There Are Mums Way Worse Than You: Irrefutable Proof That You Are Indeed a Fantastic Parent
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Bianca Schulze: Yeah, I mean, we’re all trying our best, and we all need to believe in ourselves. And yes, I think we can often be the hardest on ourselves. Who’s to judge me when I’m late for a parent-teacher conference when Lanyu skinks eat the eggs they just laid?
And on those days when your kids look you dead in the eye and scream, “You’re the worst!” just smile and hand them this book. Boozan isn’t a mom herself, but she believes that her outsider point of view is the central reason that she was able to write such a heartfelt and praiseworthy books about parents.Nobody benefits from me being mean to myself. My work doesn’t get done faster or doesn’t get done better. The people around me don’t like me more and it doesn’t serve anyone. And so, I think that just that little thought sometimes helps me realize, like, oh, okay, I can calm down. Like, the stakes of this are not as high as I think. If I make a mistake, that’s fine. No one’s going to die, you know? No one’s going to explode unless you’re a quokka, baby. Bianca Schulze: So yeah, and it’s totally fine to go put your kid in front of the TV to get that darn shower.
Glenn Boozan: Well, when you turn 12, a wizard sends you a letter in the mail and says, you’re a comedy writer, Harry, and then you go to comedy school. No, it’s a much more boring process than that. I still don’t really know how to become a comedy writer. Bianca Schulze: So, I want to know, since comedy is what you do, what did the writing process look for this specific book once you decided you wanted to make it a book? And it does feature a lot of animals. And the cruel and dark things they do with their baby animals. So, like, how did you decide even which animals to feature?As for thinking your baby is so damn cute, you just want to gobble him up? Take solace in knowing that you won’t ACTUALLY eat him. (I fear I will never look at hamsters the same way again.) Bianca Schulze: Yeah, totally. Well, since we’re talking about the Australian animals, I loved that you included the quokka because—