Shit Happens, Parenting Style: A Mindful Parenting Guest Post


I recently had the opportunity to read an advance copy of Brian Leaf’s latest book, Misadventures of a Parenting Yogi: Cloth Diapers, Cosleeping, and My (Sometimes Successful) Quest for Conscious Parenting. Now, to be clear,  we are a Pampers and cribs kind of family, and kombucha has never once crossed my lips and yet I loved this book nonetheless. Leaf’s reflections on his first years as a father are honest and hilarious, and he seems to have mastered a particular skill that I think is key to surviving parenthood with even a shred of sanity intact: he takes the work of child-rearing seriously without taking himself seriously. It’s a great read, and I highly recommend it. Meanwhile, I’m so happy to share this hilarious post by Brian Leaf:


Shit Happens, Parenting Style

Mindful Parenting: I am aware that this shit is happening.

Cloth Diapers: Shit happens and then you scrape it.

Permissive Parenting: Shit happens. Is that OK?

Helicopter Parenting: Shit happens. Where? I’m on my way!

Young Dad: Shit happens. #gross.

Authoritarian Parenting: Shit happens. But not on my watch.

Tiger Mom: Shit happens. Now spell it!!!!

Nursing: Shit happens. And it’s liquidy and yellow.

Playful Parenting: Shit happens. Tickle, Tickle.

Cry It Out: Shit happens. Shh. They’ll get over it.

Free Range Parenting: Shit happens and my kids can handle it.

Elimination Communication: Shit happens, sometimes on my lap.

Hypnobirthing: Shit happens. Keep calm and keep breathing.

Mommy wars: Shit happens, and mine’s organic.

Cosleeping: Shit happens, but at least we’re together.

Simplicity Parenting: Shit happens and it makes for a nice playdough.

Jewish Parenting: Shit happens. Oy.

Adam Mansbach: Shit happened, so did pee, you’ve had two snacks and three drinks of water, now go the F**k to sleep!

Louis CK: Shit happens, now pass the Cinnabons.

Bill Cosby: Doody happens. Keep it clean, people.


Brian Leaf is author of the new memoir, Misadventures of a Parenting Yogi: Cloth Diapers, Cosleeping, and My (Sometimes Successful) Quest for Conscious Parenting .

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