“I loved this book, which—in the lightest, funniest way—acknowledges hard truths about race and parenting. In telling her story, and her mother’s, Ylonda Gault Caviness brings an important, and charming, new voice to the parenting conversation. Her mama should be proud.”
—Claire Dederer, author of Poser

 

“A bold and ballsy, yet deeply honest, take on trying to raise kids in today’s world of ‘mothering as an extreme sport.’ Ylonda was brought up by a no-nonsense, tough-love mama who, it turns out, got more than a few things right. Whether you’re black or white,whether your kids are babies or adults, you’re bound to find this book as fun to read as it is thought-provoking.”
—Cathi Hanauer, author of Gone and Sweet Ruin and editor of The Bitch in the House

 

“Ylonda’s mama didn’t raise no fool. Smart enough to see the wisdom in her mother’s old-school parenting ways, the author suggests that newfangled approaches aren’t necessarily what they’re cracked up to be. Got your hands full raising children? Put yourselfon ‘time out’ and read this insightful, often hilarious, book!”
—Monique Greenwood, former editor in chief of Essence, author of Having What Matters, and owner of Akwaaba Bed & Breakfast Inns

 

“Mothers of every color will laugh out loud and relate to Ylonda Gault Caviness’s raw voice. Hilarious, moving and blisteringly honest. You’ll end the book feeling less alone than you started!”
—Jill Smokler, author Confessions of a Scary Mommy

 

“In this ever busier and more complex world, Ylonda Gault Caviness has invited us to take a breath with her, a moment to assess not only who we are, but how we became the women we are. Ultimately, this book is the story of the right to claim not only motherhoodand mother wit, but the full expanse of what it means to be a woman—including the right to roll your eyes and say, ‘Child, please!’”;
—Asha Bandele, author of The Prisoner’s Wife

 

“A poignant and rich celebration of the spectrum of black motherhood—from our old school mamas to modern-day sensibility—that harks back to the cherished wisdom of a bygone era.”
—Kuae Kelch Mattox, national president of Mocha Moms, Inc.

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