Top "Sweet Potato Queen" On Parenting

Best-selling author Jill Connor Browne has been providing women with simple, straightforward -- though fun, witty, and sassy advice about everything from dating to marriage.

Her seventh book, "The Sweet Potato Queens' Guide to Raising Children for Fun and Profit," dispenses advice to weary parents everywhere

Essentially, Browne observes in the book in her own, humorous way, being a parent can be stressful, but keeping a sense of humor can help both you and your kids.

As publisher Simon & Schuster (a part of the CBS Corporation, as is puts it, " 'The Sweet Potato Queens' Guide to Raising Children for Fun and Profit' is a hilarious (though not scientifically tested) wink at the time-honored mysteries of parenting, because anybody who has ever had a kid or has ever known one knows that the experience is neither fun nor profitable -- so you might as well laugh! ... (The book) will have everyone who's ever been a parent -- or has ever thought of becoming one -- or has ever been a child -- or is still one -- giggling and grinning (no small feat) through those childbearing years -- and beyond."

Browne discussed the book, and offered some of her views on parenting, on The Early Show Friday. She also served up some sweet potato recipes -- from this book and her previous ones -- guaranteed to get kids eating -- and keep moms sane!

Among her thoughts offered on the show and in the book: There's nothing wrong with being a "beta" parent, as opposed to an ever-perfect "alpha" one.

To see the Early Show segment,


To read an excerpt of "The Sweet Potato Queens' Guide to Raising Children for Fun and Profit," click here.

"Boss Queen" Browne founded the "Sweet Potato Queens" in the early 1980s. She created the group after going through some "doldrums," and wanted a new direction for her life. She lived near Vardaman, Miss., the self-proclaimed sweet potato capital of the world -- which is where she took the name from for her group. There are now almost 5,400 "Sweet Potato Queen" chapters worldwide.

Browne is considered "America's No. 1 humor writer" by Nielsen Bookscan. There are more than 2.2. million "Sweet Potato Queens" books in print, not even including any of the latest one.

To see those recipes we mentioned, go to Page 2!