The Scary Mommy Manifesto


About the writer


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. Welcome to Scary Mommy!


Laura 3 months ago

Just wanted to say how much I love scary mommy. I can almost always relate to the articles. :-) thank you

The Get Real Mom 3 months ago

THIS! This is amazing. Can we just have all new mommy’s repeat this after giving birth?

Mitzi 8 months ago


Nicole 8 months ago

I solemnly swear by the Scary Mommy Manifesto….

Barbara Brearley 1 year ago

Moms are human too. Don’t be afraid to ask for help. If not friends or family, hire someone to help with the children, I did. I hired a 13 year old neighbor girl to play with and look after my 3and a half and 22 month old kids while I cared for my newborn. She came after school and during the summer months.

Leanne Turpin Refvik 1 year ago

❤️ this website…it ‘humanizes’ all mothers as the regular people we are! ❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️

Carolyn Hosier 1 year ago


Susan Swan Tagg 1 year ago

I need this framed and on a pin I can wear, iPhone case and such!!!

M Elissa D As 1 year ago

The sanctimommies are driving me nuts!!! Those moms who have to tell others that they’re crazy, lazy, disgusting because they do things differently or have a different viewpoint or WORSE they cut down a mom who is saying, “I’m overwhelmed. I need help.” Some mom today wrote that other moms who say they’re too busy to shower are full of crap and just lazy. What causes so much hostility??? If you are a mom who has it allll together, then why don’t you offer helpful and encouraging suggestions to other moms who are struggling instead of sanctimoniously knocking them down?

Meg Drake 1 year ago

I’m framing this

Summer Danehy 1 year ago


Sandra Newman-Walton 1 year ago

Forever and ever amen.

Elsa Kuhr Rock 1 year ago

You ROCK!!! <3 <3

Marsha Motta 1 year ago


Sam Riley 1 year ago

Lol no no just thought we all feel like that sometimes!

Elizabeth Santana 1 year ago

Yes those ladies who take everything to heart like each post should be catered to you personally, get the fuck outta here! Take a joke, we’re all going through the same stuff! I’m happy I found scary mommy, although I’m the scary one in my house :)

Marina Cumming 1 year ago

Marching towards the institution right now…awesome day…then a switch flips…and the psycho fournager appears…

Rissa MakingitVintage 1 year ago


Maryann Silverman 1 year ago

Now at the age of 61 I spend my days with my youngest grandkids, brothers ages 2 and 1/2 and 1. I am grateful for my sense of humor and ability to ignore the mess.

Tayla N Joseph Gonzalez 1 year ago



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