Scary Mommy's Guide to Surviving the Holidays

Scary Mommy's Guide to Surviving the Holidays

by Jill Smokler

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ISBN-13: 9781501107429
Publisher: Pocket Star
Publication date: 11/17/2014
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 100
Sales rank: 736,928
File size: 3 MB

About the Author

Jill Smokler is a New York Times bestselling author and domestic satirist whose candor about marriage and parenting has made her an unlikely hero among a new generation of women. She holds a degree in graphic design and psychology from Washington University in St. Louis and has three children. Married to her college sweetheart, she and her family live in downtown Baltimore.

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Scary Mommy's Guide to Surviving the Holidays



by Jill Smokler

Motherhood, as wondrous and fulfilling as it may be, is an utterly thankless job.

When else is it considered acceptable to be hollered for when someone needs an ass wiping, and not get so much as a thank-you for a job well done?

Just last week, I had to turn around immediately after school dropoff, drive back home to find Lily’s cleats, and return to school just to deliver them to her. Did I get so much as a thank- you? No, I got attitude for forgetting her socks.

Back when I brought my laundry to the wash and dry in college, I certainly mustered up a smile and a thank-you as it was presented to me all clean and folded in my plastic laundry basket (those were the days). My children, however, seem to think the clothes magically end up clean and organized in their drawers while they sleep. If only.

Dinner is met with eyerolls rather than appreciation and, God forbid, I not have their favorite cereal stocked in the pantry. But when I do have it stocked, ninety-nine percent of the time, do you think I get so much as a “thanks!”? No. I do not.

Obviously, I do these things because I love my children and taking care of them—asses and all—is what I signed up for. But every once in a while, a sincere “thank you for everything you do, Mom” would be nice.

That’s why, once I became a mother, Thanksgiving took the cake as my favorite holiday. A day to really reflect on all that I’m grateful for, and even better, a day to be lavished in gratitude myself. None of the Hallmark cheesiness of Mother’s Day and no messy breakfasts in bed to clean up after. Just one day a year to truly be thankful for my three biggest blessings, and to be celebrated by them, as well. Sign me up!

Except it never seems to happen like that.

“What are you thankful for?” I asked the kids a few years back, desperately fishing for compliments when they weren’t flowing as I’d hoped.

“Poop,” Evan enthusiastically responded. Poop? Ooookay, strike one. Luckily I have three kids.

“Eating ice cream,” Ben followed up with. Ice cream? None for you today, punk.

“Ummmmm . . .” Lily was thoughtful. This was what I’d been waiting for. She was my new favorite, perhaps for life.

“Daddy,” she finally pronounced.

Daddy? Daddy?

Daddy, who was napping on the couch and hadn’t or wouldn’t lift a finger to prepare the delicious dinner you’re about to inhale? DADDY? Daddy didn’t carry you and birth you and sure as hell isn’t sporting stretch marks because of you. Daddy? And ice cream? And poop?! Who the hell raised these children and did they come with a return policy?

“That’s nice,” I mustered up. “What about me?”

“Of course, you,” she responded.

Well, okay. Of course me.

After Daddy, poop and ice cream.

That’s motherhood for you.

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Scary Mommy's Guide to Surviving the Holidays 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
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MargieS1 More than 1 year ago
Given To Me For An Honest Review Scary Mommy's Guide to Surviving the Holidays by Jill Smokler is a need to have in order to save your sanity. This book is such a fun on  to read. It is full of essays, recipes and tips to help get you through the holidays without going crazy. You'll even find fun to make gift ideas . This book will help give you peace of mind and a laugh or two and save your sanity. I just loved this book. I wish I had had it when my  children were small. But it still got me through the holidays anyway. I loved the recipes and the gift ideas, some of them I used this year.  I gave this book 5 stars but wish I could have given it much more. It really deserves more. I highly recommend this book to everyone. I  suggest it as a gift to first time Mommy's. I am sure she would love the help. It also would be a great addition to your bookshelf. I look for more by Jill Smokler.
MarcyMS More than 1 year ago
This book is so funny! I had no idea how much I needed this book in my life. Also makes a great gift!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago