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From the New York Times bestselling author of Confessions of a Scary Mommy and the wildly popular blog ScaryMommy.com, a hilarious new essay collection that exposes the “vicious lies” that every parent is told.Newly pregnant and scared out of her mind, Jill Smokler lay on her gynecologist’s examination table and was told the biggest lie she’d ever heard in her life: “MotheFrom the New York Times bestselling author of Confessions of a Scary Mommy and the wildly popular blog ScaryMommy.com, a hilarious new essay collection that exposes the “vicious lies” that every parent is told.Newly pregnant and scared out of her mind, Jill Smokler lay on her gynecologist’s examination table and was told the biggest lie she’d ever heard in her life: “Motherhood is the most natural thing in the world.” Instead of quelling her nerves like that well intentioned nurse hoped to, Jill was instead set up for future of questioning exactly what DNA strand she was missing that made the whole motherhood experience feel less than natural to her. Wonderful? Yes. Miraculous? Of course. Worthwhile? Without a doubt. But natural? Not so much. Jill’s first memoir, the New York Times bestseller Confessions of a Scary Mommy, rocketed to national fame with its down and dirty details about life with her three precious bundles of joy. Now Jill returns with all-new essays debunking more than twenty pervasive myths about motherhood. She’s here to give you what few others will dare: The truth....

Title : Motherhood Comes Naturally (and Other Vicious Lies)
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ISBN : 9781476728346
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Number of Pages : 176 Pages
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Motherhood Comes Naturally (and Other Vicious Lies) Reviews

  • ❄️✨ Kat ✨❄️
    2018-11-26 06:27

    I like the idea of this book, pointing out the flaws and hardships of motherhood in a humorous way. However, the author is very vulgar, which normally I don't have a problem with, but some of the ways she used her vulgarities didn't quite resonate well with me. After awhile it just seems like a lot of complaining.

  • Regina
    2018-12-15 06:09

    Laugh-out-loud funny. Seriously.Some of Jill's statements may make you clutch your pearls and think "no, you can't say that!"...but then you think, "but that shit is kinda accurate". LOLHands-on aunts will feel a lot of these points hit home as well.Jill finds a way to touch on all those things the rest of us wonder about, but dare not say out loud.I mean, seriously, why IS Caillou bald? And where the hell ARE Max and Ruby's parents anyway? And NO, I don't like that 7 year old, jerk who was mean to my niece/daughter/godchild and I will not apologize for it!Jill's writing style and ability to take us on this honest journey was what made this a very fast and enjoyable read.

  • Lisa Dinsmore
    2018-12-09 04:30

    Absolutely hysterical. You have to have a dry sense of humor and not take everything in it totally seriously. I laughed until I cried at all of her comments about raising kids and husbands. While I do not agree with everything she said, there is certainly a lot of humor in all of it. Just be honest with yourself as you're reading it, you probably have thought of 99% of what she actually said.

  • Jennifer
    2018-12-14 03:23

    I couldn't even finish this book. I do admit there were SOME funny parts in the beginning, but it just seemed like a lot of bit*hing, moaning and complaining and I think that sucks. Believe me, as a mom of 3, there are many stressful, annoying days but to bit*h for an entire book??? I think she needs a shrink...and a hobby that does not include putting a pen to paper.

  • Meredith Spidel
    2018-12-15 08:29

    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!

  • Jennifer Millard
    2018-11-22 07:15

    I loved this second book as much if not more than the first! I read it at the perfect time, too- a week where I was feeling less than successful as a Mom. Thanks to Jill and the Scary Mommy Nation for showing me, once again, that I am not the only one.

  • Jessica
    2018-11-29 10:09

    More confessions from my favorite Scary Mommy, including new essays as well as confessions from other moms posted on her blog. Laughed my face off.

  • Marilyn
    2018-11-20 05:15

    Thoroughly enjoyed.Picked this one up from bookoutlet.ca for an amazing price, and just couldn't resist.I find some Scary Mommy stuff... falls flat, but other really good and enjoyable.This one definitely hit the mark!!As a mom to an 8-year-old boy, and the care provider of an 8-month-old - there was definitely a ot of humour to be found between these pages :)Highly recommended, especially for fellow Moms!

