I guess I knew somewhere in the back of my mind that motherhood wasn’t easy. Or at least, not perfect. But, somehow, I got the mistaken impression that it would mostly be easy. And that every mother out there treasures every last moment of motherhood and instantly knows what the hell they are doing the second their baby is born.
So, there must have been something wrong with me when I didn’t instantly love everything about motherhood… and still don’t. Like soccer. I hate soccer.
But, where are the moms like me? Moms who are okay with admitting that motherhood isn’t a glamorous cakewalk?
One mom who has always been honest about motherhood is Jill Smokler, also known as Scary Mommy. I’ve loved her wit and honesty from the start. I’ve been a fan of her blog forever. I read her and thought she is so my people.
I had the opportunity to read an advanced copy of her book Confessions of a Scary Mommy: An Honest and Irreverent Look at Motherhood: The Good, The Bad, and the Scary.
My initial thought was where the hell was this book when I was a new mom who looked around at all the other moms around me and thought they all had it together and I was the only hot mess?
And even now that mine are older, I still need reassurances that I’m not the only mom who feels this way. Like “I’m just starting to discover the benefits of having older children. The conversations with real people instead of mere animal noises and horrible baby songs” or, a little later in that same chapter “Having older kids is like having servants. For free. Seriously, it’s all kinds of awesome.”
I literally LOL’ed my way through this book. So much so that random strangers turned to give me weird looks since I was reading this on a rare kid-free flight. But, hey, did you see I was kid-free? They could give me all the weird looks they wanted, I was enjoying myself!
Reading this book is like having an honest chat with your best girlfriend about all things mom. In addition to Jill’s wit, you’ll also read anonymous confessions from other moms at the beginning of each chapter. And the Scary Mommy Manifesto is something all moms should have to sign before they leave the hospital with their first baby.
My sister-in-law is having her baby shower next month and guess what she’s getting? After you read it, you’ll want to give this out as a gift, too- to every mom you know. I might be gushing, but I love this book! And could not be happier for Jill!
I’m also giving away a copy of Confessions of a Scary Mommy. No jumping through hoops to enter- just answer one simple question in the widget below.
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Jill sent me this book just to be nice. No review or giveaway was required, but I loved it and wanted to share it with you!