Mom Babble: The Messy Truth about Motherhood

Mom Babble: The Messy Truth about Motherhood

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Overview

Featured on The Ellen DeGeneres Show sharing her "Holiday Magic" viral video.

Hope, humor, and spiritual inspiration to families in the trenches of parenthood from the founder of Mom Babble.

Mary Katherine Backstrom spends her days mending booboos, conquering the boogie man, comforting heartaches, laughing at knock-knock jokes, cooking pancakes, throwing baseballs, and mopping muddy floors. In other words she spends her days relishing in the beautiful, constant noise that is a life with children.

In Mom Babble Mary Katherine (MK) Backstrom, founder and personality behind the Mom Babble online community, offers up hope, humor, and spiritual inspiration to families in the trenches of parenthood. With laughter, crying, and eye-rolls MK’s, oh so, real essays about raising littles will delight all the not perfect, not always holy, not completely normal, messy, honest and wonderful moms that read them. MK’s conversational approach connects with readers like dear friends cozied up on a coffee date.

Praise for Mary Katherine Backstrom

“I love how honest and relatable Mary Katherine is in her writing. When an author is raw, it is easy to make a connection to their work.”

– Meredith Masony, Founder of That’s Inappropriate

“One of Facebook’s funniest parents!”

Today Show Parenting Team

“Mary Katherine brings love, wisdom, compassion, humor, and insight to her writing that is a must read for every parent.”

– Love What Matters

“I have probably read more parenting essays than anyone on the planet, and Mary Katherine’s voice still surprises me. I laugh out loud, cry, and recall the magic of being a mother in those fresh early years. She is a friend to the struggling moms in the trenches of motherhood.”

– Jill Smokler, Founder of Scary Mommy and New York Times Best-selling author

“Thank you for cracking us up.”

Today with Hoda & Jenna


  • Features funny and relatable personal essays.


  • Expands on Backstrom’s already popular Mom Babble community posts and stories.


  • Includes a forward by Meredith Masony, founder of That’s Inappropriate and That’s Inappropriate Parents online communities with nearly 1 million followers across multiple channels.


  • 4-color photographs throughout.


  • Grain embossed hardcover with ribbon.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781501894527
Publisher: Abingdon Press
Publication date: 04/07/2020
Pages: 304
Sales rank: 69,730
Product dimensions: 7.10(w) x 8.10(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

Mary Katherine (MK) Backstrom is an essayist, viral blogger, founder and personality behind Mom Babble, a growing community of 480,000 followers. The Mom Babble social media pages boast more than 80 million views, and she has been featured on The Ellen DeGeneres Show and awarded The Today Show Iris Award. Dealing both candor and inspiration, MK has become a well-known presence in the parenting blogosphere. Her publications include The Today Show, Washington Post, Yahoo.com, and Scary Mommy. MK is married to her college sweetheart (Ian), and they currently reside in sunny Florida with their son (Ben), daughter (Holland), and two golden retrievers.

Table of Contents

Foreword vi

Introduction x

Birth of a Mother 16

Wild at Heart Kids 28

A Mother's Milestone 36

When Fear of Miscarriage Looms 44

Talk to Your Kid about Being a Weirdo 50

Every Day I'm A Mother, A Little Piece of Me Dies 58

What's It Like? 66

Crying in the Laundry 74

Duh-Duh-Dead Bird 82

Mental' Overload 88

Out of Gas and in Need of Grace 96

Hate is on the Playground 104

One Thousand Tiny Breakups 110

You Can Have It All, Just Not All at Once 116

I Really Miss That 122

Pink Toenails 128

Grand Theft Auto 136

Hurry Up, Papunzel 144

The Magic of Slowing Down 152

Shift Happens 158

You Won't Know, but I Will 166

Take Our Picture 174

Starbutts 180

I Said Yes 184

I Am Not the Mom I Thought I'd Be 190

Enough 195

Every Day I Tell My Daughter She is Beautiful 204

Call Your Mother 210

Something Stinks 216

What's Your Number? 222

"I Made You from Scratch, You Know," 230

Some Children are Just Born Feral 236

I Dreamed of Being Something Great Now I'm a Mother 244

Out of the Mouths of Babes 252

Grace Chips 258

Letting Go 264

Baggage Claim 268

Mary Poppins 274

The Day I Was Left Behind 278

The Badge of Busyness 284

Acknowledgments 296

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