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Moms Who Drink and Swear: True Tales of Loving My Kids While Losing My Mind

3.64  ·  Rating details ·  1,071 Ratings  ·  147 Reviews
If you feel like your kids are killing you, you’ve come to the right place.

Attention all potty-mouthed, cheap-wine-drinking mothers: Prepare to meet your match. Any bad thought you’ve had about your kids, Nicole Knepper has had worse. Much worse. It’s not that she doesn’t love her kids. It’s that she understands what a mind-f*?% it can be to try to civilize those wild litt
Paperback, 336 pages
Published April 2nd 2013 by NAL (first published January 1st 2013)
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Nov 05, 2013 rated it it was ok
Moms Who Drink and Swear just did not do it for this mommy. To be honest, I only got about 80 percent of the way through because I just got bored. If I want to read about bratty kids fighting and throwing temper tantrums, and a mom who is flying by the seat of her pants and messing up a lot, but still loves her kids and tries her best, I'll write my own book. This is every mom (at least the ones I know) and it just didn't hold my interest. I will admit that it is a very easy read and the author ...more
Jennifer Millard
Apr 16, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Nikki Knepper is my new fantasy BFF. I'm actually not 100% convinced that this book wasn't actually written by my real life BFF (except Debbie doesn't swear as much. and it's something I never realized until I read this- haha). There was something so genuine and familiar about her story telling.

It's a funny, sometimes brilliantly unfocused, sometimes jarringly right-on account of the madness that is motherhood for my generation.

And like Jill Smokler's Scary Mommy, Knepper gave me comfort and ass
Meredith Spidel
May 01, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I wanted to cry whole reading this book because it was just so darn perfect. Nicole touches on the raw, honest heart of motherhood with a hefty does of her brilliant wit and humor. Reading this book was a gift.
Apr 19, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Read this in one day. Having followed this author on Facebook I was so excited to read this. Knepper is our generation's Erma Bombeck, a writer who tells it like it is with grace and wit. I would happily meet Knepper for a glass of "Mommy's grape juice" to exchange stories about our kids anytime!
Jul 03, 2013 rated it it was ok
Shelves: non-fiction
It was a good concept, and I really wanted to like this book. But she was SO repetitive. By the end, I just wanted it to be over.
i kind of read this by accident. i thought it was something else. & of course, now i don't remember what i thought it was. because i'm a mom with no attention span.

this was all right. it took me a while to get into it. as is so often the case with blogs that are turned into books, i get the feeling that nicole is a laff riot in person, & capable of churning out more than the average number of humorous blog posts, but it doesn't really translate to a book format. it had its moments. i par
Sara Giacalone
Apr 04, 2013 rated it really liked it
I laughed out loud quite often while reading Moms Who Drink and Swear: True Tales of Loving My Kids While Losing My Mind - to the point where my hubby asked "What are you reading?" in a somewhat exasperated way. I couldn't help it. Nicole Knepper is funny and insightful and is a genius for saying the things many moms think but wouldn't dare admit out loud. This girl knows her shit, and thank god she's willing to share it with the rest of us. Now I don't feel so alone (which also explains the suc ...more
Apr 16, 2013 rated it it was ok
Moms Who Drink And Swear

2 / 5

Here's the thing with this book: it wasn't awful. I actually did find it quite funny. However, I kept thinking to myself "Stop beating this dead horse" as I turned each page. The author would go on this rant, saying things many moms think, but won't/don't vocalize. You'll laugh and hopefully not cringe at the vulgarity and swearing (I'm the same way. Doesn't phase me so that played no part in my 2-star rating) and then she repeats herself. And again. And again. I fel
Stefanie Buxel-florenzen
Dec 17, 2013 rated it it was amazing
One of my go to books now for those hard parenting days. Moms have it hard and do a thankless job. This is book reminds us of that fact. It is supposed to pick us up, show us the hard facts of parenthood, and provide comfort in knowing that we are normal human beings for having good and bad parenting days. It is normal to need an escape into the laundry room with a pint of ice cream and box wine. It is healthy even :) I have found a new friend and confidant in Nikki. Moms who are real, who lay i ...more
Apr 24, 2013 rated it it was amazing
This is a damn funny book. If you don't have a sense of humor or if you are actually perfect at everything you do, this book is not for you.
But it is for everybody else. It's a nice reminder that other people feel the same way you do and you aren't a bad parent for feeling a little overwhelmed and crazy sometimes!
Apr 08, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Funniest book I have ever read!!!
Patrice Sartor
I read most of this on a flight from CA to NC, and it was a perfect airplane book. I laughed out loud enough times that my kids stopped rolling their eyes at me and just accepted it. While my two boys are teenagers, I remember what being a mom with two young kids is like enough that I found this title very relateable. Knepper writes from the heart, with humor, swearing, truth, and love.

