I recently had the opportunity to read an advance copy of Brian Leaf’s latest book, Misadventures of a Parenting Yogi: Cloth Diapers, Cosleeping, and My (Sometimes Successful) Quest for Conscious Parenting. Now, to be clear, we are a Pampers and cribs kind of family, and kombucha has never once crossed my lips and yet I loved this book nonetheless. Leaf’s reflections on his first years as a father are honest and hilarious, and he seems to have mastered a particular skill that I think is key to surviving parenthood with even a shred of sanity intact: he takes the work of child-rearing seriously without taking himself seriously. It’s a great read, and I highly recommend it. Meanwhile, I’m so happy to share this hilarious post by Brian Leaf:
Mindful Parenting: I am aware that this shit is happening.
Cloth Diapers: Shit happens and then you scrape it.
Permissive Parenting: Shit happens. Is that OK?
Helicopter Parenting: Shit happens. Where? I’m on my way!
Young Dad: Shit happens. #gross.
Authoritarian Parenting: Shit happens. But not on my watch.
Tiger Mom: Shit happens. Now spell it!!!!
Nursing: Shit happens. And it’s liquidy and yellow.
Playful Parenting: Shit happens. Tickle, Tickle.
Cry It Out: Shit happens. Shh. They’ll get over it.
Free Range Parenting: Shit happens and my kids can handle it.
Elimination Communication: Shit happens, sometimes on my lap.
Hypnobirthing: Shit happens. Keep calm and keep breathing.
Mommy wars: Shit happens, and mine’s organic.
Cosleeping: Shit happens, but at least we’re together.
Simplicity Parenting: Shit happens and it makes for a nice playdough.
Jewish Parenting: Shit happens. Oy.
Adam Mansbach: Shit happened, so did pee, you’ve had two snacks and three drinks of water, now go the F**k to sleep!
Louis CK: Shit happens, now pass the Cinnabons.
Bill Cosby: Doody happens. Keep it clean, people.
Brian Leaf is author of the new memoir, Misadventures of a Parenting Yogi: Cloth Diapers, Cosleeping, and My (Sometimes Successful) Quest for Conscious Parenting.