Malloy presents a collection of 39 funny, charming and poignant snapshots of her life as the mother of two boys.
As is true of most mothers, Malloy notes that she used to have “an individual personality” with hobbies, interests and a career. Then the baby arrived, and the new mom discovered this arrival marked the beginning of a new series of identities: Baby’s Mom, Schoolhouse Mom, Frazzled Mom, Invisible Mom. With gentle humor and wit, the author recounts various moments of motherhood that most mothers will recognize from their own lives. The stories are not reflections on the big occasions of celebration or sadness or drama. These are the short, ordinary, everyday moments often taken for granted, but not here, where they’re examined and savored. Her approach serves as a good reminder that motherhood doesn’t require perfection; that it’s the everyday chaos that makes motherhood so exasperating and yet so worthwhile. This is what it is to be a “Real Mother.” Malloy makes no apology for her conclusions: that the parenting magazines might best be suited for lining the hamster cage; that fathers parent differently; that math will need to be learned all over again; and that the “Land of Perfect Parenthood” is as fictional as never-never land. Rather, Malloy celebrates what “no book could ever teach: common sense” mixed with a little levity. Any mother who has ever herded toddlers, coped with a child’s amazing array of questions and bodily fluids or tried to appear calm while their insides were raging with worry over a teenager, will find solace, camaraderie and more than a few laughs.
A quick, lighthearted romp through the joys of motherhood as told by a real, honest and very funny mom.
6 thoughts on “Kirkus Reviews A Real Mother”
Congratulations! Well deserved.
That’s wonderful! This is insipiring–I’m in the frazzled Mom state at the moment. I’m going to get the e-book right now because I could do with some camaraderie and you’ve certainly proven you’re good for the laughs! Thanks for sharing your moments with me.
We all get frazzled as moms – that’s why I believe laughing is good for your state of mind. And it definitely beats crying!
Way to go, Denise! Congrats! I’ve enjoyed sharing your book with lots of moms, who all find it hilarious and comforting. So happy it’s doing so well – you earned it all!
Thanks Sandy! I truly believe moms need each other to survive!!
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