Jill Smokler appeared yesterday on NBC's Today show. The author of Confessions of a Scary Mommy: An Honest and Irreverent Look at Motherhood: The Good, The Bad, and the Scary has gained popularity with her Scary Mommy blog. The honesty and candid confession expressed is breaking through the perfectionism etched deep into our mommy brains (or what's left of them). Posts include everything from losing baby weight to swearing at your kids. *Notice I said swearing at your kids, because I would never let such an awful that happen in my June Cleaver-esque home.
The Huffington Post shared the Scary Mommy Manifesto.
Please solemnly recite the following before proceeding:
- I shall maintain a sense of humor about all things motherhood, for without it, I recognize that I may end up institutionalized. Or, at the very least, completely miserable.
- I shall not judge the mother in the grocery store who, upon entering, hits the candy aisle and doles out M&Ms to her screaming toddler. It is simply a survival mechanism.
- I shall not compete with the mother who effortlessly bakes from scratch, purees her own baby food, or fashions breathtaking costumes from tissue paper. Motherhood is not a competition. The only ones who lose are the ones who race the fastest.I shall shoot the parents of the screaming newborn on the airplane looks of compassion rather than resentment. I am fortunate to be able to ditch the kid upon landing. They, however, are not.
- I shall never ask any woman whether she is, in fact, expecting. Ever.