The Book Cellar
Join us at the Book Cellar as we welcome Hillary Frank as she talks about her new book, Weird Parenting Wins: Bathtub Dining, Family Screams, and Other Hacks from the Parenting Trenches.
About Hillary Frank:
Hillary Frank began her career as a contributor on This American Life. She is the creator of the podcast The Longest Shortest Time and has received awards from the Third Coast International Audio Festival, The Association for Women in Communications, The Academy of Podcasters, and The New York Festival’s World’s Best Radio Programs. Hillary is also the author of three young adult novels: The View from the Top, I Can’t Tell You, and Better Than Running at Night.
About Weird Parenting Wins:
The best parenting advice that Hillary Frank receives doesn’t come from parenting gurus, but from friends and podcast listeners who use their creativity to flee moments of desperation. In Hillary’s book, one mother threatens to sing in public anytime her daughters argue. Another mom allows her daughter to play with tampons to get a few minutes on the toilet alone. Weird Parenting Wins is a collection of unusual techniques parents use in stressful situations to calm their children and themselves.
These “weird parenting wins” work for parents with children of all ages. From using The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air theme song to lull a colicky infant to convincing her kids that Toys ‘R’ Us is a membership only club, parents in Hillary’s book are as ingenious as they are eccentric. They use their tricks to foster fun, inspire their kids to diversify their appetites, stop sibling rivalry, cultivate independence, develop manners, and open up. Not only does Hillary focus on kids’ needs, she also intersperses anecdotes to help moms and dads keep their cool, find time for intimacy, and enjoy the insane, heartwarming journey.
After offering blood, sweat, and tears to parenting, it’s time parents had a book that speaks to them in all their imperfect glory. Moms and dads are masters of finding imaginative ways to salvage time, money, and their sanity. This collection unveils real parents’ relatable, hysterical victories and inspires those in the childrearing trenches to stop searching for perfection and embrace their humanity.