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Motherhood Smotherhood: Fighting Back Against the Lactivists, Mompetitions, Germophobes, and So-Called Experts Who Are Driving Us Crazy

Motherhood Smotherhood Fighting Back Against the Lactivists Mompetitions Germophobes and So Called Experts Who Are Driving Us Crazy What s the first thing a woman does when she thinks she might be pregnant She Googles And it goes downhill from there While the internet is full of calming and cheerily supportive articles it s also

  • Title: Motherhood Smotherhood: Fighting Back Against the Lactivists, Mompetitions, Germophobes, and So-Called Experts Who Are Driving Us Crazy
  • Author: J.J. Keith
  • ISBN: 9781629146584
  • Page: 491
  • Format: Hardcover
  • What s the first thing a woman does when she thinks she might be pregnant She Googles And it goes downhill from there While the internet is full of calming and cheerily supportive articles, it s also littered with hyper judgmental message boards and heaps of contradictory and scolding information Motherhood Smotherhood takes parents through the trenches of new parentinWhat s the first thing a woman does when she thinks she might be pregnant She Googles And it goes downhill from there While the internet is full of calming and cheerily supportive articles, it s also littered with hyper judgmental message boards and heaps of contradictory and scolding information Motherhood Smotherhood takes parents through the trenches of new parenting, warning readers of the pleasures and perils of mommy blogs, new parent groups, self described lactivists, sleep fascists, incessant trend pieces on working versus non working mothers, and the place where free time and self esteem goes to die Pinterest back away from the hand made flower headbands for baby JJ Keith interweaves discussions of what it takes a village really means hint a lot of unwanted advice from elderly strangers who may have grown up in actual villages and a take down of the rising make your own baby food movement just mush a banana with a fork with laugh out loud observations about the many mistakes she made as a frantic new mother with too much access to high speed internet and a lot of questions Keith cuts to the truth whether it s about perfect births, parenting gurus, the growing tide of vaccine rejecters, the joy of blanketing Facebook with baby pics, or germophobia to move conversations about parenting away from experts espousing blanket truths to amateurs relishing in what a big, messy pile of delight and trauma having a baby is It turns out those little buggers are durable and fun than we think they are

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    1. 4.5 starsWhat a breath of fresh air! I feel as though J.J. Keith tapped my brain, gathered my thoughts, and put them down on paper. I felt like waving a little white hanky and shouting, "AMEN! Preach!" throughout the book. At my baby shower, my mom thought it would be nice to have the guests write down a little word of advice for the new mother. I received tips on getting a baby to sleep, tricks for helping gas to pass (the baby's, not mine!), etc. The most common theme was along the lines of "T [...]

    2. I enjoyed this book immensely and wish it had been around when I had my first child many years ago. It might have saved me from many lost hours I can never get back reading and listening to a lot of judgmental, absolutist BS on how to be a parent! Luckily I have a new baby, so I needed to hear some of this stuff again. This book stands head and shoulders above most of the rest of literature for expectant and new parents in that it is a real-world, common sense approach to how to make the transit [...]

    3. Although I've totally aged out of the young-parent mom-blog-book-contract genre, I picked this book off the library's new arrival shelf because of the title. Much like Beverly Goldberg, sitcom TV's reigning favorite "smother," I am all over my "schmoopies" like a warm blanket. I wish I could've met JJ Keith ten years ago on a playground, or better, in one of those godforsaken infant playgroups she so derides. She preaches a refreshing common sense and makes me so grateful both of my babies were [...]

    4. I read this at the perfect time and really needed the laughs. I'm just emerging from the fog of newborndom and realizing that the books and the Internet don't help all that much. Got self-doubt? Here, compound it by reading all the books and online things that contradict one another yet still convince you that you you are doing it wrong! JJ Keith to the rescue--everything is going to be fine.

    5. I love this book. If you are a new mom or pregnant or the partner of a pregnant mom or headed to a baby shower, buy this book! Thank you JJ Keith for telling it like it is. I so appreciate your whip-smart candor. Where was this book when I was pregnant with my 1st?