I was touched by the chapter about her relationship with her dad. I understood all the stories about her kids a
Sarah Jamison
I had read a few of Knepper's blog entries and thought they were amusing enough, so when this came up cheap or freebie, I thought I'd give it a whirl. After all, I am a mom who drinks (even tho I shouldn't) and swears (altho I try to keep it to a minimum). That said, Moms Who Drink and Swear in the long-form lacks the charm of the short, Chicago Tribune column version. Each essay goes on and on with plenty of swearing-- so much that it eventually becomes distracting and then annoying-- and plent ...more
Kim Bongiorno
Jul 06, 2013 rated it really liked it
Nikki Knepper is a complicated gal.
She's highly educated and works as a mental health professional, yet curses like a drunken sailor and has no issues talking about her friends' vaginas in detail to the general public. Her book has the kind of fun pace that makes you feel her swirling around the room you're in, gesticulating wildly while searching for something her kids keep asking for. Yes, she regularly interrupts herself, but it's just like the many phone conversations I have with my friends
Elizabeth Arritt
Aug 30, 2013 rated it it was ok
I was a little disappointed in this book. I have followed this author on Facebook and find her to be quite funny. Unfortunately I didn't see much humor in this book. With the exception of a couple of stories (which did make me laugh out loud) I found this book a bit boring. Don't get me wrong I think Nicole Knepper is probably a helluva person to meet in real life, but a lot of this book was just...unremarkable. Being a mom that does drink (not too much but just enough) and does have the mouth o ...more
Ariel Sage
Jun 23, 2014 rated it did not like it
To be fair, my kid's only two months old so I couldn't relate to a lot of this, but it just wasn't that funny. It was like the loud mouthed person at a party trying to say the most outlandish things to get attention, and you laugh because everyone else is laughing and you think it's sort of funny, but really you just sidle out of the room because it's just not nearly as funny as it thinks it is.... So I stopped reading it.
May 03, 2014 rated it did not like it
I had such high, high hopes for this book, first I'm a mommy, second I drink and Iastly I swear. A trifecta right there. But man this book was AWFUL. I couldn't even bring myself to finish. Very juvenile, trying too hard and seemed she was throwing a lot of curses and other assorted bad language out there for effect. So disappointing. Really no wonder it was $1.99, that should have been the clue not to proceed.
May 28, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: nonfiction
OMG! One has to be careful while reading this. There is the danger of snorting your drink out your nose ... as you choke on laughter at some of these things Knepper writes.

This is one of the best impulsive buys I have bought in some time.
Gwen Menz
Jun 12, 2013 rated it really liked it
For those of us moms who drink too much, swear WAY too much, and do our best to raise our children to be decent people, this book is for you. Parts of this book made me laugh so hard I about peed my pants. Give it a try - you'll relate.
Laura Hoffman Brauman
May 14, 2013 rated it really liked it
Absolutely hilarious! Every mom (at least those that drink and swear -- and really that is most of us if we are honest) -- should read this book. Especially with a glass of wine at the end of a long day. Passing this one along to my sisters.
Tricia Lawrence
May 19, 2014 rated it really liked it
The best $1.99 I have ever spent. I laughed all the way through.
Leslie Dowling
May 05, 2013 rated it did not like it
Shelves: abandoned
I'm irreverent, potty-mouthed, and survived single motherhood of two girls... and returned this book for a refund. Just didn't appreciate the author's writing style or sense of humor.
Cameron Udall
Jul 11, 2013 rated it it was ok
I loved the name of this book, because frankly, I can relate. Unfortunately, the title is the best thing about this book.
Jun 24, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-in-2017, own-no
I'd never keep up with this woman in a booze way and am glad to only know her at a sober level. Great book. Found myself laughing quite a bit. Jesus Judy was my favorite chapter.
Jul 25, 2017 rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2017-books-read
Couldn't finish it.
Trisha Copeland
May 26, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This was a hilariously, funny, true book! Laughed the whole time reading it.
Angela Hedworth
Mar 04, 2017 rated it it was ok
I wanted to like this more but honestly, after awhile, all of the ranting and raving, comparisons, similes, etc. got rather old. It was one of those that if I wasn't compelled to finish books, I would have stopped halfway through.
May 28, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Mom's who drink and swear
Recommended to Margot by: My great self
Hilarious! Almost died laughing! Right on the mark! I'd love to spend the day with the author, Nikki Knepper (at least that's what her mom calls her!)....I could just go on and on...OK, I will. I think I would laugh so much so, that afterward I would feel as though I did an ab workout, which is far more than I do now!

I got a new Paper White Kindle for my summer reading collection and this was the first book I chose to read. While poolside in Key West, I could not contain my hysterical laughter.
Courtney Johnson
May 20, 2014 rated it liked it
I snagged Moms Who Drink and Swear because although I'm not a mom, I teach high school, so I can understand wanting to drink and swear. A lot. I also enjoy vignette style stories (or these days, a collection of blog posts) so I figured I would like this one.

I thought the stories included were kind of hit or miss. I didn't really care for the first third of the book or so. The stories weren't particularly funny and the author uses a lot of slang, but I can only take hearing about how something wa
Carolyn Coppola
May 21, 2013 rated it really liked it
Although, I don't tend to enjoy a book with a lot of "swearing", I do love to read real life accounts of Motherhood and Nikki's book is as real as it gets. I love how she shares her journey through motherhood openly and honestly! Her words went straight to my heart and she had me in tears as she recounted the beauty of sharing in the birth of her best friend's first baby and the bond of true friendship. I truly loved reading about her past and especially connected to the amazing influence her pa ...more
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“God grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, a sledgehammer to smash the motherfucking shit out of the toys that are loud, broken, obnoxious and constantly being fought over, and the wisdom NOT to smash said toys because it would scare my children and it would really just be easier to uncork the wine and drink the entire bottle. Amen.” 2 likes
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