I always enjoy reading books on parenting that make me feel less guilty about the things I struggle with as a mother. Wilson's book, When Did I Get Like This? The Screamer, The Worrier, The Dinosaur-Chicken-Nugget-Buyer, and Other Mothers I Swore I'd Never Be is a humorous account of motherhood and the many joys and challenges that accompany the job.
Beginning with trying to conceive, Wilson becomes aware that a job that looked so easy and natural for her own mother is more of a struggle for her. From the moment she knew she was going to be a mother, life for Wilson has never been the same. Reading about some of Wilson's thoughts and events in her life, I couldn't help but finding a great deal in common with her and could easily imagine her as one of my girlfriends. It is nice to hear that other mothers are crabby with their children sometimes (and then feel extremely guilty and apologetic afterward), that they, too, long to have some acknowledgement from their husbands that not only do they do the bulk of parenting, but that it is hard and they are appreciated, that many of the situations they find themselves in as parents have no easy answers. While Wilson's book does not offer advice, it does offer an inside look at motherhood and provides a bit of comfort for other mothers who may be less than perfect.
Visit Amy Wilson's website - I am enjoying her blog immensely.