I was a really good mom...before I had kids

I'll let you in on a dirty little secret of mine, sometimes when no one's watching, I feed my toddler macaroni and cheese from the BOX! (Gasp!) Come on, I'm not the only one right? Well, that's what authors Trisha Ashworth and Amy Nobile set out to find when they were interviewing hundreds of moms for their new book, "I Was a Really Good Mom Before I Had Kids".

This guide to reinventing modern motherhood is chalk full of testimonials from mothers around the country who are voicing their dirty little secrets and letting you know what makes them feel most guilty being a mom in this fast-paced world of today. You'll read about moms who want to have it all and have it all NOW to moms who struggle with telling their kids "no" and sticking to their guns. Amy and Trisha are moms just like us and they offer their best insight to these situations and provide you with great comebacks to questions like, "Can't he say his A-B-Cs yet?" They are here to reassure you that it's going to be o.k.!

This is a book that all of us should read! Sometimes you just need to take a step back and have a good chuckle and know that you're not alone with your parenting woes. Compare notes with the research that Trisha and Amy have compiled for us and rest assure that you too, are a GOOD mom, no matter if your kid eats Play Doh or you secretly wish to have your own apartment to escape the chaos.

WIN IT!

The Mums have a copy of "I Was a Really Good Mom Before I Had Kids" for you! Let me hip you to the rules of this giveaway:

We want to know YOUR dirty little secret! Leave us a comment and tell us what makes you feel like a less-than-perfect parent. Have some fun with it! We'll forward your responses to authors Amy and Trisha. Just remember, when leaving your comment, we'll also need your email address so we can get in contact with you if you win.
Winner will be chosen on Thursday, August 23rd at 10PM.

Good luck!

This book is Available at Amazon.com for purchase.

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35 comments:

she who must not be named said...

On occasion, my four year old daughter just stays naked ALL day. And eats crackers out of the box. And watches a lot of movies.

foxsquirrelrabbit@yahoo.com

Anonymous said...

I have eaten all the good candy from my children's trick-or-treat bags. Come on everyone has if they are honest.
Jo1brat@aol.com

myzzy said...

At times I pass gas and blame the kids :)

SJ said...

I pacify my kids by letting them watch movie after movie after movie just so I can get the house cleaning done....

Makes me feel guilty every.single.time.

sj1026@gmail.com

Laura said...

obviously, don't enter me in the contest...:) this looks like a great book. i was talking to my friend the other day, and she was saying that she glad she had a friend like me, knowing that there were other people out there that don't put on makeup all day or get dressed before noon. today i had my pj's on until after 1 pm, and i changed into yoga pants for my "real outfit". it's no secret...i just don't see how some moms do it all! i see people in the mall totally coiffed with their kids dressed to the nines with their kate spade diaper bags, and i'm totally frazzled, having stuffed my child's needs in my purse, he's got food on him, etc. i just hope the "perfect" moms really have some sort of dirty secret, or i'll really feel lame.

jessica said...

on occasion I leave my daughter in a wet outfit, due to spit-up, for a few hours because I know it is getting close to bathtime.
mom2maria at yahoo

Anonymous said...

Going through the drive through makes me feel like a bad mom....
Natalie

Kristiem10 said...

If we aren't leaving the house, I let my kids wear only their underwear/Pull Up all day. Most pictures I have of my kids, they are only partially clothed.

kristiem10@hotmail.com

Sarah said...

hmmm...I think sitting on the computer while my kids are in front of the tv. I really should be playing with them. (In a minute...)

kristie said...

yeah. this won't be hard...

tv/movies when i need some space or time to get something done.

ice cream for supper on a couple occasions.

cereal MANY times for supper.

temper tantrums (from me...)

wait? how many did you say to list!? hahaha! cool contest! and great book! if i don't win, i just may have to pick it up anyway.

gypsycat77@yahoo.com

Melissa Hurlbut said...

I stick my daughter in front of the tv with a bowl of chocolate chips and a Dora DVD so I can go browse the net....
check out my blog for an "after" picture of one of these instances...
www.hurlbuts.blogspot.com

melissa_hurlbut@yahoo.com

I sooo want this book!!!

kelli said...

