When Did I Get Like This? The Screamer, the Worrier, the Dinosaur-Chicken-Nugget-Buyer, and Other Mothers I Swore I'd Never Be
"When Did I Get Like This?" is the hilarious story of one mother's struggle to shrug off the ridiculous standards of modern parenting, and remember how to enjoy her children Over the last seven years of long days with little children, I have had many moments of joy, calm, and peaceful reverie. This book is about the other moments. Before I became a mother, failing at something did not shake my fundamental belief in my capabilities as a human being. But now that I am the mother of three children under the age of seven, I have one overriding daily thought: "I suck at this." What kind of mother feeds her kids dinosaur chicken nuggets? "Three times a week?" What kind of mother lets hand washing after using the toilet slide, as long as it was just Number One? And then I wonder: "When did I get like this?" Why do I doubt my parenting abilities, day after day? Why does motherhood, a job as old as Eve, have me teetering daily on the edge of sanity? With each new stage of motherhood, I tell myself I will never again be suckered by the question, "Don't you want what's "best" for your children?" And yet, time after time, I am. Sometimes, I am right to obsess. Other times, the record will show, it has been distinctly counterproductive. I'm working on it . . .
- Hardback | 272 pages
- 127 x 200.66 x 27.94mm | 272.15g
- 01 May 2010
- HarperCollins Publishers Inc
- WILLIAM MORROW
- New York, NY, United States
"An honest, personal, and often hilarious collection of short, beautifully written chapters. As entertaining as it is reassuring."--Christie Mellor, author of "The Three-Martini Playdate"