  • Angie C
    2018-12-13 10:15

    Laughed more of my ass off!

  • Angie
    2018-12-13 09:25

    Synopsis: "Newly pregnant and scared out of her mind, Jill Smokler lay on her gynecologists examination table and was told the biggest lie shed ever heard in her life: Motherhood is the most natural thing in the world.Instead of quelling her nerves like that well intentioned nurse hoped to, Jill was instead set up for future of questioning exactly what DNA strand she was missing that made the whole motherhood experience feel less than natural to her. Wonderful? Yes. Miraculous? Of course. Worthwhile? Without a doubt. But natural? Not so much.Jills first memoir, the New York Times bestseller Confessions of a Scary Mommy, rocketed to national fame with its down and dirty details about life with her three precious bundles of joy. Now Jill returns with all-new essays debunking more than twenty pervasive myths about motherhood. Shes here to give you what few others will dare: The truth"My Review: This book was so much better than the first. I think it was a little more simple and straight forward which gave it the humor I was expecting. I liked the layout of the book with the lies as chapter titles that are debunked in the chapter, little tidbits at the end of each chapter for an added laugh and more mommy confessions at the end. I would maybe recommend this book to mommy's who have a little time under their belts and are ready for the humor and lies, let the brand new mommy's keep their innocence a little longer.

  • Susan
    2018-11-30 08:15

    Motherhood comes naturally addresses numerous "lies" that we, as mothers are told. Being a SAHM to three kids age 5 and under, I figured I would totally be able to relate to this book and find humor in it. Well, that was sort of true. It was partly humorous, and many of the essays were relatable, but they were also full of f-bombs and other language that I don't use, and frankly find very off-putting. I would have added another star to the review if I hadn't had to wade through so much vulgar language to find the author's point. And most of the time, the point she was making was on the mark and funny. But, all the "truths" she was telling were about how hard motherhood is, how ungrateful our children are, how miserable it is to be a mom, how we get no alone time, no days off, dads have it easier, etc etc. I am not denying any of that, but reading a whole book about it just left me feeling more upset and depressed about it all, rather than comforted. No solutions are offered, no encouragement other than the idea that you are not the only one to get totally fed up with the whole concept of motherhood. Even her attempt at the end to throw in a few good things about having a(nother) kid, could not balance the negativity of the whole book.Overall I think that, for me, the book misses the mark. A little more balance and a lot less swearing, and this book would have been much better.

  • Jeanie
    2018-11-25 05:33

    If you know what it's like to always have food-stained shirts, spare children's underwear or diapers in your purse, and you can't remember the last time you got to use the bathroom by yourself, the chances are great that you will find something to relate to in the pages of Motherhood Comes Naturally.Just as she does on her "Scary Mommy" blog, Jill Smokler uses humor to expose many of the lies embedded in the common idioms about motherhood, all the while highlighting the everyday hilarity that exists in the profession of being a mom. The book is a short, fast read broken up into chapters only a few pages long, which is perfect for those moms deep in the trenches of which she writes. She brings humor to the situations that could seem to bring mothers down - such as a lack of sleep or time to yourself - and her writing gives moms permission to abandon the notion that motherhood is in any way intuitive. Smokler confesses all of little idiosyncrasies about motherhood of which we rarely speak, like the fact that our bodies are never the same and that all mothers do - at one point or another - find their children incredibly annoying. If you have a few minutes a day, a child (or two) on your hip, and need a little touch of humor in your life, you will definitely enjoy Motherhood Comes Naturally.

  • Mandiy Handley
    2018-11-17 07:22

    I love Jill Smokler's blog. It gave me a place to see that I was not alone in so many of my thoughts during pregnancy and this wild ride of having a child. Unfortunately, I didn't love this book or the previous one nearly as much as the blog itself. There were a lot of funny one-liners and things that made you think "wow, that's exactly what it's like." There was also a lot I couldn't relate to because I never went through the girlfriends and party and being super self-absorbed phase. (I can't think of another way to describe it, but it's the normal college age phase I think.) I'm also super lucky and can't complain about my husband being useless around the house, and I'm not a stay at home mom. For women who can fit into those categories, I think they could relate a lot more. For people who don't read a lot and just want a short laughable book, this could be exactly right for you. But for people who have a long To-Be-Read list and don't miss going out/still work outside of the home, this may be one to pass on. Maybe still check out the first one from the library, but I wouldn't take the time to read both unless you just need something light.

