Confessions of a Scary Mommy - Jill Smokler

Confessions of a Scary Mommy

By Jill Smokler

  • Release Date: 2012-04-03
  • Genre: Parenting
Confessions of a Scary Mommy book review score

4.5 Score: 4.5 (From 266 Ratings)

Confessions of a Scary Mommy Jill Smokler Book Review Score: ★★★★★ 5/5 stars

Sometimes I just let my children fall asleep in front of the TV.

In a culture that idealizes motherhood, it’s scary to confess that, in your house, being a mother is beautiful and dirty and joyful and frustrating all at once. Admitting that it’s not easy doesn’t make you a bad mom; at least, it shouldn’t.

If I can’t survive my daughter as a toddler, how the hell am I going to get through the teenage years?

When Jill Smokler was first home with her small children, she thought her blog would be something to keep friends and family updated. To her surprise, she hit a chord in the hearts of mothers everywhere.

I end up doing my son’s homework. It’s wrong, but so much easier.

Total strangers were contributing their views on that strange reality called motherhood. As other women shared their stories, Jill realized she wasn’t alone in her feelings of exhaustion and imperfection.

My eighteen month old still can’t say “Mommy” but used the word “shit” in perfect context.

But she sensed her readers were still holding back, so decided to start an anonymous confessional, a place where real moms could leave their most honest thoughts without fearing condemnation.

I pretend to be happy but I cry every night in the shower.

 The reactions were amazing: some sad, some pee-in-your-pants funny, some brutally honest. But they were real, not a commercial glamorization.

I clock out of motherhood at 8 P.M. and hide in the basement with my laptop and a beer.

If you’re already a fan, lock the bathroom door on your whining kids, run a bubble bath, and settle in. If you’ve not encountered Scary Mommy before, break out a glass of champagne as well, because you’ll be toasting your initiation into a select club.

I know why some animals eat their young.

In chapters that cover husbands (The Biggest Baby of Them All) to homework (Didn’t I Already Graduate?), Confessions of a Scary Mommy combines all-new essays from Jill with the best of the anonymous confessions.

Sometimes I wish my son was still little—then I hear kids screaming at the store.

As Jill says, “We like to paint motherhood as picture perfect. A newborn peacefully resting on his mother’s chest. A toddler taking tentative first steps into his mother’s loving arms. A mother fluffing her daughter’s prom dress. These moments are indeed miraculous and joyful; they can also be few and far between.” Of course you adore your kids. Of course you would lay down your life for them. But be honest now: Have you ever wondered what possessed you to sign up for the job of motherhood?


I shall remember that no mother is perfect and my children will thrive because, and sometimes even in spite, of me.

I shall not preach to a fellow mother who has not asked my opinion. It’s none of my damn business.

I shall maintain a sense of humor about all things motherhood.

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User reviews about this book

  • Hilarious!

    By Aj4345392
    This book was hilarious! I recommend every mother to read this book. All her stories definitely hit home.
  • Wonderful reading

    By Beekoo
    As an "older mom" to an almost 4 year old very stubborn and energetic boy, I smiled and laughed along as I read this as I could relate to so much and so happy to know that I'm not alone in this journey. I also cried as I know that I "ain't seen nothing yet".
  • Scary Mommy

    By Fluffy100345
    Fast and easy read. The confessions are the best.
  • LOVE

    By Sprincessjedi
    Thank you so much for this book. I would love nothing more than to hug you for saying all of it.
  • Wonderful and hilarious!

    By Ginabeans77
    This book really hit the nail on the head. It just goes to show, that every mother out there is finding her own way. There is no perfect mother, and seeing that others are doing, saying and thinking the same things as i am, really help me realize that I am an amazing mom, flaws and all!!!
  • Changed me forever!

    By amberlgibson
    I never write reviews but this had to be done! This book should be bought for any new mommy, mommy-to-be, or ones that have been at it for years! I believe this books makes us laugh at ourselves as mothers, even when sometimes all we want to do is cry! Read this book and pat yourself on the back because in all of us is a "scary mommy"!
  • One day!!!!

    By Teddli24
    I have a 7 year old son and a 6 month old daughter. I started reading this book Sunday morning and was finished in 5 hours, COULD NOT PUT THIS DOWN!!!!! Hilariously true and wrong at the same time on so many levels... Thank You!
  • Very great book!

    By Cjb125
    A bit sad, brutally honest, & wildly funny!
  • Great book

    By Stormzz
    By far a very truthful and inspirational book for all mom's.
  • What a wonderful book!

    By Mommy on the brink
    This book is so seriously what I needed while I deal with a particularly difficult 8 year old boy, a crazy and more than lively 3 yr old and a 1year old who I am sure is just a ticking time bomb in disguise. It made my mommy experience funny and lightened the mood after a particularly difficult day. It helped me feel better about the mistakes I continually make and beat myself up about, on a daily basis. I will be re-reading it again soon. I need the pick me up!

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