I read parenting books from time to time, just to make sure I’m not too far off the beam as I raise my daughter.
Much of what I read, by the way, is either common sense or contradictory, so the parenting canon becomes just so much noise for me. I get all the real advice I need from older relatives and friends who’ve been there and done it well – their great, shining kids being the proof of parenting prowess.
Still, once in a while, a book stands out, for its epic, uh, unusual-ness. One such example is Jessica Denay’s “The Hot Mom’s Handbook: Laugh and Feel Great from Play Date to Date Night.” Denay is also responsible for “The Hot Mom to Be Handbook: Look and Feel Great from Bump to Baby.”
Denay offers her readers advice on things like “how to look gorgeous in a hot nursing bra.” I never knew that the need to feel attractive in such a garment was a priority for women, but it wouldn’t be the first time I misunderstood basic female imperatives.
Denay also expounds on the importance of moms looking hot in a great pair of jeans. “Hot” is a very important word for Denay, and she repeats it often.
When my daughter was a baby, my idea of stylish wardrobe was clothing that hid the spit-up stains fairly well. Your basic Docker’s dad, I can honestly say that I never fretted too much about how I looked when I squired the Little Girl to parks, libraries, or toy stores. It was the getting there that seemed important.
Silly books like Denay’s won’t help you figure out how to keep your kid off drugs, or on the dean’s list. But if you want to look fashion forward at the next PTA meeting, Jessica’s your girl.