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  • Hardcover: 176 pages
  • Publisher: Gallery Books (April 3 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1451673779
  • ISBN-13: 978-1451673777
  • Product Dimensions: 18.6 x 13.4 x 1.9 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 181 g
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #51,514 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)


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I had accidently found Jill Smokler's blog and than had to buy this book. So worth it, I laughed and really enjoyed the honesty of the mom confessions.
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By Ramona Niemczyk on June 17 2013
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Great book, easy read, some heartbreaking confessions. Much enjoyed and shared. Makes a great gift or book for new or old parents.
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By BM on May 10 2013
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Tired of the same old parenting books? Read this and get a realistic view from a witty mother of 3. She tells it like it is with just a touch of sarcasm. Loved the 'confessions' that were added from the blog. Great read!
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By ariel on Dec 5 2012
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Really funny the little blurbs I've read. Giving it to my sister in-law who just had her first baby, for a Christmas gift.
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35 of 38 people found the following review helpful
The reality of motherhood without the sugar coating April 6 2012
By Amie - Published on Amazon.com
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For 13 years I have read parenting books, visited mommy message boards, and googled parenting advice. For 13 years I have wondered where I have gone wrong and why my life as a mother isn't picture perfect. Then Jill and her website and this amazing book came along. Now I know that not only am I not alone, but that it is ok to ignore the kids banging on the bathroom door while you take the only shower you have had in three days and that my children are not the only ones to refuse to eat anything but processed orange foods (grilled cheese and mac and cheese out of the "blue box") for most of their young lives. And the confessions? O...M...G! Most of them had me in tears from laughing, but there were a few that had me in tears of sadness for the poor mommy, mostly because I had felt her pain at one point in time.

This book was amazing and should be read by every mother and mother to be. There are a few on my list who will be getting this book.

I love my children dearly, but sometimes I wonder how I got through some moments with them without spending the rest of my days in a comfortable straight jacket and a nice, padded room. And now I know I am not alone.
18 of 20 people found the following review helpful
FINALLY! A mom who tells it like it is! LOVE THIS BOOK! April 4 2012
By Violet L - Published on Amazon.com
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CONFESSIONS OF A SCARY MOMMY is the first "parenting" book I've read that really tells it like it is, and not some idealized version of what it should be. As soon as I started reading, I fell in love with Jill's voice and I couldn't put it down. I really related to so many of her experiences and others were plain laugh out loud, pee in my pants, funny. I will highly recommend this book to all the moms I know!
17 of 20 people found the following review helpful
Removes the Veil of Perfection on Parenting April 3 2012
By Nicole H. - Published on Amazon.com
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Reading Confessions of a Scary Mommy honestly made me feel less alone and judged in my journey as a mother. I felt less like I had to fit a mold and that was quite freeing.

What I love about Confessions of a Scary Mommy is it removes the veil of perfection. It allows us to laugh and cry and be completely ok with our choices as parents. It's a must read for any parent.
8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
A Mothers Lifesaver! May 27 2012
By Mrs. N - Published on Amazon.com
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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.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
normal mom May 25 2012
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I loved reading this book for this simple reason, it made me feel like a normal mom. Not to mention I am a mom of a four year old girl and expecting a boy in a few months, I laughed so hard it made me suggest the book to any other mother I know!!

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