HILLARY FRANK discusses her parenting book WEIRD PARENTING WINS with JANE MARIE

Weird Parenting Wins: Bathtub Dining, Family Screams, and Other Hacks from the Parenting Trenches (TarcherPerigree)

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.

These are just a few of the gems available in Weird Parenting Wins: Bathtub Dining, Family Screams, and Other Hacks from the Parenting Trenches, 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.

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.

Jane Marie is a Peabody and Emmy Award-winning journalist who produced This American Life for nearly a decade before becoming an independent content creator. She's since collaborated with a wide variety of outlets including Epic Magazine, Earwolf and PBS. She is the host of the official Tinder podcast by Gimlet Creative, DTR. As a writer, Jane served as an editor for Jezebel and The Hairpin and penned columns for various sites including The Toast and Cosmopolitan. She lives in LA with her daughter, Goldie.

Event date: 
Sunday, February 24, 2019 - 1:00pm
Event address: 
1818 N Vermont Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90027
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ISBN: 9780143132554
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: TarcherPerigee - January 15th, 2019