Confessions of A Scary Mommy

Confessions of A Scary Mommy

Book - 2012
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Based on the hugely popular website,, Confessions of a Scary Mommy digs deep into the underbelly of parenting and tackles the issues many mothers are too afraid to expose.

Sometimes I just let my c hildren 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?


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.
Publisher: New York : Gallery Book, c2012.
Edition: First Gallery Books hardcover edition
ISBN: 9781451673777
Branch Call Number: 306.8743 SMOKLER
Characteristics: viii, 168 pages ; c 19 cm.


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Dec 29, 2015

I found the mix of confessions with the essays to be really refreshing and they cut quite close to what parenting and mothering is - my favourite one is when she talks about the dual nature of each of her children when asked, "Do I have a favourite child?" They are all our favourite, and we also dislike them intensely from time to time. Nothing truer than that.

Jun 25, 2014

Jill Smokler and I MUST share a brain; she's just a billion times better at putting her thoughts on paper. This book will make you actually laugh out loud (not just say LOL because you should be) and give you a sense of community with other moms who aren't always (ahem, never) perfect. I am recommending this to all my mommy friends and I think we should gather weekly until eternity to discuss it.

Jan 28, 2013

Funny book for all( parents, aunts uncles and those young at heart ) the stories and insight are honest in a raw and enlighting way. Loved it and very easy to read.

LocketLibrarian Jul 19, 2012

Not for the faint of heart or the sanctimommy.

Extremely funny, yet some of the confessions are heartbreaking, that moms have to hide the imperfections that make us real.


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