Most parents have thought things – or muttered them under their breath – that they’d never dream of sharing with another human being. Yet when some of the most momentarily shocking admissions show up from anonymous strangers in the Scary Mommy Confessional*, soon dozens of fellow parents have clicked “OMG, Me Too!” Suddenly, the confessor feels a little less nuts, and a lot less alone.
* The blog and confessional use salty – even spicy! – language, so be aware of this before sharing it with more sensitive family members or children.
Considering all the “Better than You” parenting out there, it’s a relief to find a site like Scary Mommy. The Scary Mommy Manifesto begins with “I shall maintain a sense of humor about all things motherhood, for without it, I recognize that I may end up institutionalized. Or, at the very least, completely miserable.” And with that promise made, you may enter into an irreverent world that admits foibles and errors and celebrates joys and solidarity.
Jill Smokler, the powerhouse behind the Scary Mommy site, has created a community of real parents who discuss the taboo and the embarrassing and mundane. They also support each other in less abstract ways, like when Jill Smokler asked her community of parents to help each other have a Happy Thanksgiving. And now, using the confessions that thousands of parents have shared anonymously, Scary Mommy has pulled together a book for parents to read when they need reassurance and support – with a healthy handful of humor and reality. It’s called, appropriately enough, Confessions of a Scary Mommy.
Broken up into mini-chapters like “This ‘Vacation’ Sure is A Lot of Work” and “The Xanax Approach to Parenting,” Jill riffs off the confessions listed at the beginning of each section to share her own take on the subject at hand. Exposing what many parents would consider deeply personal shortcomings, Stokler at once validates and de-stigmatizes moments in which we do the best we can – despite knowing (or perhaps hoping) we can do better.
Need some validating laughter? Want to know you’re not the only one who has ever thought [fill in the blank]? Well, Barista Kids has a galley copy of Confessions of a Scary Mommy to giveaway to one lucky reader. It doesn’t even come out until April…so this is a real treat. We think you’ll end up ordering copies for your sister, best friend, and second cousin.
To enter, tell us something that makes you laugh about your children’s behavior or your parenting. I’ll start by sharing that my kids love dancing to Ke$ha and LMFAO in our afternoon dance parties. But I draw the line at seeing the videos! One person who responds to this post by 11:59 p.m. on Thursday, March 1, 2012, will be chosen at random to receive this advance copy of Confessions of a Scary Mommy! Please post only once.
No purchase necessary. Starts Tuesday, February 28, 2012 at 11:30 am EST and ends Thursday, March 1, 2012 at 11:59 p.m. Open to U.S. residents ages 18 years and older. Void where prohibited.
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