Childfree Reflections

With Marcia Drut-Davis
April 11th, 2012 by Marcia Davis

Jill Smokler’s book, “Confessions of a Scary Mommy”

I know! I Know! The title is so close to my own, “Confessions of a Childless Woman” chosen years ago. The difference is that Jill chose to be a Mom. I chose not to. She writes about those things Moms know, but don’t want to share. The fear of upsetting the mom and apple pie myth was too great…..until now. To admit to awful realities like: pooping on the table during birth, pretending to come to the end of a bedtime book because she’s finished for that day, the hell of running after a toddler or the boredom of the every day mommy activities made me smile and warmed my heart with gratitude for the publisher who took on this project.

I wonder if this will open a Pandora’s box of honesty? I wonder how many more people can openly and honestly relate the realities of raising a human or two?  I’m not saying everyone should not want this job! It’s an important one. I’m suggesting everyone should know the truths and have the courage to ask themselves if they are parent material and ready to face to agony of raising teens and not just adorable babies.

Comments

2 Responses to “Jill Smokler’s book, “Confessions of a Scary Mommy””
  1. I couldn’t agree with you more about Scary Mommy. I’m a child psychologist so it goes without saying that I have TONS of parenting books (and believe me, there are a lot out there). However, this is the one book that no mother should go without. It’s the only one that really tells the truth about motherhood. Check out my review if you’d like:

    http://www.themommypsychologist.com/2012/04/04/confessions-of-a-scary-mommy-is-finally-available/

    • marciawp says

      I breathed a sigh of relief to read your post. These blogs attract so many people just out to lure you to their site to sell something! You have given me hope that others can and will read this blog .I will check out the review and share your support of this book. My own book, “Confessions of a Childless Woman” is done. (Honestly, I had that title for three years!) It’s now three years trying to find that literary one agency willing to support the project. I won’t stop until I find them.
      There’s another older book I can recommend called “The Mother Person by Barber and Skaggs.
      Thanks for this post and supporting my efforts. PS: Have you seen this months AARP magazine about the rise in estranged adult parent/child relationships? Sure breaks the myth that says kids will love and respect you forever.

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