“Stop Licking That” delves into often gross, humorous world of parenting | SummitDaily.com

“Stop Licking That” delves into often gross, humorous world of parenting

Karin Mitchell has yelled for her children to "Stop licking that!" more times than she can remember, and the Summit County author and educator recently released a new book that she hopes will help others.

"Of course, I wanted to entertain people, and I wanted them to laugh at parenting — because it's pretty funny to parent little people," Mitchell said of her motives for writing her second self-published book. "They just do funny stuff all the time."

From 6-8 p.m. Thursday, Mitchell will be at Colorado Mountain College's Eileen and Paul Finkel Auditorium in Breckenridge for an atypical presentation with excerpts from the book turned into mad libs, a couple fun games and more. The college is also offering childcare.

In "Stop Licking That," Mitchell takes on the reality of parenting with an honest and strong voice. It's quite the departure from her first book, "Between Families," a contemporary, young-adult fiction novel about a 12-year-old girl growing up against the backdrop of a residential-treatment center.

Mitchell said that she had a great experience with her first book and then, through some joking around, people were telling she should write another one, a more funny, lighthearted book.

"And so I decided to write a funny book," she said.

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There were some things with "Stop Licking That" that came easier, Mitchell explained while adding that her newest work draws largely on her experience and seeks to relay information about parenting with relatable stories.

"With nonfiction, you don't have to decide on the truth — it's just what happened," Mitchell said. "That's helpful, but it's harder in that you have to know the structure. You're still writing scenes either way, but when I was writing nonfiction like that I had to figure out what the organizing principal was. That was harder, but it was also easier because I had so much context."

Mitchell admits that getting your toddlers to actually stop licking something is easier said than done, however, and her newest book comes in the same vein as others like "I Just Want to Pee Alone."

Chapters in Mitchell's second book include "Toddlers Eat Like Snakes," "The Three Inventions That Would Make Me The World's Best Mom" and "21 Things I Lost, Forgot, or Got Wrong Before 9 AM." It ends with a short list of oft true but strange tips, tricks and weird facts, including why it just might be a good idea to teach your children to blow snot rockets or how duct tape could save you money on toddlers' mittens.

A number of fun games for children are also included in the appendix, and some of those will come out Thursday at CMC.

"I didn't want to do a regular read aloud," Mitchell said of her presentation. "I'm a teacher, and so I try to think of how to interact with the audience."

Mitchell added that she has a little bit of swag to give away, and she'll be giving something out to the audience member who can name the grossest thing their kid has licked.

"Stop Licking That" retails for $16 in paperback. It's available on Amazon.com, and Mitchell hopes to have it soon in local bookstores.

If you go

What: Colorado Mountain College Speaker Series

When: 6-8 p.m., Thursday

Where: Finkel Auditorium at Colorado Mountain College-Breckenridge, 107 Denison Placer Road

Info: The author of “Stop Licking That,” Karin Mitchell, will engage the audience by leading activities interspersed with readings from the recently released book. During the reading and book-signing event, audience members will play games of telephone, Batman Says and share their own stories. The event is free, and childcare will be provided for a suggested $5 donation per child. To RSVP, call or email CMC’s Heidi Kunzek at (970) 453-6757, ext. 2614, or hkunzek@coloradomnt.edu.