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Dirty Little Secrets from Otherwise Perfect Moms

3.24 of 5 stars 3.24  ·  rating details  ·  262 ratings  ·  76 reviews
Trisha Ashworth and Amy Nobile conducted interviews with hundreds of mothers while researching their best-selling book I Was a Really Good Mom Before I Had Kids. It didn't take long before these moms began to reveal their Dirty Little Secretssurprising, thought-provoking, guilty confessions they hadn't told anyone else. Cringe-worthy moments ("I bit my daughter's finger tr ...more
Hardcover, 112 pages
Published April 2nd 2008 by Chronicle Books
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Sep 24, 2008 Marjanne rated it 2 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: mothers, maybe
Recommended to Marjanne by: Marcee
This was really short, and I think most people could read it in 20 minutes. I appreciate that the authors are trying to make women feel more normal about the way they cope with their children and motherhood, but I started feeling really judgmental as I was reading this. For the most part, it wasn't really a big deal. Believe me, I cut corners in my own way to and say thing I regret. But I have a hard time with a 4 year old using the 'F' word. To me that's not funny or ok. Maybe I'm too sensitive ...more
Skip this book and buy "I was a really good mom before I had kids" by the same author. It's more in depth. This wasn't a "book" - just short lines of quotes and stories.
each page has a mom's dirty little secret...and we all have them. this is a wonderful book for a quick pick-me-up when if you are having a bad day. and it just shows that you are not alone! it is from the authors of 'i was a really good mom before i had kids', another book that all moms should read. i want to buy both of these books because they would help when i am having a bad day - just reading something funny from another mom helps me get through the madness.

a quote from the book: 'I fear be
This book made me laugh outloud. It contains quotes from actual women about the things they do as mothers that they probably would never admit if it their words weren't anonymous. Among my favorites:

My kids don't wear pj's on weeknights. They go to bed in their school clothes so I don't have to fight with them about their outfits in the morning.

I let my two toddlers eat Milk Bones right out of the box. I figure if they're not barking, they're fine.

I told my four-year-old daughter that it's illeg
If you ever have a day where you think you may not be the best mom, you should pick up this book. First, you can read the book in about 15 minutes (at most). It's one secret per page and there are some good ones in there. I really like the one where the mom signed her son up for karate becuase she thought the instructor was hot. The authors wrote another book (first) called "I was really a good mom before I had kids". I think I'll pick it up. Basically, they talked to about 100 moms and these se ...more
May 28, 2014 Lisa rated it 4 of 5 stars
Shelves: 2014
Alternate title could be "Postsecret: Motherhood Edition."

Very short and quick read. I would've liked it to be much, much longer.
Aug 06, 2009 Kim rated it 2 of 5 stars
Shelves: 2009
What a waste of paper. There is one quote on each page of the book. It took me about 10 minutes to read the whole book. The quotes were from mothers who are deceptive to their children, friends, and husbands . . . ie. having a diner catered and passing it off as your own cooking. I don't understand people like that. I am not a perfect mother but I find it much easier to collaborate with other moms and support each other than to judge and nit pick how others choose to parent their kids. I suppose ...more
Ellaina Bishop
I really didn't think it was anything special. Too be honest you could probably read everything that was in this book online.
Don't bother with this read. When the book title says "dirty" that is an understatement. Try disgusting. Would have been much better if it was about dropping a lamb chop on the floor, picking it up, dusting it off and serving it to the family anyway, kind of dirty. I was appalled at the content of this book. I can't believe some of the things these woman do! I can honestly say I do not fit this category of women. I kept reading hoping it would get better, but it didn't. I just kept thinking "and ...more
Trisha Ashworth and Amy Nobile conducted interviews with hundreds of mothers while researching their best-selling book I Was a Really Good Mom Before I Had Kids. It didn't take long before these moms began to reveal their Dirty Little Secrets surprising, thought-provoking, guilty confessions they hadn't told anyone else. Cringe-worthy moments ("I bit my daughter's finger trying to steal a bite of her cookie.") meet real insights ("I love my kids but I didn't always. It took time to fall in love ...more
Great idea but fell short. I read the whole book in about 5 minutes. And some of the stories aren't funny, they are really sad. I am not perfect. I am not close to perfect, but really? I can't believe that people do these things and that someone put them in book so we can think it is "normal". People do things they aren't proud of. I get that. But we don't need to celebrate it and put a cupcake to make it look like a party. Laughing at it doesn't make it okay.
This book was absolutely perfect for me. Very short, funny, and I read it right when I was needing it most! For any mom that has ever felt like she doesn't measure up, this book is for you. Favorite quote:
Note to husband: Dinner? Don't even ask. There is no dinner. There will never be dinner. Just stop coming home hungry. Unless you have a plan, there will be no plan. And by the way, I'm hungry too.
I cracked up laughing!
It only contains quotes. Short stories would have been better. Some are funny but I was suprised at how many illustrated children copying their parents' bad language. I laughed at maybe 35-40%. I did love the one about dinner and telling your husband to stop coming home hungry. It is fun to read if you are waiting somewhere for 10-15 minutes but not worth having a copy sitting around your house.
Katelyn Joy
I thought the comments saying this is short and could be read in 20 minutes were exagerrating. Nope! There were a few amusing entries but overall this is lame. It lacks validity because none of the quotes are attributed so my guess is the "authors" said most of them or heard their girlfriends say the others then popped these into a book they hope someone will buy in the checkout line at Hallmark.
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I was so excited to read this after seeing it on Oprah a year ago. I think all mothers constantly feel guilt, no matter the situation. This book was supposed to help not feel the guilt. I was shocked with some of the things people were willing to reveal. I realized I'm actually a decent mother. I am doing so much more than most of these women in this book are. What a waste of time.
Noran Miss Pumkin
Aug 20, 2008 Noran Miss Pumkin rated it 1 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: NO ONE EVER!
Recommended to Noran by: Amazon?!?!
Shelves: worst-bks
I was able to view most of the book on line this morning and my lord was I in horror on it's contents! It is not cute little stories of mother prefect mother, when they are mortal like us regular mothers--it is BAD mother stories, some that would make me think about reporting them to DCSF!
The stories are one-three lines, and one to a page. So not alot to the book either.
Wow, some of these quotes gave me mixed emotions: I'm a really good mom or some of these moms are just horrible, horrible women. Some of the lines in this "book," which is really just a bunch of quotes, were funny, but on the whole, I found them to be, well, disturbing. Kind of a letdown from the authors of a book I really liked ("I Was a Really Good Mom Before I Had Kids).
DID NOT DID NOT DID NOT LIKE THIS BOOK!!! Seriously, this is not cute or funny. It is sad and depressing and I want to save the children from anyone who contributed to this pile of crap parenting. I want to write a book and mail it to the contributors called "Words of Wisdom from Parents Who Wanted Their Kids...Kill Yourself"

