Half-@ssing it with Mary Ann Zoellner & Alicia Ybarbo – An O2O Author Interview

sh-ttymomseasonsAlicia Ybarbo and Mary Ann Zoellner, authors of the New York Times bestselling Sh*tty Mom, are back with a hilarious guide presenting common parenting scenarios with advice for getting through the year the sh*tty mom way. Told in the same tongue-in-cheek voice as the original, Sh*tty Mom for All Seasons explores the occasions throughout the year that test every mother’s patience and inspire self-deprecating humor and that second glass of wine. Sample chapters for the sh*tty mom year include:

  • Fall: Yes, We All Have to Be Here: The Annual PTO Funsraiser
  • Winter: Mom’s “Real” New Year’s Resolutions
  • Spring: I’m Running Off with the Gardner: April Fools
  • Summer: Summer Reading Lists & Other Great Reasons Why You Don’t Home School

We recently caught up with the busy dynamic-duo and asked them a few questions about writing another Sh*tty Moms book.

alicia and mary ann

O2O: Tell us a little bit about what this book is about.

AY: Our book is about being double the parent at half the effort. Laughing when you want to cry at all those shitty mom stories. Giving yourself a break.

O2O: What was your inspiration for writing this book?

AY: Our moms, the original sh*tty moms, were the inspiration. They managed to parent without this expectation of perfection. There was no such thing when we were growing up. Today’s society expects us to be tip top parents. Just can’t be done.

MAZ: To help moms and dads out there feel better about their less-than-perfect parenting moments.

O2O: Was there anything different or surprising about writing this book than when you wrote your previous book?

AY: Felt good to continue writing about something that was already well loved by others.

MAZ: Just the pressure of following up a New York Times Best Selling book.

O2O: Who did you collaborate with this time around?

AY: We brought on Erin Clune to help us write the book. She is a humor writer. She took our ideas and put them into beautiful, wonderful prose.

O2O: What advice would you give to someone who wants to write a book?

AY: Just do it already. Write about something you know. And boy do we know a thing or two about being Sh*tty Moms.

MAZ: Do it for yourself and your brand. So many people we talk to think you make money from books in a few rare occurrences you do..but in most you don’t. We have probably spent more money promoting the book then we made selling it.

O2O: Will you write another book?

AY & MAZ: Yes!

Where to buy Sh*tty Mom for All Seasons

Giveaway! – closed

Alicia & Mary Ann have a copy of Sh*tty Mom for All Seasons for an O2O member! To enter the giveaway, leave a comment telling us which season: Spring, Summer, Fall, or Winter, brings out the sh*tty parent in you and why OR if you’re not a parent, tell us who in your life would appreciate receiving a copy of this book. Giveaway closes midnight (PT) Thursday, May 26th. Winner will be notified via email on Friday, May 27th.

Congrats to Andrea T. (comment #11) on winning the book!


More about Alicia & Mary Ann

Alicia Ybarbo and Mary Ann Zoellner (@shttymom, @todaysmoms, @aliciaybarbo) are Emmy Award–winning producers at NBC’s Today show. They are the co-authors of Sh*tty Mom: The Parenting Guide for the Rest of Us, Sh*tty Mom for All Seasons: Half-@ssing It All Year Long, and Today’s Moms: Essentials for Surviving Baby’s First Year.


*No Purchase Necessary. Void Where Prohibited By Law. Entry period will run from Tuesday, May 17, 2016 through midnight (PT), Thursday, May 26, 2016. Entries must be received in those time frames to be valid. Contest is open to One2One Network members, 18 years of age or older, and a resident of the United States of America. Winner will be chosen via random draw and notified via email. Please see Official Rules for Giveaways.


  1. Jessica Hall says:

    Love it!! Can’t wait to read this book! My sh*ttiest season is winter for sure!

  2. Haha I love this already and can’t wait to read it. I think Summer is my time for being a s****y mom LOL. Too much time with these kids inside can drive me crazy. And here in the PNW, it usually rains a lot so we have to do inside activities. I try to make things fun but with 3 kids, there is a lot of fussing and fighting haha. I have a lot of fun activities this time and the school gave us homework packets for summer so hopefully that will help but I don’t have as much patience as their teachers Lol.

  3. Olga Davis says:

    Winter: Mom’s “Real” New Year’s Resolutions – Let’s face it, what I say out loud is not always what I’m thinking. I have my own ideas as to how I’m going to do that potty-training, and yes it involves bribing the child…but….shh…don’t tell the other moms.

  4. Jennifer Wood says:

    I would love to win this book because it looks hilarious and I want to gift it to my best friend who is expecting her first baby. I think she’d really appreciate the humor in reading a baby book like this compared to most of the normal boring baby books.

  5. Erin Marie says:

    All I want to do is stay inside and stay warm – All the kids want to do is play outside in the snow.

  6. Michelle combs says:

    I’d say that the Summer Season brings out the sh*tty parent in me most because the Summer season is so much more hectic that other times of the year. We are always on the go; doing lots of different activities and I just get a little stressed out more so during the summer months that other times of the year. Maybe by reading this book, I could learn to be a little less sh*tty this summer. Thanks y’all

  7. Winter brings that out in me for sure. I don’t like the cold, and when there’s 2 feet of snow on the ground I DON’T WANT TO PLAY IN IT. I send my invincible husband out to wrangle all the kids.

  8. carol naes says:

    Spring brings out the Sh*tty Mom in me.. I just want to get out and enjoy the weather, I don’t want any of the mom responsibilities..

  9. SUmmer because my patience is tested The continue of hearing I am bored makes me so anger and i just suck

  10. Elizabeth Spivey says:

    Winter brings out the sh*tty Mom in me because it’s too cold to go outside so I let my daughter watch far more tv than I should just so that I can have time to do all the things I need to do.

  11. andrea t says:

    Summer – plans to teach my kid how to garden, study the great books together, or travel to all our area museums inevitably = a hodgepodge of day camps so Mama can actually continue her day job, staying up too late and resulting cranky mornings, and far too much ice cream and screen time.

  12. Terra Heck says:

    Winter brings it out for me because of the bad weather. Kids are locked indoors most of the time and they’re bored. That, in turn, makes me a little bit crabby. Thanks.

  13. Definitely summer because I get less of a break with the older two kids home from school and everyone can start to drive me crazy.

  14. Lindsey H says:

    Sounds fun! Summer does it for me. I’m not patient when it’s too hot.

  15. Haa, I don’t think I’ve ever been sooo excited to get a new book, this is the real shit, most Moms hide from the world. I’m far from perfect, and don’t pretend to be. I LOVE it! I’d have to say Winter would be my shitty mom season, mostly because living in the Northeast its always cold and snowy, which in turn means more boring days stuck inside, who likes getting themselves bundled all up to run to the store (let alone 3-5 kids depending on the day/time), so I find myself letting the kids have way more time on tablets, cellphones, video games and movies. Giving in easier to unhealthy snacks, meals etc. As well as having too many lazy bum days, “since we aren’t going anywhere, we can skip tub time until tomorrow”. And so on, I definitely slack a little more with the rules when winter hits, more so than the warmer months. Not to mention, my patience are thinner, having all of us stuck inside riding eachothers nerves all the time. Dying to win a copy of this book, I CANNOT WAIT TO CHECK IT OUT!! Thanks so much for the chance ♡♡♡ XO

  16. E. Johnson says:

    Mine is the summer. The heat is no good for me. But the kid sure loves it!