What started as an innocent on-line baby book to chronicle Jill Smokler’s stay-at-home days with her children, quickly transformed into a vibrant community of parents, brought together by a common theme: Parenting doesn’t have to be perfect.
Six years later, that thriving community is still growing by the day. The Scary Mommy website now consists of an on-site Confessional where moms can anonymously share whatever is on their minds in a judgment free environment, active message boards where where thousands of women discuss everything from their fussy babies, to biggest pre-baby regrets to nightmare mothers-in-law, and the original blog, now written by Jill along with a team of talented writers.
And the support is more than virtual: Scary Mommy Nation, a registered 501(c)3 non-profit, helps members of the Scary Mommy Community who face the truly scary: An inability to feed their families. Born from an impromptu Thanksgiving fundraiser in 2011, Scary Mommy Nation recently raised over $160,000 in a matter of weeks to support almost 3,000 struggling families for Thanksgiving 2013.
A New York Times bestselling author of Simon and Schuster’s Confessions of A Scary Mommy (April 2012) and Motherhood Comes Naturally (And Other Vicious Lies) (April 2013), Jill’s honest take on parenting has appeared in countless publications and on television programs including The Today Show, Good Morning America, Nightline, Bethenny and Fox and Friends.
Jill lives in Baltimore with her college sweetheart and three kids (Lily, 9, Ben, 7 and Evan, 6.) She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.