  • Aimee
    2018-12-17 09:23

    I LOVED This book. This was the sequel to Scary Mommy and this one might be funnier than the first. I caught myself laughing out loud and completely relating to this MOther's take on Motherhood. These are the kind of books that you find youself unconsciouly nodding agreement with her take on certain issues concerning Motherhood. Laughing out loud and shedding a tear at some of our Motherhood Struggles.This book is the kind you read and find yourself comforted in the fact that your not alone. All the thoughts you have and don't say in mixed company for fear others will judge you, or if you find that Motherhood does not Come Naturally to you, take heart! You are not failing, you are just like every other Mother out there....And your doing the best you can! Everyone's experience is different and while I may not always agree with everything the author said. I can totally relate and see why she would feel the way she did. It gives you comfort that there is more than one way to raise a child and there is more than one right answer :) i recommend this to anyone becoming Mother and who is a Mother. YOu will laugh, cry and feel comfort from this book. I LOVED IT!

  • Aimee
    2018-12-06 04:29

    Fast & funny, this book had me laughing out loud A LOT. It's based on all the little white lies mothers tell other mothers, starting with how motherhood comes naturally. Sure, it may for some people, but certainly not everyone - myself included. Other lies include "having kids keeps you young", "you'll get more sleep with they're older", "the parent is in charge" (yeah right, just take your kid on an airplane and you'll figure out really fast who is actually in charge), "pets make children more responsible", "being home with your kids is the most fulfilling job", and many others. My favorite line of the book was from Lie #12: Going from two to three kids is a breeze: "In all honesty, it's not always bad. In general I love having three children, mostly because it increases the odds that I like at least one of my kids on any given day." Yep, I've said that too. Jill Smokler may just be my long lost twin. I get her sense of humor & snark and truly appreciate the levity she brings to the subject of motherhood and the unrelenting demands, er I mean joys. ;)

  • Lena
    2018-11-27 10:16

    I put this genre firmly in the guilty-reading category, since it's designed to normalize those thoughts and emotions I'm really not particularly proud of (which isn't necessarily a good thing). But this one really resonated with me just now. Maybe because the author also had children at a similar spacing to mine, but her description of all the least savory parts of life with a toddler + baby were hilarious in their accuracy (ignoring the baby in order to play with the toddler; fantasizing about the quiet and cuddly nursing sessions that only happen with the first baby...) In fact, I may have ignored said toddler's increasingly insistent requests to read Are You My Mother for the 10 billionth time in lieu of finishing this while nursing the baby. Minus one star for the husband-bashing though. Some of us do in fact have unicorn husbands who pull their weight and more, and I don't think it's as rare as these mommy-kvetching books would have one believe (or maybe I'm just super lucky).

  • Damona
    2018-11-30 06:28

    Oh, my goodness, I laughed so much at this book! I started reading it in the library while my 4 kids played Minecraft on the computers, and I got funny looks from people because I kept snort-giggling at lines like "Is there any greater act of parental treason than gifting somebody else's kids with a goldfish?" Yes, the author has a potty-mouth, but, frankly, if raising kids (especially a LOT of kids) has never made you want to swear, well, then I don't know you or anyone like you! Some of the things she says in the book made me snicker and feel embarrassed in that you-aren't-supposed-to-SAY-that way, but it's always nice when someone else is willing to say it and I can just agree!Also, the Scary Mommy Confessions in the back of the book had my best friend and me in stitches. Oh, man... so much of it is So. True.

  • Anne
    2018-11-17 03:14

    This book was laugh-out-loud funny! Yes, there was some colourful language in it, but who among us doesn't at least think colourfully when dealing with our spirited children at one time or another? I absolutely loved Jill's sense of humour and she made me feel not quite so alone in the "I have a crazy child who I sometimes want to rent out for a weekend of silence" world of motherhood. Thank you, Jill! You made my night. I'll certainly be gifting a copy of this to my expectant sister so she's well and truly prepared for what motherhood really has in store (in addition to the "I can't believe I love this little person so much it hurts" moments, of course!).

