Before I had my son, I prided myself on my ability to do things perfectly. But, what nobody ever tells you about being a mom is that it’s really hard! Kids don’t come with instruction manuals and the job never ends, so you’re bound to make a few mistakes along the way.
This is why I loved reading The Imperfect Mom: Candid Confessions of Mothers Living in the Real World.
This collection of essays, edited by Therese J. Borchard, features writers talking about their less than perfect mom moments. You won’t find any bragging about extended breastfeeding or children with unusually high IQs in this book. There’s a story about a mom who played “Torpedo” and ended up sending her kids to the emergency room, a mom who was expelled from the carpool lane for failing to show up on time, and a mom who feels guilty for failing to plan any organized activities for her children.
My favorite story, however, is the one about the baby who is saved by a piled of dirty laundry after accidentally rolling off the changing table! These are the stories that all moms have, but most are too afraid to admit publicly.
Each of the stories in this book is pretty short and you don’t need to read them in any particular order, so it’s a great book for sleep deprived women in need of a short mood boost.
If you’ve ever felt like you’re just not doing motherhood “right” or that it’s a struggle to simply make it through the day in one piece, this book will make you feel a little less alone.
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