Motherhood Comes Naturally (and Other Vicious Lies)
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Motherhood Comes Naturally (and Other Vicious Lies)

3.8 of 5 stars 3.80  ·  rating details  ·  288 ratings  ·  62 reviews
From the New York Times bestselling author of Confessions of a Scary Mommy and the wildly popular blog, 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...more
ebook, 176 pages
Published April 9th 2013 by Gallery Books
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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". LOL
Hands-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...more
Lisa Dinsmore
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.
Meredith Spidel
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
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.
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 m...more
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.
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...more
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 ex...more
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 la...more
Oct 07, 2013 Lena rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: exhausted parents of young children
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...more
Jul 26, 2013 Damona rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: any parent (aunt, grandma) with a sense of humor
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 th...more
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.
Well this author has no filter just says it like it is! Don't read this book if you are easily offended by swear words because she uses them. But her take on motherhood is funny! Ok maybe some of what she wrote I have thought myself! Entertaining read!
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)".
Christina Scalise
Another funny book by Jill Smokler with lots of real-life type stories every mom can appreciate. I especially enjoyed the "Five Hours in the Life of a Stay-at-Home Mom" and "Parental Lessons - Learned the Hard Way"!
Mar 31, 2013 boekverslaafde rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Every woman out there who is or wants to be a Mother
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,...more
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 we...more
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 t...more
Margaret Sunshine Tan
Great book

I just love it!! read it in two sitting. cracks me up and and makes you think of realities of motherhood.
A quick and entertaining read. Absolutely hysterical! For any mom who does not take herself too seriously.
Kathy Worrell
I won this book in a First Reads giveaway. I have to say that I didn't enjoy this book. Jill Smokler is writing about being a mom and having children. She uses profanity and a poor choice of words. I am not against profanity in novels where it is depicting real life; I just didn't expect it in a book about motherhood. Here is a sentence from her book: "We had a happy life together. And then I had to go have a freaking baby"
....I think that is such a put-off. I loved my babies, and never, ever wo...more
Carrie Honeycutt
Just a funny book for moms that need a laugh :)
Hysterical and comforting. A must read for anyone considering motherhood/ first-time moms.
Charisse Oates
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 GR...more
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).
A great, short, funny summer read. I've been reading the Scary Mommy blog and read her first book while I was nursing in the middle of the night with a 3 month old. This had me turning on "just one more episode of Sesame Street" so I could read a few more chapters. Literally, laughed out loud several times and chose to finish it during naptime, instead of the dishes, laundry, showering...
A great follow up to Confessions of a Scary Mommy. As a mother I was able to relate and appreciated the author's humor, readers who are not parents may not find this book or Smokler's Confession of a Scary Mommy as humorous though.
Angel Perkins
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! ;)
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!"
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What started as an innocent on-line baby book to chronicle Jill Smokler's stay-at-home days with her children, quickly transformed into a vibrant community of parents, brought together by a common theme: Parenting doesn't have to be perfect.

At, the good times (of which there are many,) the bad (of which there are some) and the scary (of which there are an abundance) are celebrated....more
More about Jill Smokler...
Confessions of a Scary Mommy: An Honest and Irreverent Look at Motherhood: The Good, The Bad, and the Scary Motherhood Comes Naturally [and Other Vicious Lies] The HerStories Project: Women Explore the Joy, Pain, and Power of Female Friendship

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