Don’t Lick the Minivan Book Release

Leanne ShirtliffeMy friend and fellow blogger, Leanne Shirtliffe, has released a new book, Don’t Lick the Minivan and Other Things I Never Thought I’d Say To My Kids (Skyhorse, May 2013).

This is the first time I’ve ever called someone a friend that I have never met.  I’ve been following her blog for months and attended her webinar, How To Write Funny (Er): 10 Humor Techniques for Writers of Fiction and Nonfiction.  I feel like I know her now!

Leanne asked me to be part of her Stacey Gustafson, writerDon’t Lick the Minivan book release, or the DLM Street Team. I was fortunate to get an advance copy of her book and wanted to share it with you.

Her humor hits the spot for the mom trying to please everyone, with very little positive feedback from the tykes under her charge.  You will laugh, cry, pat yourself on the back and even slap yourself in the face as you share along in her journey of mothering young kids.

Her funny stories will keep you in stitches. Ridiculous family adventures range from trying to get her two-week-old baby to open her eyes for a passport photo to convincing her kids that the ice cream truck sells vegetables.

Leanne ShirtliffePhrases like “Don’t lick the minivan.  Your tongue could fall off” and “Mommy will sneeze like Donald Duck if you pick up your toys” reminded me of all the silly, unconventional things I told my own kids.

Candid parenting tips are sprinkled throughout the book like:

Parenting Tip #3: Measure pregnancy in seconds, not weeks. It almost makes gestation seem as endless as it feels.

Parenting Tip #120: Before placing your children in sports activities, consider their genetic limitations. Blame your spouse for any shortfalls.

This is a must read for mothers with young children!  Extremely relatable.  Check it out for yourself.  Well, what are you waiting for?

Now a little bit about Leanne.  She writes for Nickelodeon’s, blogs for the Huffington Post, and co-leanne-collageruns (“Like Stuff Adults Write. But Funnier”).  She wrote a humor column for The Calgary Herald for two years and has been published in The Christian Science Monitor, Canadian Family, and The Globe and Mail. For a more complete list, check out Media Coverage and Writing.  She enjoys public speaking and has hosted corporate events, spoken at conferences, and emceed multiple celebrations.  When she’s not writing, speaking, or attempting to parent, she teaches English to ninety-one teenagers who are only slightly less hormonal than Leanne.

Catch up with her on twitter @LShirtliffe and her blog at  You’ll be glad you did!

Also, click on the link below to listen to Leanne’s interview by Michelle Moran.

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  1. I wish now that I’d written down all the crazy stuff my kids did and what I said. Darn!

  2. Thank you for the link! I hope some people listen to the interview, Leanne is a very interesting person!

    Great review too! You are so good at incorporating quotes from the book!

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