Rage Against the Minivan

Rage Against the Minivan: Learning to Parent Without Perfection

I may not be a new mom, but I will always be a mom ready to learn something new!

Thank you Penguin Random House for my gifted ebook in exchange for my honest review.

Synopsis: Filled with her signature blend of humor, vulnerability, and insight, Rage Against the Minivan is the handbook Kristen Howerton wishes she’d had when she was a new mom. At its heart, it is about parents learning how to love better by letting themselves off the hook. With her hard-earned knowledge gained from having four kids in four years, she navigates the emotional and sometimes messy waters of motherhood: the expectations, the anxiety, the total lack of control, and yes, the indignities of driving a minivan (which now sits in her driveway covered in crushed Cheerios and the remnants of her self-esteem). Howerton shares her unexpected journey through motherhood, from infertility to adoption to divorce, and how she learned to quell her inner anxiety to do it all perfectly. As a mom of both white and black children, Howerton is an advocate for social justice, foster care reform, and helping fellow parents to step up to hard conversations about race with their kids. Her writing speaks to the thorny issues parents deal with every day while reminding them they are not alone on this unpredictable ride. Rage Against the Minivan serves as a quiet resistance against the superficial obsessions of motherhood, from the kind of car we drive to looking like we’ve got it all together. Infused with heart and humor, it’s a permission slip to allow yourself to be a “good-enough” parent.

Reading this right after having a newborn was refreshing, even if it wasn’t my first rodeo. What I appreciated about this book was how real Kristen was. She didn’t sugar-coat or prove perfection to the reader much like other bloggers tend to do in their books. This was like grabbing a drink with your best friend just chatting about what it’s like to be a mother with life struggles on top of it. An enjoyable read!

5/5 Stars

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