A Chronicle of Maternal Crimes, Minor Calamities, and Occasional Moments of Grace

First off, let me say I am not a mother and have no plans to be a mother, so it may seem strange that I picked this book to read. My best friend has 4 children and I have lived with her since the oldest was 3 years old. I have been their secondary caregiver and their only babysitter, sometimes I feel like their mother, sometimes their favorite aunt. This book sounded interesting, since I am around my best friend alot, I am also around other mothers (they tend to congregate I’ve noticed), being an ‘outsider’ gives me the opportunity to observe, a lot. On to my review.

In her book ‘Bad Mother’, Ayelet Waldman discusses many things:, society’s perception of what makes a good mother versus a good father; the ‘bad mother police’, and confrontations with them; how she personally has felt at times she has failed her children and feels she is a ‘crappy’ mother; her children and herself’s disabilities and failings. Finally, the realization that she is not a crappy mother. That society’s expectations of mother’s is unrealistic. This book is funny and insightful. Ayelet has a quick wit (there is a chapter on that) and for the most part is brutally honest.

About Belleza

I got the name Bella because my grandfather called me Suzabell. I use that as a username and my friends on the site started calling me Bella. Thus was born: Bella Foxx's Life, now known as "just a city girl" since I have made the big jump from the country and am now living in the City, UES. I like to make jewelry (check out my blog "Bella is creative" started April 17, 2008) and write. I like to do cross stitch and knit. I sew, I don't really enjoy it, but I enjoy the clothes. I like to read the Bible, books, magazines, online newspaper articles, blogs, jokes on candy wrappers, ads on the subway, billboards, backs of food boxes, lists of ingredients and recipes, cleaning directions, sayings on shirts. I post my reviews on "Just a girl, living, reading, watching, and writing", on Shelfari, Library Thing and Goodreads.. I am allergic to practically everything: grass, trees, weeds, animal dander, dust, mold, wheat, apples, nuts, fish and coconut. The fish and coconut are so serious I carry an Epi-pen and wear a Medic-Alert bracelet. And last but not least. I love the Yankees.

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