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!


The Get Real Mom 1 week ago

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

Mitzi 5 months ago


Nicole 6 months ago

I solemnly swear by the Scary Mommy Manifesto….

Barbara Brearley 12 months 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 12 months ago

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

Carolyn Hosier 12 months ago


Susan Swan Tagg 12 months ago

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

M Elissa D As 12 months 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 12 months ago

I’m framing this

Summer Danehy 12 months ago


Sandra Newman-Walton 12 months ago

Forever and ever amen.

Elsa Kuhr Rock 12 months ago

You ROCK!!! <3 <3

Marsha Motta 12 months ago


Sam Riley 12 months ago

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

Elizabeth Santana 12 months 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 12 months ago

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

Rissa MakingitVintage 12 months ago


Maryann Silverman 12 months 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 12 months ago


Kristen Werner Schrotberger 12 months ago


Sarah Silver 12 months ago

Motherhood does not just mean taking card of the child but the whole family. Harsh reality sometimes.


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