The Scary Mommy Manifesto


confessions-of-a-scary-mommyConfessions of a Scary Mommy is a New York Times bestselling collection of original essays that take an irreverent look at the underbelly of parenting — things most moms would never admit, but feel every day.

“Get ready to ditch those Prada shoes (and anything else nice you own) and face reality—you haven’t had a brutal boss until you’ve had a baby. Put this book at the top of your diaper bag.” — Lauren Weisberger, #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Devil Wears Prada

“Any mother who doesn’t stifle a million knowing laughs . . . needs to make sure her funny bone wasn’t accidentally sucked into the diaper genie.” — Julie Klam, New York Times bestselling author

“Jill has blown the lid off what should and should not be said when discussing the experience of motherhood. . . . [She] dares to say the things that most mothers have thought, but few have had the courage to admit.” —

“A spot on hysterical look into the world of mommyville. Had me nodding my head in agreement and holding myself like a restless toddler because I didn’t want to put it down. Which, I do not recommend since you may actually pee yourself.” — Baby Center

“If motherhood is starting to feel like a story without a plot, my advice is to pretend you’re sick and lock yourself in the bathroom with this book. Highly recommended.” —Library Journal

“Jill offers up the perfect antidote to overly earnest parenting guides. It’s like comfort food for anxious moms, served with a side of snark.” — Cynthia Copeland, author of The Diaper Diaries and Really Important Stuff My Kids Have Taught Me

“If you need an irreverent, hysterical and oftentimes too-close-for-comfort look at motherhood, you need Scary Mommy.” — The Huffington Post 

Read the first two chapters by clicking here or purchase from Amazon • Barnes & Noble • Indie Bound

The book has been released in the following countries: Czech Republic, Slovakia, Poland, Korea, Germany, China, Russia, Turkey and Esotonia.



Motherhood- Cover“Hilarious, brutal honesty about parenting.” — New York Times bestselling author and comedian Michael Ian Black.

Newly pregnant and scared out of her mind, Jill Smokler lay on her OBGYN’s examination table and was told the biggest lie she’d ever heard in her life: “Motherhood is the most natural thing in the world.”

Instead of quelling her nerves like that well intentioned nurse hoped to, Jill was instead set up for future of questioning exactly what DNA strand she was missing that made the whole motherhood experience feel less than natural to her. Wonderful? Yes. Miraculous? Of course. Worthwhile? Without a doubt. But natural? Not so much.

Jill’s first memoir, the New York Times bestseller Confessions of a Scary Mommy, rocketed to national fame with its down and dirty details about life with her three precious bundles of joy. Now Jill returns with Motherhood Comes Naturally (And Other Vicious Lies,) a collection of all-new essays debunking more than twenty pervasive myths about motherhood. She’s here to give you what few others will dare: The truth.

Read a chapter excerpt here, or purchase from Amazon • Barnes & Noble • Indie Bound


Books by Scary MommyAhhh, the holidays: a time of joy, celebration, serenity, and peace… Unless, of course, you have children.

Scary Mommy’s Guide to Surviving The Holidays is filled with everything you need to survive the fall/winter rush of cheer in style… without having a mental breakdown.

From relatable, hilarious essays on everything from the Santa myth to being seated at the dreaded kids’ table, to easy-to-follow recipes that might include just a little something special to take the edge off (can anyone say Kahlua?), to fun and accessible gift ideas, this book is your ticket to peace of mind—and a laugh—during the busy, crazy holiday season.

Contributors to Scary Mommy’s Guide to Surviving The Holidays include some of your favorite Scary Mommy voices, along with some that might be new to you, too:

Kim Bongiorno • Christine Burke • Abby Byrd • Andrea Condodemetraky • Sarah Cottrell • Janie EmausVictoria FeddenNancy FriedmanAnna GebertDeborah GoldsteinAlice GomstynSharon GreenJessica GriffinMaria GuidoToni HammerNatalie HoageHarmony HobbsAmy HunterJulie LayKathryn LeehaneJennifer LizzaLola LolitaAlessandra MacalusoLeslie MarinelliHannah MayerJessica MayerAmanda MushroJennifer Weedon PalazzoTarja ParssinenRobyn PassanteCrystal PontiLily ReadJennifer ScharfAlisa SchindlerTammy ScottJennifer SimonAllison Slater TateJill SmoklerRita TempletonVicky WillenbergJoelle WislerMegan ZanderPretty impressive line up, I think.

Need more reason to purchase the book? A portion of all sales will benefit Scary Mommy Nation’s (an official 501(c)3 charity) Thanksgiving Project, striving to ensure that every Scary Mommy can celebrate Thanksgiving with her family.

Order from Amazon, Barnes & Noble or iBooks.


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        March 8, 2012I suggest that the deifnition Gravity measures Defines catchment areas by measuring travel impediment on a continuous scale. ( C. Curtis, J. Scheurer 2010) is deleted since although the statement is true there are many other accessibility measures that also fit this description and gravity measures do not always relate to catchments. Also the term gravity implies attraction which is correct but could lead to confusion with travel demand planning which relies heavily on gravity concepts. The list of types of measures remains a bit partial and it is beyond the scope of a glossary to do a comprehensive list of all accessibility measures. If however some of the most common measures need to be in the glossary then I suggest the three main categories are: 1. based on the utility of travel (e.g. time measures, utility based measures and other transport based value systems), 2. based on the opportunities available from an origin (e.g. Keeble job opportunities, economic potential measures, Shimbel nearest opportunities, Hansen origin measures, timespace geographic measures activity spaces, opportunity surfaces, etc), 3. based on the catchments of destinations (e.g. catchment populations, Hansen destination measures, etc). Othewise the list looks good but as the drafting of the reports takes place and new terms are added they need to be added to the list and modified through debate.

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    Catherine says

    On a day when I just found out that I expecting my second child, and couldn’t be happier or more scared, this is just perfect. Just do the best you can do, and let other Mom’s do the same. Thanks for this!

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    Kimberly says

    Love everything about this. Especially the part about motherhood not being a competition. And the part about not passing body-image issues down to my own kids. I needed this today, and I’m thankful you posted it.

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