Leanne Shirtliffe

Leanne ShirtliffeLeanne Shirtliffe

Leanne Shirtliffe is a humor writer whose motto is “If you can’t laugh at yourself, laugh at your kids.” She contributes to Nickelodeon’s humor site, NickMom.com [1] and to The Huffington Post.

She is the author of Don’t Lick the Minivan: And Other Things I Never Thought I’d Say to my Kids (Skyhorse, May 2013).  Her humor book has garnered positive endorsements from Jenny Lawson (The Bloggess), Jill Smokler (Scary Mommy), Kirkus Review, and others.

Leanne’s blog, Ironic Mom [2], was the 2011 Best Humour Blog by the Canadian Weblog Awards. Her humor has also been recognized by Reader’s Digest.

Leanne’s other blog is Stuff Kids Write [3], where she and funny man Chase McFadden publish humorous writing by kids. The motto says it all: “Like Stuff Adults Write. But Funnier.” Several pieces from Stuff Kids Write have been featured by The Huffington Post, BuzzFeed, and Babble.

Leanne’s freelance work has been published widely, including by The Christian Science Monitor, The Globe and Mail, Canadian Family, and ProBlogger.  She has made the list of Top 10 Canadian Moms on Twitter [4]. She has also done lengthy segments on CBC’s The Calgary Eyeopener, the city’s number one morning radio show, as well assegments on CBC-TV, Citi TV, and sixteen CBC radio stations across the country.

Leanne is an award-winning teacher who has spent the past 18 years helping hormonal teenagers understand English and writing.  She’s presented several times to teachers as well. When she’s not writing, wasting time on Facebook [5], and avoiding cleaning, she tries to parent her eight-year-old twins. Kind of.


Writer • Humorist • Teacher

Author of Don’t Lick the Minivan: And Other Things I Never Thought I’d Say to my Kids



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