Oh my goodness........just one thing? Hmmmm, I don't dress my kids if we are not going anywhere, that day. Sometimes I take them out of their PJ's to underwear/diaper if they spill something on it.

Julie said...

Probably just laughing hysterically at things that should probably be corrected - he is just SO cute!!

Mama Zen said...

Lately? I just know that a better mother could manage to get my daughter's hair fixed without tears and histrionics (mine, not hers)!

Loretta said...

I go to McDonalds and get the happy meals "for my kids" when really, I want the toys!

Loretta
niftychick78@hotmail.com

Pea Pod Mommy said...

My kids LOVE pizza ~ and it is easy!

Sounds like a book I need!

andyandkelly@msn.com

Kelly

Naomi said...

I let my daughter eat things she's dropped on the floor, as long as there's no obvious yuck on it.

Jason and Caryn said...

I don't know if this makes me a bad mother but I hold my 8 week old son soooo much and don't really let too many people handle him (even if it's family)
My husband says I'm too protective
jasonncaryn@yahoo.com

Timster said...

On occasion, my four year old daughter just stays naked ALL day.

The Holdaway's said...

leaving my son in his pjs all day (if we aren't going anywhere), and having him watch tv so I can get housework done...

Grace said...

Good luck to all but especially me! :)

gracecchu@hotmail.com

Laura said...

Our son is 3 months old, and we let him suck on gummy bears (holding them tight of course) when we eat them...they're our favorite, so we assume he wants a taste too. And I gave him frosting from his cake at his baptism...anything to see that smile! :)

explaura44@hotmail.com

Lisa said...

Sometimes we have cake for breakfast... a tradition passed on by my mother. As she used to say (and now, so do I), "It has basically the same ingredients as a pancake!" Well, it sounds good anyway ;)

LMFriedli[at]gmail[dot]com

Shama-Lama Mama said...

Sometimes I ignore my kids for way too long while i blog about parenting. ...sigh...

Pickel said...

It's so nice to see that other parents are JUST LIKE ME! Yes, I let him stay in his PJ's. Yes, he always has a messy face. And tonight I turned off the monitor. Whew.

Pick me Amy!

Rebecca said...

Sometimes when my husband is working late and I'm having "one of those days" I fix myself and my son cereal for dinner. Not the super sugary stuff if it makes it any better?

Laura @ Laura Williams' Musings said...

If it's been a "loooooong" day, and supper time is coming, we will opt for sandwhiches instead of hot meal.... today was one of those days. ugh!

betsypz said...

After our second child, I started rationalizing and following the 10 Second Rule. If the kids dropped their food and it wasn't on the floor for more than 10 seconds then they could eat it. And I used to be a germaholic!

Kerry said...

This is such a great book! I already have it so don't enter in me in the contest.

On an occasion we have dunkin doughnuts for breakfast. chocolate munchkins.

Anastasia said...

I know that soda isn't healthy for you, but I've been drinking it all my life! To that end, I don't let my kids drink it very often, even though I drink it all the time! :D

anastasia_falling@yahoo.com

tAnYeTTa said...

I give my son baths with baby wipes! sometimes even after being at the park for a long time! oops! is right!

Qtpies7 said...

Oh, my dirty little secrets are soo many. Where would I start? I don't cook every day? It is fix your own at least once a week. I don't even fix breakfast for my almost 4 yo, she can make her own cereal. I don't care if they eat food off the floor, I don't even count the seconds. I even gave my first child a shovel when he ate sand, because "God made dirt, a little won't hurt."
Should I stop now? lol
qtpies5 at msn.com

Karen said...

Well, my husband works the 2-11pm shift, and my middle son (3) is awake because Daddy just walked in, and he is begging to play X-Box. At midnight. Probably not the BEST idea, but at least it's quality Daddy time, right? LOL.:-) Thanks for such a fun contest!

Amy A. said...

My kids have Carnation Instant Breakfast every morning. If they don't eat veggies, at least they already drank some vitamins.
amyjohnallen(at)bellsouth(dot)net

Amy said...

THIS CONTEST HAS ENDED. THANKS FOR ENTERING!