As mommies, we are put under the microscope for about pretty much everything and anything we do, or don't do. Society has dictated a certain mommy code, and if we, mommies, do not oblige by it, we are doomed. We get tagged as a "Bad Mommy". And quite honestly, no matter what we do, how we do it, when we do it, with whom or with what, we will get discarded into the "Bad Mommy" basket. We try our best, that's undoubted. But despite it all, even when we believe we are doing it right and what's best for our children, someone, somewhere will be standing by just waiting to pop our lovely little bubble. Oh, and what about the "comparison game" played by other mommies?! The animosity felt by women towards each other when it comes to baby business?! Well, that too, seems to be a common trend in the world we live in. You will be looked and frowned upon for whatever you do that is not quite "by their book". Basically, forget about all the numerous good intentions you have when entering mommyhood, you are set to fail. And that's mainly the message Willow tries to communicate through the book. We need to stop trying to rely and act on what society (or our entourage for that matter) thinks is right or acceptable and just do what feels right for us, what we are comfortable with and what makes us happy, individually. And that is really the essence of this book. Whatever relates to mommyhood, near or far, and whatever mommies deal with from the moment they are pregnant to the time their offspring leaves the nest. Willow addresses the subject matter with humour, satire, straightforwardness, and definitely doesn't beat around the bush to say what needs to be said!
I would like to share an excerpt of the book that I considered truly comical, moreover veracious.
"...Positioning your baby to sleep is likewise ripe grounds for showing your failure as a parent. Sleep positioning rules have changed no less than three times in the last ten years. First, babies were to sleep on their tummies so that vomit would spill out their darling little mouths and they would not choke to death. Then, no, that was terrible! Babies had to be propped on their sides so that vomit could drain out of their darling mouths with no choking. Of course, a year or so later, this changed again and all good mommies put their babies to sleep on their backs so that the vomit can drain out of their darling little mouths and they will not choke to death somehow (like babies actually stay in the position you put them to sleep in anyway). Babies not sleeping on their backs will likely get SIDS (sudden infant death syndrome) and die, the direct result of poor sleep positioning by their bad mommy. Likely by the time this book is published, babies will need to sleep suspended upside down from the left ankle only, which will allow for optimal vomit drainage."
So, let me cut straight to the chase... I loved this book. Purely refreshing. It sheds light on the mommy guilt we all (let's face it) go through. And instead of feeling guilty about it, Willow teaches us how to take it with a grain of salt and deal with it with humour. I must say, she really hit the nail right on the mommyhood head. Each chapter discusses a different aspect of mommyhood. Single mommy, weight, breastfeeding, clothing, car seats, money, television, school, pets, sports, sex, just to name a few. Additionally, each chapter contains a real-life experience from either one or two mommies, spilling their beans on the subject and sharing their own personal views and opinions. "Bad Mommy" is, by far, a book you need to add to your library. You will appreciate the nice, fun change from your usual and typical mommy-baby books.
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