Non Fiction/ Self Help
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There are lots of experts out there who will tell you they have the magic recipe to raising perfect humans. Gwenna Laithland is not one of them. She’s one of us. Frustrated, overwhelmed, and exhausted. Her relatable representation of parenthood validates our experiences. In Momma Cusses, Gwenna uses her signature style of snark and sarcasm to explain her interpretation of responsive parenting vs. reactive parenting and outline the steps she takes to raise her kids. Whether you are a parent or someone who has had a parent, we all need to
learn how to handle our emotional spirals responsively.
Now we can all be in it together by tackling some of the hilarious yet all-too-real scenarios Gwenna outlines in her book, including:
YOU WILL LOSE YOUR SH*T:
Mom guilt vs. mom shame
ARE YOU YELLING OR ARE YOU JUST BEING LOUD?:
Get in control of your emotions
THE BIG FEELS LOOP-DE-LOO:
Get in control of their emotions
Accessible, digestible, and rooted in reality, Momma Cusses helps readers with navigating family dynamics and cultivating emotional resilience for everyone.
-Excerpt taken from Goodreads.
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(4 / 5) I’m still laughing at that title! How could I pass it up? I did not know she was a Tik Tok sensation but you better believe I’ll be following her now!
Laithland is definitely an author I could read again. She blends the perfect amount of learning moments with snarky doses of humor thrown in to keep the subject matter light. That’s how it should be!
I found this book to be very informative. She takes very serious parenting situations and problems, and turns them into hilarious anecdotes of useful information. My favorite part? The fact that she doesn’t take parenting so seriously. Is it hard? Yes. Do you lose your mind sometimes? Yes. She normalizes it in a way I found to be refreshing. I’m going to repeat that; She normalizes it. Cause let’s face it, it’s a difficult, mostly thankless job and those little good moments are sometimes all that keep us going.
I raised most of my kids in the time of, “The standing expectation of parenthood left no room for imperfection or realism. If they openly admitted that they lost their sh*t and screamed at their kid, they’d be eaten alive.” It was a difficult time and I’m only now seeing that it has thankfully changed.
The older my kids get, the more I can look back and think, “ugh, I shouldn’t have done that” in reference to raising them. Even though I was reading all the parenting magazines and books to help, I still didn’t always get it right. But did I do my best? Absolutely. With the tools I had at the time, I only did what felt “right.” But boy have times changed!
Would I change any of it? 100%. But only in hindsight. I know I did a lot of things differently than my parents did it, and I’ve accepted my kids will do it another way too.
“A not significant amount of us are not only working on raising our kids but reparenting ourselves.”
She touches on emotional subjects such as mom guilt vs mom shame, emotional regulation, survival mode for parents and more. It’s just about the most honest book I have ever read. It was not overwhelming like most self-help (in my opinion) but breaks it down to a doable state of mind mentality.
I loved that she spoke about young kids and those that are pregnant but also referred to teens too. I feel most any parent will benefit from this book, and even better, you’ll laugh out loud while doing so. Props to Laithland for making a self-help book I could relate well to. She also brought the serious subjects in with reality but then referenced her “chaos goblins, tiny terrorists” and more. It was the perfect dichotomy.
AUDIO REVIEW: Fabulous. I always say that the author reads their books the best. Well this is no different! She’s hilarious, emphasizes where is necessary and doles it out in a way that is relatable. I will definitely not be dismissing self-help books if they are anything like this.
General content summary: F words= 20+, language, talk of childhood trauma or unknowingly causing trauma, difficult parenting and childhood situations.
Thank you to Macmillan Audio for the copy!
The book releases March 5, 2024.
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