About

A1 Leanne Red Bkgd 2014I am a humor writer, a mom to nine-year-old twins, and the author of DON’T LICK THE MINIVAN: Things I Never Thought I’d Say As a Parent (2013). My first picture book, THE CHANGE YOUR NAME STORE, will be out in May 2014 (Sky Pony Press) and my humor gift book, MOMMYFESTO: We Solemnly Swear…Because We Have Kids, hits the shelves in November 2014. I contributed to the hilarious anthology I JUST WANT TO BE ALONE (2014).

Besides blogging here, I write for Nickelodeon’s NickMom.com, blog for the Huffington Post, and co-run StuffKidsWrite.com (“Like Stuff Adults Write. But Funnier”).

I wrote a humor column for The Calgary Herald for two years and have been published other places, such as The Christian Science Monitor, Canadian Family, and The Globe and Mail. For a more thorough list, check out Media and Writing.

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I enjoy public speaking. I’ve hosted corporate and non-profit events, spoken at conferences, and emceed multiple celebrations.

When I’m not writing, speaking, or attempting to parent, I teach sixty-seven teenagers, who are only slightly less hormonal than me.

This is my personal blog. It is focused on making people laugh. If you have children or ever were a child, this blog is for you. If you’re one of my students, go do your homework.

I typically post about three times per week, unless it’s summer and I’m trying to stop Vivian and William from stalking the ex-convict driving the ice cream truck.

The best thing about this blog are my readers. They are hilarious. The comments they leave will have you spewing coffee over your laptop.

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My Top Posts

If you are new to this site, you may wish to check out the following posts:

Freshly Pressed

Parenting

Non-Parenting Humor

Posts With Hilarious Comments from Readers

Writing Career

My Biography

I grew up on a grain farm in rural Manitoba (think North Dakota with fewer hills and less people). This means that I’ve attempted to raise skunks as pets after my dad shot Mama Skunk, and that I know north from south, unlike my suburban husband.

Not long after I did the college thing, I left Canada and worked in Asia for eight years. It turned to be a build-your-own-family adventure. I met my Canadian husband in Bahrain, and we had Vivian and William in Bangkok. It was almost like Eat, Pray, Love, only without any life-changing epiphanies and with a lot more sarcasm.

I now live in Calgary, Alberta, Canada because I like complaining about the weather.

My Contact Information

Besides telepathy and carrier pigeon, you can reach me using any of the following:

Email: IronicMom [at] gmail [dot] com

Twitter@LShirtliffe

Facebook Page: IronicMom

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