Today I have the pleasure of kicking off the tour for Lucia Walinchus' new parenting book. Need a funny and witty advice book to get you through those toddler years? Part memoir/part humor, this book might just keep you sane. Scroll down to read my interview with the author and enter to win a copy of the book and a $25 gift card.
Book Title: How to Raise a Smart Ass: Parenting That Should Not Be Tried at Home by Lucia Walinchus
Category: Adult Nonfiction, 119 pages
Genre: Parenting. Non-fiction memoir, Humor
Publisher: Pronoun Books
Release date: August 2016
Tour dates: Oct 24 to Nov 4, 2016
Content Rating: PG (Some mild swearing, descriptions of labor. No f-words, sex scenes, drugs, etc.)
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.
To read reviews, please visit Lucia Walinchus' page on iRead Book Tours.
LCR: Describe your book in 20 words or less.
LW: New highly-rated book features funny stories from the front lines of parenting.
LCR: There are many parenting books out there. What makes yours different?
LW: My goal wasn’t to tell people how to parent, but rather to share some funny and interesting tidbits along the way. We were all kids once, and we remember that time we thought we were especially clever. For example, as a kid I thought I was a genius for figuring out how to be “a mountain climber.” About halfway up a tree, as I watched the rope holding me up rapidly start to unravel, it occurred to me that this probably wasn’t going to happen.
LCR: What motivated you to write a parenting book?
LW: I would collect all the little funny things that they said, and over time I kept thinking: I should really turn this into a book! And it was a fun break from the doom and gloom I usually cover.
LCR: How did you come up with that title?
LW: I thought it would be a funny take on a traditional parenting manual. We spend so much time trying to be the perfect parent, but we just end up with tiny versions of ourselves.
LCR: Describe one of the funniest moments you experienced in parenting.
LW: Ooh how do I pick? The time Chloe got into a box of bachelorette party gag gifts? The time Chetta let a rip before the Virginia Supreme Court?
I think a lot of the funniest moments have been the little ones, though. The other day I told Chetta she had to eat her chili if she wanted to go play after dinner.
“Okay,” she said, picking up a black bean and eating it. “But I only want to eat the chocolate ones.”
“Yes…” I hesitated. “The.... Chocolate.... Ones. Exactly. Eat those.”
LCR: The scariest?
LW: I think any time your kid gets hurt, there’s a part of you that just can’t handle it. Chloe tried to climb a chair once and brought the whole thing down on top of her. We were in a small apartment and actually both in the room preparing dinner. I don’t know what the international sign for “I need help” is, but I’m pretty sure it’s standing in the Pediatric ER with a kid dripping blood everywhere. She ended up being fine, mostly a bloody nose, but waiting at the hospital seemed to take eons.
LCR: If you could travel back in time, where would you go?
LW: Probably pretty far back; I love ancient history because there’s always that element of mystery. How did they build Stonehenge? What really happened to the Mayans? I also think it might be neat to see my parents or grandparents as small children.
LCR: What is the best advice you can give to new parents?
LW: Find about four to five local sitters who come highly recommended. Or go on a site like Sittercity or Care.com and do background checks and interviews on a few that you like. This whole process will actually take a bit more time than you think, because some will come highly rated but won’t bother to show up for an interview.
It’s great to have backups on hand in case you have an emergency or even if you just want a date night. People’s schedules are constantly changing, so usually with a few on hand, if you text them all, at least one will be available.
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
Win a copy of How To Raise a Smart Ass and/or a $25 GC to spend at My Spreadshirt Shop (5 winners - print for USA, ebook for int’l)