying their best not to raise little a-holes into bigger a-holes.

Quote: Jen Mann, NYT bestselling author of People I Want to Punch in the Throat

Honest, raw, and hilarious. A must-read for parents who want their kids to grow up to be decent human beings.

Quote: Jill Smokler, NYT bestselling author of Confessions of a Scary Mommy

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