    6. I loved this book. Just a bit of kindness for parents that are internalizing the judgment that seems to go hand in hand with the profession.

    7. One of my favorite motherhood/parenting books. While it doesn't have a ton of specific how tos, I really appreciate the overall theme of "try your best, do what works for your family as long as it's safe and try not to be too judgy". I also liked how she clearly identified how a lot of decisions are a luxury many mothers don't have.

    8. I loved this book. It was a gentle reminder of the realities and fun of parenting. Being a new parent, it's so easy to be swept up by worry and doubts. This book asks the reader to keep parenthood all in perspective.

    9. This is the book I wish I'd read after first becoming a parent. Well, maybe not at first. Maybe after about 3 or 4 months, after I'd had time to flounder a bit and fully taste the insanity that is parenting message boards on the Internet (or even worse, "natural parenting" boards), which this author rightly describes as " the darkest and most pestilent trenches of the Internet; so awash with anxiety, judgment, and pointless debate about baby kneepads"In a nutshell, this is a hilarious book. I do [...]

    10. This was rather refreshing. I love how it had a strong message about not being judgemental of other parents, which it got across in the most judgemental way. I think it will help me to be a slightly more relaxed parent, which can't be a bad thing for the children we do end up having.

    11. I needed to read Motherhood Smotherhood. I especially needed it 13 years ago when I was a 22-year-old mom trying to figure out how to do everything right in raising my first newborn. Author JJ Keith is the mom I would have hung out with at mommy groups had I went to any.Motherhood Smotherhood was a relief to read. It makes me feel like I am not alone in this frightening world (real life & online) where parents compete with each other, and face judgment from both parents and non-parents.She t [...]

    12. This book was completely hilarious and pretty much spot on from the experience I've had raising a child in the BabyCenter-Internet-OMG-WhatTheCrap stage of this era. I remember having to stop reading parenting and mothering blogs and websites due to the overwhelming amount of information, good and bad, just to survive until the next feeding of my newborn. The author has very staunch opinions on things that some may not agree with, but I appreciate her opinion and lack of who gives a crap attitud [...]

    13. This book is so much fun, whether you're a parent or not! I've been following JJ's work for a long time (way before I was pregnant) and was looking so forward to her book. I have to say, Motherhood Smotherhood has been the only "baby book" I've needed to guide and console me through the anxiety of becoming a first time mother. I'll be referring back to many of the chapters, especially "Making Breast Milk is Not a Superpower" and "I'm the Only One Who Gets to Call My Kids Crotch Fruit". The book [...]

    14. I'm a new mom, and reading this book felt like sitting down with a sassy, hilarious, experienced mom-friend. J.J. Keith pinpoints the people and things that make parenting harder—fear-mongering parenting forums, competitive playgroup moms, snarky open letters to parents, and Pinterest, to name a few—and is mercilessly deft in her take-downs.She's honest about the way these forces have affected her and how she's gotten past them to find more joy as a parent and a human. It was great to find m [...]

    15. If you're pregnant or a new mother and have been making yourself crazy by reading all the mommy blogs on the internet, stop for a moment and read this book.The author's description of lactivists, germaphobes, make-your-own baby-food fanatics, and other members of the perfectionist tribe of mommies on the internet is just right to relieve some of your fears, and make you laugh out loud.I made all of my first child's baby food, dithered back and forth on the second, and by the third, well, she got [...]

    16. Random choice from the library "new book" shelf. I have a 7-year-old, which means I get duck some of the most contentious of the mommy war battlegrounds. Honestly, no one gives a shit whether or not you breastfed your school-age child. They will care, however, about your child's daily sugar intake. I take a deep breath, limit the info I put there (looking at you FB), and try to pretend if I don't judge other moms, they aren't judging me. Keith's book assures me that isn't true. Sigh. I thought i [...]

    17. Exactly what I neededThank goodness for this book! A real look at parenting and how it can't be perfect all the time (despite what Facebook might say). This book made me feel like I am doing a bang-up job as a parent even though I: 1)work 2)have a husband who helps A LOT 3)take some time to be a human and don't rush to pick them up from day cared so many more reasons!! And I completely read this book on my iPhone's kindle app at ungodly hours when my one year old wasn't sleeping for one reason o [...]

