Just before the holidays, friends of Daily Grommet reached out to tell us about Christine Carr's book, "Mother Daze: Tales from the Imperfect Playground." As a mother of three and a PE teacher, Christine has plenty of practical advice for letting go of "perfect" when it comes to raising kids, and shares her own family's stories in this fun, lighthearted book.
Today, Christine is offering to send one of our readers a copy of her book. To enter, just leave a question or tell us about a funny parenting moment and we'll pick one winner at random.
Thanks to everyone who asked to know more about Christine; hope you enjoy this excerpt from "Mother Daze." And thanks, Christine, for dropping by!
- an excerpt from Mother Daze: Tales from the Imperfect Playground, by Christine Carr
I do not pretend to have the answers nor do I claim to have this parenthood thing all figured out … and I certainly do not conceal a super-hero suit of spandex underneath my clothes – although sporting a girdle of yesteryear would be quite beneficial after an occasional day long binge. Nonetheless, while viewing the front cover photo of the latest celebrity mom baring her six-pack abs and a headline reading “Lose 20 pounds in 20 minutes,” I am reminded of the insanity we face as women in today’s society. On any given day, my own abdominal region resembles a wad of pizza dough waiting to rise so I see it as unfair that society unrealistically expects us to be that skinny-assed wonder woman who maintains a level of perfection in every aspect of her life. I’m all for raising the bar, but how high is too high?
Somewhere along the way, I think we have lost touch with the realities of raising young kids. This high octane parenting is exhausting and it needs to be revisited. Like any good policy, it’s important to assess the situation and recognize if things need to be changed. These days, most folks are trying desperately to shield their families from every dysfunction, dilemma, and disaster … well intentioned and certainly necessary. However, I think it’s gone too far. Protection is one thing, but duct taping them to our leg is a little too much.
We need to start recognizing the comedy, give ourselves some credit, and above all, laugh at the ridiculousness of life. My sister Beth said it best, “People like to hear other people’s stuff.” So, at the ripe old age of 36, here is my “stuff.” As I attempt to take the plunge with every bump and bruise exposed, my hope is that you are right alongside, testing the water to see if it’s safe enough to come in … Cannonball!!!
General contest rules: To enter, you must be a U. S. resident, and at least 18 years of age and you must leave a comment. No purchase necessary. The winner will be randomly selected and will receive a copy of the book "Mother Daze: Tales from the Imperfect Playground." Employees, contractors, and the families of employees and contractors of Daily Grommet, Inc. are not eligible to enter. Void where prohibited. Contest will run from 9am EST January 20, 2010, through 10pm EST January 20, 2010.