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5.0 out of 5 starsLaughed So Hard I Cried!
Reviewed in the United States on May 12, 2016
This is a hilarious book...I was sometimes laughing so hard I was crying! The author gives a hilarious,very real, and sometimes graphic account of her experiences on raising children wound into a great story. The book also contains several excerpts from anonymous parents and their experiences on raising children. As a parent it really makes you feel better to know that sometimes we all lose it when it comes to parenting. I will warn you though that there is some graphic language so if you are giving this as a gift I would keep that in mind. That being said, I would highly recommend this book!
Jill's essays are laugh-out-loud funny. And I don't mean the cutesy version of motherhood funny like "oh, it's hysterical that you pee a lot when you're pregnant." Jill avoids that surface nonsense you see in other so-called "honest" takes on the motherhood experience. It's What's to Expect When You're Expecting on Xanax chased with a bottle of Chardonnay. Except maybe that would make you pass out, but you get what I'm saying.
Jill's essays are real, brave, and they give us permission to stop taking our parenting "selves" so damn seriously. If you read Jill's wildly popular blog, then you know she's masterful at finding the humor in the insane expectations of parents today. The book is the same Jill, only better because we get more of her. Jill's take on everything from birthday parties to family "vacations" is a refreshing break from the Martha Stewart-fication of motherhood and "keeping house."
All of us have been there as parents. That moment where we feel like the worst parent ever because of something we thought or said in regard to our children. These tiny people we love but feel so controlled by at times. I was stressing out as a mom of 3, and searched in the google box what I was feeling, and stumbled on this book. I was instantly in love. WE AREN'T ALONE!!!!!!! Other people feel just like we do on our worst days, and they aren't bad people either!!!! I totally recommend this for ANY parent who feels like they are at their limit, overwhelmed by emotions good and BAD. This will help you get a laugh, and put things into perspective.
What a super funny book. Anyone who has lived with small children can relate. I love the essays, especially when the woman wrote about their ideas of motherhood before they were mothers- the cleanliness of houses and muffin tops before and after are two different experiences.
I found this book after my 2 year old daughter and I had the worst day of my motherhood career. So bad that after she was in bed, I sat on the kitchen floor with my back to the wall and sobbed. I sat there with 1000 thoughts running through my mind. Thoughts that I would have NEVER admitted to anyone. Thoughts like "I don't want to be a mom anymore" "Im a terrible mother" "I hate my daughter." I wanted so bad to be surrounded by other mothers who could tell me that they've been in my shoes. That their children have made them so furious that they wanted to run away from their lives and never look back.
I then got on Amazon.com and found Confessions of a Scary Mommy. The title seemed fitting for me; I was totally a scary mommy at that point. I downloaded it onto my Kindle Fire and as soon as I started reading the "Scary Mommy Manifesto" I felt this book was written for me! I was able to connect with the book on almost every page. It was as if Jill had been spying on me since I became a mom. This book is about the kind of motherhood that so many mothers try to hide but need to come to terms with.
If I hadn't come across this book, I would have thought I was the worst mother alive! After all, who would want to run away from the wonderful joys of motherhood....? ALL MOTHERS! THAT'S WHO!!! This book made be laugh. It made me cry. Most importantly it made be sigh in relief. With this book I've learned to be a better mother because I'm not so hard on myself. I've realized that everyting I've been feeling and thinking are completely normal. Thank you Jill for writing a book about something too many women are scared to (candidly) admit. And thank you to all the confessions from other moms. I'll always be a member of the Scary Mommy community...and proud of it!
This will forever be my signature baby shower gift.
I likes it but was nearly frightened by its authenticity.. the one liners and story line of her experience made it seem like parenthood is nothing but a nightmare..I appreciated the reality check but really??is it always this bad??
5.0 out of 5 starsMakes a single non mom 2nd guess if you want a family lol
Reviewed in the United States on November 7, 2015
Reading this book now & im 27 with no children but let me tell you honey Jill makes me second guess children & a husband lol! I mean you always her the "great" about parenting & clearly from a mother of 5 it isn't that way at all. Lol enjoyable read but if you want to believe only the good about mothering or future mothering this is not the book for you lol! I hope her children don't read this, I assure you mom will have some explaining to do lol
4.0 out of 5 starsA great quick read for a fast laugh
Reviewed in the United States on January 18, 2013
This was a wonderfully concise and funny book. I was actually able to read it in one (halfway sane) twelve-hour shift at the hospital and I found myself alternating between laughing out loud and covering my mouth frequently. I decided very early on I want to start recommending this to my pregnant patients to read. The key is, you can't be uptight about stuff when you're reading this. You have to have a sense of humor. Ironically, that's the point she's trying to get across in this book. (It helps if you follow the instructions on the back cover and "Recite the Vows".) Highly recommended, makes for a great quick read
I got my husband to get this for my kids to give me for Xmas - thought the kids would think it was funny and it looked like a good book. really enjoyed reading it - very easy to read and totally relate to a lot that the author says and the confessions are brilliant. found myself quoting loads of bits from it to my husband. definately recommend.
5.0 out of 5 starsA must read for all mums (and dads)
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on May 8, 2012
This is such an enjoyable book, a quick read which if like me you have litle time to sit and actually finish a book is a actually a godesnd. It is laugh-out-loud funny and gives you the sanity check and reminds us how wonderful children are, how much our lives change with them but that the ride is never easy and we are all in the same boat (or lying!)
I don't really like it. I love books that make me laugh but sadly this isn't one of them. I haven't actually laughed at anything in the book, some parts are maybe slightly amusing but none have stayed with me. Don't waste your money. One of the comments raised is how the mother cried her eyes out and was devastated to find out at her 20 week scan that her perfectly healthy baby was a boy and she wanted a girl! Even though she did acknowledge that this wasn't perhaps an acceptable feeling to express, I found it totally self absorbed. The book is written aimed at all types of parents, including those who have't been able to give birth to their own healthy baby, e.g. adopters etc, maybe Jill should have considered that before making such insensitive and callous comments.
5.0 out of 5 starsI love reading about "Normal Moms" who aren't jacked up on ...
Reviewed in Canada on March 2, 2015
This book was hilarious! I love reading about "Normal Moms" who aren't jacked up on pinterest and seem to be Super Moms!! I love reading about "real" Moms, just like me!! This is a great book and it's hilarious!