Book Review - Sh*tty Mom
Back in May, I saw a segment on The Social with Alicia Ybarbo and Mary Ann Zoellner. They were promoting their second book called Sh*tty Mom for All Seasons: Half-Assing It All Year Long. When asked at what point she came to the realization that she was a sh*tty mom, Alicia responded that it was after having her second child. When her first child was born, she (like many of us), was worried about being perfect and felt guilty when things didn't turn out that way. Then by the time her second child was born, she was often oblivious to her first child's whereabouts! Their message was to let go of the guilt and laugh about it. I could totally relate to this, especially because I had two kids under two at the time. It is impossible to give my boys the same amount of attention that was once dedicated to my first born, and let's be honest, I don't always know what my eldest son is up to! I did a Google search for reviews of the book and most said that their first book (Sh*tty Mom: The Parenting Guide for the Rest of Us), was much better. Since I recently signed up for a Calgary Public Library card, I decided to check to see if they had any copies. I was in luck because they had two. It took a few weeks for one to become available, but I was able to put a copy on hold and pick it up before my summer vacation. It was the perfect reading material for the trip because each chapter was no longer than five pages. Sometimes I am only able to relax for a minute, so at least I felt like I was making good progress! My favourite chapter was How to Drop Off Your Sick Kid at Daycare Before the Teacher Figures It Out. I was definitely guilty of this after returning to work from my first maternity leave. As working parents with no family support in Calgary it can be very tempting! Obviously I wouldn't drop my kids off at daycare if they had a fever, but the Tylenol is bound to wear off at some point! On the other hand, I didn't particularly enjoy the chapter How To Leave Your Baby in the Car While You Dash into a 7-Eleven. I can definitely take a joke, but leaving your baby alone in a car, even for only two minutes, is wrong in my opinion. I know how cumbersome it can be to set up and then fold up a stroller for every errand, and to have your baby wake up after falling asleep on the drive there, but the safety of your baby should always be your number one priority. All in all, it was an enjoyable and hilarious read (for the most part), but I'm glad I didn't purchase it. It's not a book that I would ever read again, however, I recommend reading it if you're in the mood for a laugh, so check your local library! Does anyone have any suggestions on what I should read next?