About Abby

Abby Byrd mothers, frets, writes, teaches, and corrects other people’s grammar in an undisclosed location on the East coast of the United States of America. Her work has appeared on Huffington Post and Scary Mommy, among other sites, and in four anthologies.

Catch Abby on the Inside Voice podcast:

Click for awesomeness! Or drivel. Or something.


On Huffington Post:

Last Visit


On Scary Mommy:

The 5 Things Your Middle Schooler Is Doing Right Now

The Lunch-Packing Manifesto

The Myth of Santa Claus

Why We Still Need Our Mothers in the Age of Google

20 Signs You’re Addicted to Sugar


On BLUNTmoms:

Don’t Punch Babies

Your Dog Is Not a Child

Crazy Shit That Should Make You Run to your Gyno

How to Survive a Direct Sales Party


On Mamalode:

Why I’m Choosing to Have Only One Child


On the humor site The Reject Pile:

Questions to Ask When a Student Brings You a Homemade Clock

Pickup Lines for Sapiosexuals


On the humor site The Big Jewel:

Passive-Aggressive Erotica

A Letter From My Insurance Company Denying Coverage of Mental Health Services for Show Choir-Related Trauma


On the Erma Bombeck Writer’s Workshop:

From the live broadcast of my high school reunion

The passive-aggressive, unintentionally racist Dunkin’ Donuts customer


On Sammiches and Psych Meds/MockMom:


In Scary Mommy’s Guide to the Holidays...










… Martinis and Motherhood: Tales of Wonder, Woe, and WTF?!






But Did

But Did You Die?: Setting the Parenting Bar Low (Book #5 in the I Just Want to Pee Alone series)…






…and You Do You (Book #6 in the I Just Want to Pee Alone series).

Will Work for Apples, a collection of essays for, by, and about teachers and teaching, is forthcoming in spring 2019!

15 thoughts on “About Abby

  1. Love the Classroom Rules post. (Found your site from a Reddit link). I do believe they’ll be up in my own classroom within the next few weeks. Thanks for a good weekend laugh.

  2. Abby, after thirty-three years as a classroom teacher, I wrote a manuscript, “No Teacher Left Behind . . . ” . This manuscript was in response to advising an administrator that I was authoring the book for the next worthless book study being imposed on the faculty. I’d love to send you a copy.

  3. Allow me to join you in Club Disbelief? Hello! Why are funny people not more valued in our society? Fine, when we all get tired of not being appreciated and go away, what will make them laugh then, huh? I hope they have a stockpile of Knock Knock Dixie Cups and Bazooka Joe wrappers with bad puns to carry on with. They’ll be sorry! The day they’re forced to laugh at the jokes printed on the popsicle sticks, we’ll have our revenge. Our day will come.

    p.s. I TOTALLY HEART Lola Lolita. She rocks.

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