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Ummmm, for Reals???,
This review is from: Confessions of a Scary Mommy: An Honest and Irreverent Look at Motherhood - The Good, The Bad, and the Scary (Hardcover)
While there's the odd chuckle here and there and I will sometimes frequent and post on the blog, I'm mystified by all the positive reviews. Parenting books and blogs make parenting sound "easy and perfect"? I have yet to find any of those! While there ARE parents on some pages who will exaggerate (read lie) about their perfect (straight A's, loves school, star athlete and adores doing chores) children, it's all BS and even the posters know it.
So I'll give Jill points for being honest about THAT---but past that point, we have another whiny soccer mom. And this one further irritates me with her freakish germaphobia (I always wonder how such moms get through diapers and kid puke, but I guess it's a selective thing). A LOT of what she bitches about isn't even THAT big a deal (like a recent blog post about how horrible it is to go to a carnival with your kid and then have to "care" for the goldfish they win as a prize). And I say this as an always working mom, who doesn't drive and has a kid who's really into pushing boundaries. Yet guess what? I have it waaaay easier than plenty of single moms and dads I know.
There's a lot of hypocrisy going on "don't dress your daughter like a whore cause then my daughter will want to dress like a whore" (while there are plenty of whorish junior clothes, past the too sparkly part, most girls' clothes arne't really terribly slutty), but she encourages her daughter to play with Barbies (ummmmmm....). Jill and her readers are actually much more traditional in their parenting approach than I am---and perhaps that's why most of their complaints are really very Betty Draperish 1950's level of shallow and disconnected.
There's the odd, entertaining thing, but overall I fail to see or hear anything new.