We're only laughing so we don't kill you, and other parenting survival tips from the funny women behind The Bigger Book of Parenting Tweets via In the Powder Room

Funny Parents: “We Laugh to Keep from Killing”

Parenting is hard work.

It’s physically demanding, emotionally taxing, and downright disgusting a huge percentage of the time.

Our society places a lot of importance on protecting children from abuse and neglect—as it should—but what about the inhumane atrocities faced by parents on a daily basis? Yes, I’m saying it: what about us?! THINK OF THE PARENTS!

I’m talking about unsafe working conditions here, people! The noise level in my playroom alone should be on OSHA’s radar. Or how about that time I broke my toe tripping over a toy in the middle of the night?

And don’t even get me started on the dangerous biohazards. Hospitals should issue hazmat suits to new moms along with those peri-bottles we use to gingerly cleanse our exploded lady parts.

Just last weekend, I carried my 8-year-old son up to bed after he fell asleep on the couch and what did he do to repay me for my tenderness? He vomited right down the back of my shirt. Yes, really. I might have PTSD.

I’ve been doing this parenting gig for 15 years, and so far, the most effective survival skill I know is laughter. (Second runner up: massive quantities of boxed wine.)

Laughing at the ridiculousness of parenting is the only thing keeping most of us out of the hoosegow. And when I need a quick laugh between carpool and booger-abatement duties, I turn to Twitter.


I know, I know, I hear it all the time from my friends and family, “I don’t get Twitter.”

The BIGGER Book of Parenting Tweets: 165 pages of hilarious parenting quips, quotes, and original illustrations from 50 of the funniest parents on Twitter. That’s okay! You don’t have to “get” Twitter to enjoy the best parenting jokes by more than 50 of the funniest parents posting there. These hilarious tweets have been curated and published in a hot new book called The Bigger Book of Parenting Tweets edited by Kate Hall, Norine Dworkin-McDaniel, and Jessica Ziegler. This is the highly anticipated sequel to their first book, The Big Book of Parenting Tweets, and spoiler alert: I’m one of the (very proud) contributors!

Kate () is one of my Twitter idols whom I’ve admired for years because of her comedic timing. Jessica and Norine () are long-time friends of In the Powder Room and Jessica has had multiple pieces published here. In fact, her post The Giant Naked Man in My Mother’s Basement just won a BlogHer Voice of the Year award! (Congrats Jess!)

The great thing about tweets is that they have to be 140 characters or less. And since moms are often pretty busy icing our broken toes and rinsing chunks of partially digested Cheez-Its out of our bra straps, we need our funny short and sweet!

So don’t let the Twitter element scare you—that’s just the source of these 165 pages of funny parenting quips, quotes, and original illustrations. If you like parenting humor, you will LOVE this book. 

Here’s a sample of some of the tweets included:

On school closing days, I like to start my morning off with a hot mug of my own salty tears. – Nicole Leigh Shaw ()

Fell asleep on the couch at 7:45 pm, proving I still got it. And by “it” I mean parenting-induced narcolepsy. – Kim Bongiorno ()

“Enjoy every moment. It goes by so fast.” I’m talking about my cocktail. – Bethany Thies ()

See? This is irreverent parenting humor at its finest. And it’s completely PG: no foul language or racy content. Just good clean I’M-GOING-TO-LAUGH-ABOUT-THIS-SO-I-DON’T-KILL-YOU entertainment.

By the way, if any of those names above sound familiar, that’s because all three of those funny ladies are also great friends of In the Powder Room, and actually of the 50 or so comedians in this book, 14 of them are published In the Powder Room authors! Other funny writers you already know and love are E.R. Catalano (), Andrea “DG” (), Sarah Del Rio (), Amy Flory (), Carisa Miller (), Amanda Mushro (), Linda Roy (), and Mary Widdicks (), plus many more. Here’s the full list of all the contributors.

So go ahead, treat yourself or any borderline-homicidal parent you know to the gift of laughter in the form of bite-sized hilarious parenting truths. (It would make a great Mother’s Day or Teacher Appreciation gift.) Your friends and local authorities will thank you!

Click HERE to buy it on Amazon. 

The Bigger Book of Parenting Tweets: 165 pages of the funniest parenting humor from 50+ of the funniest parents on Twitter.

Leslie Marinelli is a writer, wife, mother of three, toilet humor aficionada, and transplanted Pittsburgher trapped in the suburbs of Atlanta. She’s the CEO and Editor-in-Chief of In the Powder Room, the creative force behind the award-winning tell-all mom blog, The Bearded Iris, and the editor and co-author of In the Powder Room’s hilarious bestselling anthology, “You Have Lipstick on Your Teeth.”

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  1. says

    Leslie, you are epic! I am so glad I found you via Jenna because you have this uncanny way with humor that sums up what I feel but can’t quite put into words like you do.

    Happy Mother’s Day lady!