Kim Harms

Life Reconstructed

Don’t Lick the Minivan: A Brief Review

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This is a laughing book.

No 10-step solutions to fix this or that. (Though I was encouraged by the Survivor parenting tip – Outwit, Outplay, Outlast your children.)

No history lessons. (Though social studies and geography come into play. Imagine pregnancy and birthing twins in Thailand.)

No parenting advice. (Actually there’s a lot of advice, just not the I-want-to-be-the-perfect-parent kind.)

No Biblical wisdom. (Unless you count trying not to get an uppercut to the chin while your kids fight over the collection plate.)

Just laughter. (The out loud kind.)

I’ve been reading Leanne Shirtliffe’s blog for quite a while now, and her posts tend to make me smile even when I’m in a not-so-good mood. And when I really need a good laugh, I check out her other website, Stuff Kids Write. I requested that Corey buy me her new book for Mother’s Day. (I’m not his mother, so technically it may have been cheating to get a gift from him for Mother’s Day, but oh well…I did get my book out of the deal.)

If you are squeamish, don’t appreciate frankness, don’t want to read (implied) cuss words here and there, and are seriously opposed to the drinking of alcohol in any way shape or form, you probably don’t want to read this. Otherwise, the money you pay for the book is worth the laughter you will receive in return.

I’ll not spoil the book, but I will say that after reading a paragraph on the top of page 60, I immediately went and read it to my husband and then emailed it to my best friend.

I will also say that I was encouraged by the many places her son has peed. If you are a mother of boys you understand.

And one last thing. She stole my heart with her description of Perler beads on page 155. But she failed to mention one benefit of the pesky little things. They make awesome tooth bling (see photo below – and then go read the book.)



Author: Kim Harms

I am a contributor at CT Women (previously known as Today's Christian Woman where I was a regular contributor as well). I blog monthly at and have freelanced for a variety of publications including Chicken Soup for the Soul, Guideposts, Thriving Family and Creation Illustrated. Cancer made an unwelcome visit in my breast in January 2016, and I am now working on a book about breast reconstruction after having gone through the insane process myself. My incredible husband of 18 years, Corey, is my biggest writing cheerleader and together we are having a ball raising our three growing boys; Carter 15, Owen 14 and Lewis 10.

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