How to Raise a Smart Ass Book Review & Giveaway

Sometimes, we just need to step back from our day to day parenting adventures and take a more lighthearted look at some of the not-really-for-the-faint-at-heart life events we have encountered as parents! I enjoy parenting, memoir-type books. Some days, it's easy to feel like the star of God's own daily-happenings-in-the-weird-and-unusual reality show. Reading another parent's take on raising children (especially amusing takes) helps me keep it all in perspective! What did I think of How to Raise a Smart Ass by Lucia Walinchus?

I received a complimentary e-book copy of this book for use in my review. All opinions are my own. Readers may enter to win a prize in the book tour giveaway at the end of this post. 

Quick Summary of How to Raise a Smart Ass by Lucia Walinchus. How to Raise a Smart Ass is a funny, witty, rollicking ride through the joys of early parenthood. The so-titled “Best Butt Wiper in the World” delights audiences by recounting tales of ninja nurses, naughty knights, and super-duper poopers. Whether you’re a proud parent or you aspire to populate the world with tiny terrors of your own someday, this book will have you laughing out loud, or at a minimum buying lots of sanitizer. Kids are messy.

Walinchus illustrates the humor of life's parenting struggles. And parents will relate. Even if your stories and baby/toddler parenting memories aren't exactly the same as Lucia's....this book will help you conjure up some old memories and you will likely relate. The author doesn't take herself too seriously--and is really able to look back and laugh (and cause others to laugh) at her early parenting adventures. She is a little sarcastic and witty--and great at retelling her life's mini-stories.

The conversational tone of the book makes it all even better for the reader. I have never met the author--but, I could imagine sitting with her and talking--and laughing--for hours. Guess what little Susie did this time? There is never a condescending tone--nor critical parenting advice. She essentially admits some mess-ups and shares some of the many ups and downs openly to the world.

Would I recommend How to Raise a Smart Ass? If you need to take a step back from all of the constant, critical parenting advice for a humorous break--this is a fun parenting memoir. I think it's best for parents who are actually past the baby-toddler stage (with at least 1 or 2 children) as it will likely strike that nostalgic, OH-GOSH-YES...I REMEMBER FEELING THAT WAY chord! It's well written, funny, and real. This book is a fun look at parenting--and a great reminder that even the less than perfect moments of life make great memories.

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Meet the Author:
Lucia Walinchus is an award-winning journalist, author and ice hockey addict. She has written more than 500 articles for various publications throughout her career and was recently named to the 2016 Fulbright Berlin Capital Program. She has been featured as a guest speaker on CNN and is a contracted freelancer for the New York Times. Walinchus currently lives in Oklahoma because she enjoys wide, flat golf courses that make her think she isn’t actually that bad.

​Upcoming event:  Lucia Walinchus will be a the Enid, Oklahoma Public Library at 11AM on Saturday, November 12th.

Connect with the author: Website ~ Twitter 

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  1. This seriously sounds like something I could really dive in to during nap time! It's always nice to have a little giggle and reflect!

  2. This seriously sounds like something I could really dive in to during nap time! It's always nice to have a little giggle and reflect!

  3. I want to win this book because it sounds interesting and useful



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