Posted: Sep 17, 2012 10:00 AM
There's not a mom out there who'd say parenting is easy. And if she does, she's either lying or wears gold bracelets and a cape -- and her first name is Wonder. Most of us, at one time or another, have considered ourselves a sh*tty mom. And there's a new parenting guide that reminds us that not only is it okay to have a sh*tty mom moment, but it's normal.

If you're like the majority of the mom population, you could probably use a chill pill. And what better way to chillax than with a laugh-out-loud funny parenting book that celebrates moms who phone it in? Sh*tty Mom: The Parenting Guide for the Rest of Us is a refreshingly honest look at the not-so-joyous moments of motherhood -- when a mom's gotta do what a mom's gotta do. (Cue the sh*tty.)Sh*tty Mom book cover

Written by four working moms, Laurie Kilmartin, Karen Moline, Alicia Ybarbo and Mary Ann Zoellner (two of them TODAY show producers, one of them a journalist, and one a writer for Conan), this guide is just what the parenting gods ordered. From the moment you pick up the book with the cover that depicts a mom texting on the playground, you'll turn the pages with an excitement you haven't felt since the last time you got to sleep in. (More on that in a moment.)

Some of the highlights include: A Sh*tty Mom quiz, chapters titled: "Organized Sports Might Be Great for the Kids, But they Suck for You," and "Screens Pro: iCan Finally Take My Kid to a Restaurant. Thank you, Angry Birds!" And, what to do if you're home with the kids and you have a conference call in 10 minutes (lock the doors, bribe with food, hide).

Written with razor sharp wit and chock full of hilarious anecdotes, this book reminds us that it's okay to sleep in until 9 a.m. -- after all, "in China, 4-year-olds have jobs. Surely yours can entertain herself for a few hours while you sleep." You'll find comical advice on how to feel nothing when you leave the kids at Grandma's, to you're not the only one who's dropped her sick child off at daycare before the teacher noticed.

But as funny as this parenting guide is, it also has an important message -- one that all moms need to hear (well except that Wonder Woman mom): Moms don't have to be perfect. In fact, it's okay to be nowhere near it. There's a Sh*tty Mom in all of us and that's okay.

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