National Parents Day

Happy National Parents Day everyone! National Parents Day is celebrated on the fourth Sunday of July and is similar to a combination of Father’s Day and Mother’s Day. It was officially established as a national holiday in 1994 and is a day to honor one’s parents, show appreciation to them, and to celebrate family.

So in honor of National Parents Day, here are a few books to check out celebrating parents and family:

tales from the dad sideTales from the dad side : misadventures in fatherhood
By Steve Doocy

From the book description

“What you’re holding in your hands is a very funny and sometimes remarkably poignant look at fathers, not from the mother’s point of view or the child’s, but from the dad’s side. Which is why it’s called Tales from the Dad Side…Over the course of raising three children, I have learned with my wife that fathers are different from mothers. That could be the greatest understatement since Noah turned on the Weather Channel and found out that the next forty days called for a 20 percent chance of light rain.”

sippy cupsSippy cups are not for chardonnay, and other things I had to learn as a new mom
By Stefanie Wilder-Taylor Stefanie

From the book description

“In busy Mom-friendly short essays, Sippy Cups Are Not for Chardonnay delivers the empathetic straight dirt on parenting, tackling everything from Mommy & Me classes (“Your baby doesn’t need to be making friends at three months old-you do! But not with people you’ll meet at Mommy & Me”) to attachment parenting (“If you’re holding your baby 24/7, that’s not a baby, that’s a tumor”).

Stefanie Wilder-Taylor combines practical tips with sidesplitting humor and refreshing honesty, assuring women that they can be good mothers and responsibly make their own choices. “

sweet potato queens guide childrenThe Sweet Potato Queens’ guide to raising children for fun and profit
by Jill Conner Browne
From the book description

“When does 1 + 1 = 3 (or more)? When you’ve got a baby on the way.
The Sweet Potato Queens’ Guide to Raising Children for Fun and Profit is a hilarious (though not scientifically tested) wink at the time-honored mysteries of parenting, because anybody who has ever had a kid or has ever known one knows that the experience is neither fun nor profitable—so you might as well laugh!”

no wonder my parents drankNo wonder my parents drank : tales from a stand-up dad
by Jay Mohr

From the book description

“You’ll never sleep in this town again
From Saturday Night Live to stand-up, from a blockbuster film career to the star of CBS’s hit television show Gary Unmarried, Jay Mohr is one of the funniest people in comedy today. Now, in this down and dirty tale of modern fatherhood, Mohr shares his stories as a first-time parent.”

motherhood come naturally

Motherhood comes naturally (and other vicious lies)
By Jill Smokler Jill

From the book description

“Newly pregnant and scared out of her mind, Jill Smokler lay on her gynecologist’s examination table and was told the biggest lie she’d ever heard in her life: “Motherhood is the most natural thing in the world.”

Instead of quelling her nerves like that well intentioned nurse hoped to, Jill was instead set up for future of questioning exactly what DNA strand she was missing that made the whole motherhood experience feel less than natural to her. Wonderful? Yes. Miraculous? Of course. Worthwhile? Without a doubt. But natural? Not so much.”