All of a sudden, it seems, bragging about being a “terrible” or “reckless” parent is in vogue. At least if you want a book deal.
As Mother’s Day approaches, publishers have unleashed a series of books targeted at, who would’ve guessed, Mothers.
In years past it was the aspirational tales of perfection that crowded the shelves. Battle Hymn Of The Tiger Mother and Bringing Up Bébé told tales of how to be the perfect parent.
Those books may be well and good, but the truth is parenting is rarely perfect. We all have the best of intentions, but do we really reach them? Aspiration may be a good thing, but what about a dose of reality?
This year, stories of drunk, slacking, cursing Moms are being served up as the perfect Mother’s Day gift. It appears if you want to win the title of “Mother of the Year“, you need to get real.
Motherhood Comes Naturally (and Other Vicious Lies)
The second book for Jill Smokler, aka Scary Mommy, mines stories and tales from Moms to take the shine off parenting. No sugar-coating here, Jill is promising the truth.
"There wasn't this acceptance about being this sort of less-than-perfect mother, but all of a sudden it feels like that is becoming the norm rather than the exception," Smokler told the Associated Press. "There came a tipping point where everybody just couldn't keep up that facade anymore and there was just a backlash, and here we are."
Image via Jill Smokler
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