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Following the publication of their first book, Today’s Moms, a comprehensive guide on parenthood, Alicia Ybarbo and Mary Ann Zoellner realized what their fans were truly looking for was a little attitude.
“We have a Twitter following of about 280,000, and most moms responded to Tweets that were comedic in nature or were light-hearted,” Ybarbo tells PEOPLE. “They still like the [helpful] information, but they like it given with a dose of sugar, and a little sass.”
The revelation inspired the two, alongside coauthor Karen Moline, to team up with comedienne Laurie Kilmartin, a writer for Conan, and pen their ode to mothers just like them: Sh*tty Mom: The Parenting Guide for the Rest of Us.