Using comedy to cope with the difficulties of motherhood
Confessions of a Scary Mommy
by Jill Smokler
It's easy to see why Jill Smokler has a following. For those who have not read her blog (which wrestles amusingly with the challenges of motherhood), this collection of essays about motherhood will have would-be yummy mummies fastening their chastity belts to stave off a life cleaning projectile barf, poo and other horrors. Faking illness just to have time to herself and avoiding sex by inviting her children into bed are ways the author regains her sanity. As is humour, a cure-all for, as she describes it, "the grossness" of motherhood. Each chapter includes "Mommy Confessions" submitted on her blog, with entries such as "I like my children best when they are newborns. I like them less every year after that." Smokler, who reads her book in voices that sometimes grate, is best when she points out the absurd, less good when she is just whining. Parts of it sound like self-therapy, which is what she needed a few years ago when she was a stay-at-home mother with three children ranging from a newborn to a four-year-old, living in a new house in a new town. Despite never being alone, she felt completely isolated. Her confessions have changed all that.