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 all-new essays debunking more than 20 pervasive myths about motherhood. She’s here to give you what few others will dare: The truth.
“Hilarious, brutal honesty about parenting.” — New York Times bestselling author and comedian Michael Ian Black.
“Honest, heartfelt wisdom . . . [that has] given untold numbers of parents the comforting knowledge that they’re not alone.” —Baltimore Magazine
“Every parent has heard many of the countless axioms of child-rearing: Motherhood comes naturally; pets make children more responsible; it’s just a phase; etc. Smokler turns these ideas upside down, offering readers a more honest, sarcastic take on what parenting is really all about.” — Kirkus Reviews
“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
“Funny, charming, engaging and highly prone to making me laugh my head off.” — Babble.com
“[Jill] makes the reality of motherhood a beautiful chaos that we can laugh at, enjoy, and find peace with. She connects us all on a common thread of some days, we’re just taking it one-hour-at-a-time. And that’s ok.” — Everyday Family
“Jill opened the door for moms being real with themselves and each other” — AllParenting.com