Motherhood Comes Naturally

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Motherhood Comes Naturally

and Other Vicious Lies

The title intrigued me, Motherhood Comes Naturally (and other vicious lies). After all how could it not? I’m the mother of a fairly large family and a grandmother so I felt the need to read this second book by Jill Smokler and I’m so glad I did. She presents normal parenting situations in a humorous and engaging way so that when you’re asked why for the hundredth time, you don’t feel like the lone ranger when you would just like to shut this child up. Ms Smokler comes across as real and down to earth and expresses herself extremely well as you read short chapters (just a couple of pages) about various things mothers are told, like motherhood comes naturally. FYI, it doesn’t. This is the perfect book for any mother, though I’m not sure if a mother-to-be would truly appreciate all the words of wisdom. I have to highly recommend this gem of a book!


Book Blurb for Motherhood Comes Naturally

Newly pregnant and scared out of her mind, Jill Smokler lay on her gynecologist’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, Jill was instead set up for a 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.

Motherhood IS HEARING THE WORD “WHY” AT LEAST A HUNDRED TIMES A DAY AND, MOST OF THE TIME, NOT HAVING AN ANSWER.

Jill Smokler’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.

Motherhood IS USING YOUR SLEEVES TO WIPE RUNNY NOSES AND YOUR SPIT TO CLEAN DIRTY FACES.

Now Jill returns with all-new essays debunking more than twenty pervasive myths about motherhood. She gives you what few others will dare: the truth.

Motherhood IS NEVER PEEING OR SHOWERING IN PEACE.

This is not a parenting manual or how-to guide (there are plenty of those out there and you’ve probably read more than your share). Think of it instead as a coping resource.

Motherhood IS ALWAYS FEELING MILDLY SICK BUT NEVER BEING ABLE TO WALLOW IN YOUR OWN MISERY.

If you’ve ever wondered why nobody bothered to tell you what having kids is really like, or felt like you were in (six feet) over your head, this book will show you that you’re far from being alone. You’re not the only mother who’s wanted to spend Mother’s Day as far away from her children as possible, and you aren’t the only one with a frenemy who happens to be nine years old.

Join Jill and her army of Scary Mommies united by a deep love for their children, an understanding that motherhood isn’t always easy, and a mission to survive in one piece.


Night Owl Reviews May, 2013 5.00