The Imperfect Mom
Candid Confessions of Mothers Living in the Real World
By Therese J. Borchard
(Broadway Books, Paperback, 9780767922661, 240pp.)
Publication Date: April 25, 2006
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The supermom is a suburban legend. At some point, we’ve all forgotten to pack a lunch, yelled at our kids, or been late to soccer practice. This book is for every mom who has ever gotten angry at being interrupted from a consecutive five hours of sleep, or who has ever hid in the bathroom just to get a few moments of peace.
In this collection of thirty-six original essays, award-winning novelists, famous columnists, and bestselling authors tell it like it is, covering a plethora of confessions to reassure any mother. Gail Belsky writes about the emotional torture that led to the secret circumcision of her son. Andrea Buchanan talks about the pile of dirty laundry that saved her son's life. Muffy Mead-Ferro confesses to her slacker summer, three months without one organized activity. Judith Newman recounts the game of Torpedo that landed her and her twins in the emergency room. Jacquelyn Mitchard shares how she was expelled from the carpool for showing up late one too many times. Together, their stories provide an entertaining, affirming, and sometimes surprising look at the perils and pleasures of motherhood.
Poignant and amusing, The Imperfect Mom is a refreshing look at mistakes we all make in mothering and a consoling and hilarious testimony to parents who don't have it all figured it out.
THERESE J. BORCHARD is a nationally syndicated columnist and editor of I Love Being a Mom. She has published articles in Parenting, Ladies’ Home Journal, American Baby, and The Washington Post, and is a regular guest on national radio and television programs. She lives in Annapolis, Maryland.