Confessions of a Scary Mommy by Jill Smokler

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13 Critic Reviews

I wanted to be able to come here and tell you it was fluff and you may as well just read her blog for free instead of shelling out the dough for the book. But I would be wrong. The book is great.
-Katie's Bookcase

Synopsis

Sometimes I just let my children fall asleep in front of the TV.

In a culture that idealizes motherhood, it’s scary to confess that, in your house, being a mother is beautiful and dirty and joyful and frustrating all at once. Admitting that it’s not easy doesn’t make you a bad mom; at least, it shouldn’t.

If I can’t survive my daughter as a toddler, how the hell am I going to get through the teenage years?

When Jill Smokler was first home with her small children, she thought her blog would be something to keep friends and family updated. To her surprise, she hit a chord in the hearts of mothers everywhere.

I end up doing my son’s homework. It’s wrong, but so much easier.

Total strangers were contributing their views on that strange reality called motherhood. As other women shared their stories, Jill realized she wasn’t alone in her feelings of exhaustion and imperfection.

My eighteen month old still can’t say “Mommy” but used the word “shit” in perfect context.

But she sensed her readers were still holding back, so decided to start an anonymous confessional, a place where real moms could leave their most honest thoughts without fearing condemnation.

I pretend to be happy but I cry every night in the shower.

 The reactions were amazing: some sad, some pee-in-your-pants funny, some brutally honest. But they were real, not a commercial glamorization.

I clock out of motherhood at 8 P.M. and hide in the basement with my laptop and a beer.

If you’re already a fan, lock the bathroom door on your whining kids, run a bubble bath, and settle in. If you’ve not encountered Scary Mommy before, break out a glass of champagne as well, because you’ll be toasting your initiation into a select club.

I know why some animals eat their young.

In chapters that cover husbands (The Biggest Baby of Them All) to homework (Didn’t I Already Graduate?), Confessions of a Scary Mommy combines all-new essays from Jill with the best of the anonymous confessions.

Sometimes I wish my son was still little—then I hear kids screaming at the store.

As Jill says, “We like to paint motherhood as picture perfect. A newborn peacefully resting on his mother’s chest. A toddler taking tentative first steps into his mother’s loving arms. A mother fluffing her daughter’s prom dress. These moments are indeed miraculous and joyful; they can also be few and far between.” Of course you adore your kids. Of course you would lay down your life for them. But be honest now: Have you ever wondered what possessed you to sign up for the job of motherhood?

STOP! DO NOT OPEN THIS BOOK UNTIL YOU RECITE THESE VOWS!

I shall remember that no mother is perfect and my children will thrive because, and sometimes even in spite, of me.

I shall not preach to a fellow mother who has not asked my opinion. It’s none of my damn business.

I shall maintain a sense of humor about all things motherhood.
 

About Jill Smokler

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Jill Smokler is a New York Times bestselling author and domestic satirist whose candor about marriage and parenting has made her an unlikely hero among a new generation of women. She holds a degree in graphic design and psychology from Washington University in St. Louis and has three children. Married to her college sweetheart, she and her family live in downtown Baltimore.
 
Published April 3, 2012 by Gallery Books. 178 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Humor & Entertainment, Literature & Fiction, Parenting & Relationships. Non-fiction
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The Roanoke Times

Excellent
Reviewed by Nona Nelson on May 13 2012

Smokler is a talented writer who can summarize the joys and pitfalls of motherhood in a funny, frank and unsentimental voice. This is a woman who loves her children and husband but maintains a realistic perspective on the frustrations of family life.

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ReviewAtlas.com

Excellent
Apr 01 2012

Jill’s book, “Confessions of a Scary Mommy” is really pretty hilarious and I know this because I read it and found myself wishing I had written it.

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Ruckus Mag

Excellent
Reviewed by Abi Berwager on May 23 2012

...after reading this book you’ll know you aren’t alone. Some of the “scariest” confessions will give you the confidence boost you need to realize you’re not so bad after all...

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Style Magazine

Excellent
Reviewed by Celeste Sollad on Apr 15 2012

The best thing about Confessions of a Scary Mommy—or the most embarrassing—is that I’m still laughing out loud on the third go-round.

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Shelah Books It

Below average
Reviewed by Shelah on Apr 29 2012

Regardless, once I got the book in my hands, I was a little bit disappointed...Unfortunately, for someone who has been reading "confessional mommy blogs" for nearly a decade, this book didn't feel all that interesting or fresh.

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5 Minutes for Mom

Good
Reviewed by Dawn on Apr 09 2012

Personally, I appreciate her honesty, because I tend to roll my eyes at any proclamation that even hints at the thought that motherhood is nothing but sweetness and light.

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Book-Views.com

Good
Reviewed by Ellen Feld on Apr 02 2012

While some of the candor, and language, may be a bit much for those mothers who fall somewhere between Smokler and say, Martha Stewart, for many who feel they are alone in their refusal to fall into the mold of June Cleaver, it will be refreshing and humorous.

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Help4newmoms.com

Good
Reviewed by Claudine Walk on May 28 2012

Many of Smokler’s story details and confessions are “laugh out loud” funny. All of them are honest.

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Bookshipper

Good
Reviewed by Tina on May 14 2012

This author manages to take both sides of the equation and dissect it in a funny and, at times, touching manner that was a real joy to read.

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Katie's Bookcase

Good
Reviewed by Katie on Apr 29 2012

I wanted to be able to come here and tell you it was fluff and you may as well just read her blog for free instead of shelling out the dough for the book. But I would be wrong. The book is great.

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Old School/New School Mom

Good
Reviewed by Sarah Fader on Apr 23 2012

Ultimately, Confessions of a Scary Mommy is a manifesto declaring that whatever kind of parent you are, it's okay...This book is a must-read for parents with children of any age.

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Smart Picks for Mom

Good
Reviewed by Natalie on Apr 03 2012

This is a book you can pick up to read a few pages of on those days when being a mom sucks – just to remind yourself that it sucks for everybody sometimes.

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The Three Under

Good
Reviewed by Farrah on Mar 29 2012

If you’re a mom, going to be a mom or know moms you can’t help but to appreciate the honesty in this book.

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