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Mother Daze: Tales from the Imperfect Playground

Christine Carr - Parenting Tips

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.


  • Carolyn Bianchi Says:

    I have heard so many great things about this book, an easy read and I can't wait to read...

  • sharon newman Says:

    my favorite parentting moment is trying to wipe a poopy butt in the car with a tub of frozen wipes(impossible)

  • Jeanne Says:

    Hysterical, Sharon. Can you believe what desperation drives us to do?

  • Theresa Says:

    One funny moment? Impossible. I've learned to try to at least smile at every misfortune instead of crying. Craziness follows if you don't!

  • Holli Says:

    This sounds like a great read and one that gives a lighthearted view of motherhood and the common challenges we each face every day. We often get so wrapped up in the day to day routine that we forget to just sit back and enjoy these experiences. No one's perfect, so let's remind ourselves that although we see and experience the "supermom" managing the juggle each day, we can all benefit from a more lighthearted approach once in a while.

  • Jeanne Says:

    Holli - so true. In fact, your comment makes me think of today's Grommet, a t-shirt with a hidden message: "Live, Love, Laugh…Words to live by. Live with purpose, love unconditionally, laugh out loud. I’ll enjoy life every step of the way…" Something all moms need to remember!

  • Julie Randall Says:

    One funny/embarrassing moment I had was when my son was about 3. There was a going away dinner for my brother in law at a local restaurant. My son stood up in the booth as we were all talking and pulled his pants down. He was buck naked and loving it.

  • Janet Says:

    This was a great opportunity just to reflect on all the crazy events that come with parenthood. It led to an "AHA" moment.....my husband and I have survived!! I had too many stories that came to mind.....happy moments rolling a ball on the floor for hours, sad moments caring for sick kids, sleepless nights, driving in the car trying to get them to sleep, cheerios everywhere, naps that only lasted 10 minutes, losing children for a minute which seemed like a lifetime and locating that impossible Christmas gift and seeing the glow of your child's face. I am now approaching the teen years and the stories and moments will continue. As I type this, both of my kids are dancing around the kitchen with their ipods on asking how much longer I will be on computer. They need rides!

  • Jeanne Says:

    Thanks for dropping by everyone and congratulations to Julie Randall - we selected your number on Random.org and Christine will be sending you a copy of the book, "Mother Daze."

  • Christine Carr Says:

    I am so happy to hear the shared stories. I appreciate the interest in my book and hope that all of you fabulous females continue to spread the positive message presented within Mother Daze. This book is a celebration about "doers"... Women get it done! :) It's so important for all of us to remain a team connected. Keep up all the great work and enjoy the day.
    High-five to each of you!
    Chris Carr

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