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  • Posted April 10, 2013

    Motherhood Come Naturally is indeed a vicious lie told to many f

    Motherhood Come Naturally is indeed a vicious lie told to many first-time parents. In this book, Jill lays out the bare truth for everyone to read. Forget What to Expect and other books of that ilk. This is the book you need to prepare yourself for the reality of raising children.
    It's not for the faint of heart or humorless, but let's face it...neither is motherhood. Jill isn't  afraid to tell it like it is, and that is exactly the way it should be. If you're thinking of buying this book, stop thinking and just do it already! You won't regret it. It's an amazing, hilarious, head-nodding-in-aggreement-until-your-neck-cramps read and once you're through, you'll wonder how you managed without it!

    Kudos, Jill, on another book well written!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 9, 2013

    I live to laugh. And Jill Smokler (AKA Scary Mommy) has a new bo

    I live to laugh. And Jill Smokler (AKA Scary Mommy) has a new book out which is a cause for celebration: Motherhood Comes Naturally made me howl. In the same way that John Stewart and Stephen Colbert can give you a stomach cramp laughing about very real and serious stuff, Motherhood Comes Naturally rips the cover off the secrets of motherhood and by extension, the mental health of the people who are still, for the most part, raising the future of the human race.




    Smokler covers a lot of territory, unmasking the myth that everybody else innately knows how to do this and is doing it right. With a hard-boiled hilarity that rings true on every page, she gives the low-down on what we all know is going on but refuse to accept, blaming ourselves and our real and imagined inadequacies, while secretly figuring that everyone else is somehow avoiding going through this particular circle of hell.




    There are bullet-point charts which I warn you to swallow that Diet Coke before reading: Tips for Mortifying Your Children (Talk in made-up foreign accents to their friends.) and on Decoding Momspeak (Oh dear, (s)he's quite a character! / Your kid is a brat.)" and a particularly hilarious one on The Tragic Evolution of Motherhood.




    It's a very visual book and I suspect that we'll be seeing the movie soon in a theatre near you. There's dialogue for whole scenes and the hilarious voice-over of a woman, ground into surrender and acceptance of the fact of her indentured servitude: "I didn't expect that at thirty-five years old I would be watching commercials for Depends with sincere curiosity." In one passage, Smokler describes herself, hunched forward, smiling bravely in the suicide seat of the shopping mall's van, her three kids under four buckled into the back while the elderly security guard motors around the mall parking lot, looking for the car she's too sleep-deprived to find on her own.




    If it isn't already, I bet this'll soon be the must-have Mother's Day AND baby-shower present: a shiny blue, gem-like manual which will help to maintain sanity, a sense of humor and more than a shred of self-esteem ... at least until the kids get into high school.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 11, 2014

    Hilarious

    I was so sad when jills other book was over, and then I found this! A great continuation of the harsh realities of.living with our adorable little angel-brats.

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  • Posted August 30, 2013

    Another good one by Jill

    This book and her first book make me feel like I'm not alone in my feelings and thoughts during this motherhood journey, and they are funny to boot.

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  • Posted May 10, 2013

    Hysterical!!  I loved it.  Great sequel to the first book, Confe

    Hysterical!!  I loved it.  Great sequel to the first book, Confessions of a Scary Mommy.  I purchased a few copies to give as gifts.  GREAT gift!

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  • Posted May 3, 2013

    I loved this book. Jill puts into words all the things that we a

    I loved this book. Jill puts into words all the things that we are thinking. Who REALLY said that a child makes your marriage stronger? How the heck is that even supposed to work? You have less time for yourself and less time for your spouse...the only person you have time for is the child!!! This is such an easy read that you can read a chapter or two any time you get a few minutes. It's even get fun little things to read between each chapter. And don't forget all the confessions...those are GREAT!!!!

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  • Posted May 1, 2013

    I don't often snort-out-loud when reading books, but I think my

    I don't often snort-out-loud when reading books, but I think my husband thought I was having a seizure or something when I was reading this b/c I couldn't shut up.  This book is just so much darn fun, and the perfect read for crazed, overwhelmed mommies who just need a break while sifting through all the lies the world is dishing out!

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