  • boekverslaafde
    2018-11-24 03:10

    This book had me laughing so hard, my sides hurt for days. If someone had told me the truths of motherhood, I'm pretty sure I'd be terrified of having kids! Everything Jill Smokler mentions in this book is pretty much dead on. We all love our children, we all would die for our children. ... but that doesn't mean we won't enjoy embarrassing them in front of other people along the way! Jill Smokler is brave enough to voice what most of us mothers have all thought about, at least once! A must read, for those who need a laugh, or those who are ready to murder their children, but are smart enough to walk away, this book will provide relief knowing you're not the only one.

  • Krystal
    2018-12-18 08:09

    The only downside to this book is it only took a few days to read. I had hoped it would go on forever! I have one toddler so for anyone who has more than one child, hats off to ya. I needed a book like this to make me laugh about motherhood when lately all I want to do is beat my head against the wall. Yes, there is "potty language" in it, but that just makes it funnier IMO. If you can't handle grown up language, then don't read it, plain and simple. I found myself laughing out loud more often than not, which is rare for any book I read. Well done, Jill, and thank you for making me feel better about feeling like an unnatural mother.

  • Jennifer
    2018-11-27 11:29

    This book was funny but again just not my style. Sure I swear like a sailor sometimes. I swear in front of my kids and even under my breath. But this is an occasional occurrence and not one I am particularly proud of. Therefore, reading this book was a bit jarring.I believe curse words are important and meaningful when used on occasion, in the right context, and with the right audience. One of my favorite quotes is from Tina Fey in a GQ interview where she says toddlers are total d-bags. But using them all the time just takes away from their meaning and impact. Bottom line: This book just isn't me.

  • Charisse Oates
    2018-11-25 08:21

    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!!!!

  • Laura
    2018-12-06 04:35

    Like a lot of other blog-to-books, this feels a little bit like a novelty read, that is, there isn't a lot of substance. But it is funny, short (a bonus for busy moms!) and refreshing in that "good to know I'm not alone!" kind of way. This book would make a great baby shower gift for expectant mothers (at least the ones who don't get offended by a little profanity and who appreciate brutal honesty).

  • Julie
    2018-11-28 03:34

    Really enjoyed this one. It took like 5 minutes to read,and was incredibly relatable. It was sorta like having coffee with your really good friend who just needs to let off a little steam. And as you sit back and listen, and sip your coffee, you find yourself nodding along saying "Yes! Yes, that's EXACTLY how it is!"

  • Angel Perkins
    2018-12-01 11:22

    I LOVE Scary Mommy!! Much like Confessions of a Scary Mommy, Jill Smokler's first book, this is laugh-out-loud funny. It is broken down perfectly with each "lie" having its own chapter and each chapter only being maybe 2-3 pages. This makes it the perfect bathroom read because, let's face it, someone is outside the door saying "Mommy?!" after one page anyway! ;)

  • Amy
    2018-11-21 06:20

    Loved it!! Laughed and laughed until the tears streamed down my face and my husband and son questionned my sanity. Such a comfort that others feel the same way. I have a 14 year old son and even after all these years removed from the baby and toddler years, this book still resonated strongly with me!

  • Trisha Doucet
    2018-12-03 07:23

    I loved this author. She makes me laugh out loud. This book was no exception. It makes you laugh, smile, cringe...sometimes all simultaneously. Just a good, quick read. Oh, only if you have or know kids.

  • Shazia
    2018-12-17 03:25

    All women need to read this book. If you have a child- reading this book lets you know that you are not alone. If you are expecting a child soon- this book lets you know what to expect. If you are on the fence about having kids- this book doesn't hold back. A must (honest) read for anyone.

  • Marisa
    2018-11-30 09:29

    read it in one sitting (if you don't count toddler interruptions). I'd recommend it to other moms; it's an amusing, fast read that won't end up sitting on your never-ending pile of "stuff to do when you have time (i.e., never)".

  • Stephanie
    2018-11-29 06:25

    Very funny read that is easy to relate to! I think I may have liked the first one, Confessions of a Scary Mommy, just a tad bit better, but I really enjoyed both of them because of their humor and honesty. Highly recommended! I'm hoping for another book from Jill Smokler!