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Friday, April 5, 2013

I Am so the Boss of You by Kathy Buckworth

I am so the Boss of You: An 8-Step Guide to Giving Your Family the "Business"
by Kathy Buckworth
McLelland & Stewart (Random House)
ISBN: 978-0-7710-1748-3
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Description: A hilarious, tongue-firmly-in-cheek look at a promising new trend in parenting: being the boss!

 In this day and age - when parenting books are a dime a dozen - it's easy for a mom to get confused. Do you go democratic or hover like a helicopter? Do you take a tiger-ish approach, or something more "hands off," like those French women who supposedly raise perfect children? Parenting author and humourist Kathy Buckworth has a completely different idea: Why not let the boardroom be your guide? In I Am So the Boss of You, Buckworth imagines a world where corporate policies and practices rule on the home front, and Mom is most definitely in charge!

The Good Stuff
  • As the description mentions this is a tongue in cheek look at parenting - yet there is some wise information, thoughts and truths contained within
  • I was constantly laughing out loud and nodding my head - which proved to be quite embarrassing as I often read the book while on the bus
  • Not sure where to put this comment but quite frankly Kathy, my kids and husband hate you now. Since I started reading I have taken charge at home and became the Boss and they are struggling with this
  • Kathy and I have a similar sense of humour so it is no surprise I enjoyed this
  • It got the JR (that is my name at work as there are 3 other Jennifer's working at Chapters Shawnessy) Staff Pick sticker - only give it to the very best (Still pissed that Fault in Our Stars got a Heather's Pick - now I cannot put my name on that brilliant story)
  • Thanks Kathy for making me feel good about my messy home
  • I completely agree with her commentary on "Entitlement" and Helicopter Parents -  I saw the effects of this constantly when I worked at the Humber College Library (also it does so much damage as these kids have no idea how to do anything for themselves)
  • Fabulous idea about shopping for groceries at the same time as the sanctimonious health freak mom - this way you are forced to buy healthy food and not junk as not to be embarrassed - love it 
  • Did I mention this book will make you laugh your ass off
  • Also agreed with her whole heartily with her ideas about allowances
  • Kathy comes across as real and not full of crap - which is what I admire in a person
The Not So Good Stuff
  • Have had that damn Bieber song stuck in my head for the last two days
  • Some uncomfortable truths I have to deal with since reading - I promise Kathy I will be more aware of what I post online
  • Do you have any idea how hard it was to pick only 3 favorite quotes/passages - not to mention how many pages I folded over (going to have to buy another copy)
Favorite Quotes/Passages

" On a certain level, I admire teenagers. They speak their mind, try new things, sleep away stress, and call bullshit when it's bullshit. And even when it's not. But being the parent of a teenager is not easy."

"Mostly, I think the sweatpants moms feel a tad inferior and/or lazy when they haven't made an effort and maybe could have. Do we really need to tear other women down for feeling good about how they look?"

"Resist the urge to have your child turn in perfect homework that's only perfect because you did most of it. If the teacher doesn't know where/how they are struggling, they can't help them in the classroom. Also don't be a homework nag. You're not the one who has to explain to the teacher why its not done, and you're not the one who misses recess because of it. Let this happen once and see how quickly they get the message."

Who Should/Shouldn't Read
  •  For moms everywhere - well,  unless they don't have a sense of humour
  • Those moms needing the push to stop being walked over by their "employees" and giving them the motivation to "women it up" (Yeah man it up my ass - women are stronger - trust me think of when a man gets a cold)
4.95 Dewey's (You lost .5 because I now of have Baby Baby by Bieber stuck in my head)

I received this from Random House in exchange for an honest review


  1. I love parenting books that are heavy on humour. It's so much easier to listen to advice when it makes you laugh at the same time. I'll be checking this book out.

    Have you ever read Didn't I Feed You Yesterday?: A Mother's Guide to Sanity in Stilettos by Laura Bennett?

  2. Exactly!!! Awesome hope you enjoy as much as I did - nope haven't read that one but just added it to my want to read shelf on goodreads - thanks for the heads up