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Book Review: Bad Mother – A Chronicle of Maternal Crimes, Minor Calamities, and Occasional Moments of Grace by Ayelet Waldman

Posted on: May 25, 2009

Buy it now at!

Buy it now at!

Bad Mother is a book of essays written by Ayelet Waldman, an author who became (in)famous when she wrote that she loved her husband more than her children. The essays in this book are candid, honest, and well-written, and while I may not totally agree with her everything she’s written here, several of the essays in this book struck a chord with me.

As a mother of 3 boys, ages 8 and under, I have often thought of myself as failing to live up to the “good mother” standard that is put forth by the media–and yes, us mothers ourselves–today. I yell at my kids more than I should, I don’t make it to every school function, and I’m a working mom with a full-time job who has not once desired to be a stay-at-home mom. I have felt guilt, anger, sadness, despair over the choices I’ve made. But reading Ms. Waldman’s essays have made me realize that I am not a “bad” mother – I am a normal mother, a good-enough mother, and my kids are doing just fine.

In so many of the essays in this book, I saw myself. I’ve been through the same things, felt the same feelings, made similar decisions. I want to thank Ms. Waldman for voicing what many of us keep hidden away, and making it OK to feel the way we do.

All mothers should read this book, whether they be working moms or stay-at-home moms, married moms or single moms. If you are raising children in today’s society, please read this book! Whatever your situation, you will feel so much better after you spend time with Ms. Waldman!

Highly, highly recommended!

Started: 19-May-09 /Finished: 25-May-09
Advanced Reading Copy courtesy of Broadway Books 

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