    18. this was an excellent book that completely nailed the experience of motherhood these days. Keith tells it like it is and doesn't hold back when it comes to calling out all the bullshit prescriptions that accompany parenting. She tears into lactivists, anti-vaxxers and cloth diapering meet up groups. I laughed out loud many times. even the index of this book was hilarious (sandwiches, dinosaur shaped p.145. sandwiches, dolphin shaped p.91 etc.). Thank you for writing such an uplifting book.

    19. Motherhood Smotherhood: Fighting Back Against the Lactivists, Mompetitions, Germophobes, and So-Called Experts Who Are Driving Us Crazy by JJ Keith is an excellent read. Keith, a “mommy blogger” who came to prominence after a “pro-vaccine” piece on Huff-Po, is funny, warm, wry, and compassionate. Her book is suffused with the joy of being a parent, but she doesn’t shy away from the darker aspects of parenting (like loneliness and literally cleaning poop off the walls). Her advice, in a [...]

    20. A humorous, but smart and sensible book about the problems and concerns of contemporary parenting. While the focus is on motherhood and its problems, I found a lot I could relate to as a stay-at-home dad. Parenting these days has become almost religious in its dogma and everyone is too eager to leap upon mistakes or conscious choices they do not agree with. The book in a funny way reminds us that parenting is a hard job, that we are all trying our best, and that everyone must choose his/her own [...]

    21. 100% agree with her outlook on it all. Parenting is not a competition. Whether or not to sleep train, to co-sleep, to breastfeed, to use binkies, to throw big parties, whatever who cares. We are all different, so are our kids, and so is our parenting. As quoted in her book "All this stuff, its about them, but its also about you and your memories so do whatever you can to enjoy it because you dont get to do it again".

    22. I don't know why this is rated so high. My kids are grown but I still love to read parenting books. I do see where this book would help mothers to get a perspective on issues of parenting babiesbut I just don't find her to be that funny. Her writing has that dramatic style of humor and it seems forced and immature. Now Erma Bombeck was funnierd less forced. I just didn't like the style of writing. I don't doubt that she is a fine mother but being obnoxious just doesn't appeal to me.

    23. JJ Keith cuts across all of the ridiculous debates, pressures, and fabricated wars that make new moms feel like crap. But this isn't a catch-all "everything is ok as long as you love your kid" panacea - she gives it straight to anti-vaxxers, and doesn't let parents off the hook for being jerks to each other. A fast, funny, and insightful read that will be loved by anyone following (and bemoaning) the Mommy Wars.

    24. Really enjoyed this book. Snarky and funny. It wasn't a tour de force, but an easy stress relieving read. It expressed a lot of my same views on how mothers need to unclench and stop beating down other moms. There was a few points where I realized the author went on the side of being flip and judgmental too. But for the most part, it was a funny quick read that really broke the monotony of multiple parenting books I have recently been reading.

    25. I highly recommend this book as a gift for new moms and moms-to-be as long as they have a healthy and irreverent sense of humor, and don't mind a bit of profanity. An excellent antidote to the many books, blogs and well-meaning friends and relatives which can make a new mother crazy trying to do everything perfectly.

    26. I read a review of this book in Bitch Magazine and I really don't understand. Yes, compared to this woman's cohort, crunchy bourgeois SAHMs, she's Bella Abzug, but everyone else should be well past this. And no, not everyone agrees breastfeeding should always be the first choice. She goes there three times. SMH at Bitch.

    27. I loved all the thoughts in this book. It basically covered all the issues we have between moms and against moms, but always in a fair way. The focus was more on babies and toddlers, though my kids are more the same age as hers when this was written. I loved her no-nonsense approach of knowing when to let yourself off the hook, and when that crap needs to get done.

    28. I really enjoyed this book. While it doesn't contain any typical baby related advice, it is full of advice about being a parent & everyday life. It is refreshingly honest and a good laugh. Can't wait to read more from this author!

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