Harsh...yes. Stupid book.
I have to admit some of the stories in this book are on the verge of child abuse. But some of them are things I have done, and things that make me realize that I don't have to be perfect. Because there will always be another mother out there more screwed up than me. Quick read. Try not to take it so seriously like some of the mothers on here did.
Short book of one-liner mom confessions. Not going to win any awards but I really just needed a quick light-hearted pick me up, and this one fit the bill. Good for when you want a quick giggle. Favorite confession: I tell my husband I am going to go potty but actually lock myself in the bathroom, sit on the edge of the tub, and read 'People'.
This is a really short book. One sentence per page to be exact. The revelations are pretty good. I suggest you borrow it from your library because there's not much in here for replay value. The cover is pretty cute though. It might be a good gift to a mom who has a good sense of humor. Most of the entries can offend a lot of people.
I read this hoping to laugh and feel a little better about being an imperfect Mom and I think for the most part it accomplished those two things. I even gasped a few times. It was a really fast read since each page only has one quote on it, it's not a book I would read over and over but it was entertaining for the most part.
This is a great book. It is by the authors of I was a A Really Good Mom Before I Had Kids. Each page has a quote like the Dirty Little Secrets in that book. It took about 20 min. to read. Some of them I related to, others I laughed hysterically at. Pick it up after I was a Really Good Mom Before I Had Kids....
Parts of this book make me literally laugh out loud, and then other parts left me a little disturbed. I'm not anywhere close to being a perfect mom but if you have to take vicodin when your baby cries or pinch your kid and leave a mark thats more than just a little funny secret, you need some help.
This was a super quick read. Each page has just one secret on it so I read it in about 20 mins. It does make you realize that every mom has coping methods even if they seem like "the prefect mom". Also it helps you realize that it is perfectly normal to love your kids and not always like them that much :)
Read this little book while the kids were in the tub. Hard to call it a book, more like a collection of confessions from Moms, re: their dirty little parenting secrets. I laughed at the mom who forget to pick her kid up from kindergarten b/c she got wrapped up in a VH1 Rockumentary. That is so me.
Jennifer Weber
Another great book for ALL mom's. I really enjoyed the first book from the author's I read: I was a really good mom before I had kids. I could relate to them on everything they were feeling and could not wait to read this one and the other one they had out. A must read!! :)
This is a mini book of all the great little dirty secrets that were included at the bottom of the book by Ashworth called "I was really a better mom before I had kids". Very funny and some really serious ones as well. Cute to look at to know you aren't alone in this world.
If you like True Mom Confessions (, you're going to enjoy this book.

Some secrets are endearing. Some,though, you may find horrifying.

Still, there's solidarity in sisterhood ... and sharing some secrets is a good thing.
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