This Virtual Author Event features licensed marriage and family therapist and founder of the blog "Rage Against the Minivan," Kristen Howerton, as she discusses her new book, Rage Against the Minivan: Learning to Parent Without Perfection. Kristen Howerton is a licensed marriage and family therapist and became the mother of four children within four years via birth and adoption. She is the founder of the blog "Rage Against the Minivan" and has created several popular humor destinations online, including the popular Tumblr "Pinterest, You Are Drunk" and the #assholeparent meme and Instagram account. She is the co-host of Selfie, a podcast dedicated to exploring the mind, body, and spirit aspects of self-care.
Howerton lends solidarity to those who love their kids like crazy but feel like parenting is making them crazy, too. With her signature blend of vulnerability, sarcasm, and insight, Howerton shares her unexpected journey from infertility to adoption to pregnancy to divorce to dealing with the shock and awe of raising teens.
This book is for
- the parent who had it totally figured out before they had kids
- the parent who said "I will never..." and now they have
- the parent who needs a time-out and a nap as badly as their child does
- the parent who looks like they have it all together but feels like a hot mess on the inside
- the parent who looks like a hot mess on the outside, too
- the parent who asks Am I good enough? Doing enough? Doing it right? What's wrong with me? What's wrong with these children? Are they eighteen yet?
Recounting her successes, trials, mishaps, and hard-won wisdom as a parent of four kids - both white and black--Howerton tackles many of the thorny issues parents face today, like hard conversations about racism, disciplining other people's kids, the reality of Dad Privilege, and (never) attaining that elusive work/life balance. Whether it's about toddler tantrums or teen angst, Howerton reveals how she learned to opt out from the pressure to do it all perfectly and opt in to excelling at average.
Poignant and relatable, Rage Against the Minivan is a permission slip to allow yourself to be a "good enough" parent, learning how to love your kids well while letting yourself off the hook.