“Mother shock” is the state in which many new parents exist during those first confusing, chaotic and often comical years of parenting. It is the clash between expectation and result, theory and reality. It is the twilight zone of 24-hour-a-day living; where life is no longer neatly divided into day and night; the triple-impact of hormonal imbalance, sleep deprivation, and physical exhaustion. It is the stress of acclimating quickly to the realities of mothering, a new sense of self, and a fearful new level of responsibility. In thirty amusing and intelligent essays, Buchanan shares her insights as she moves from the overwhelming feelings of first love for her baby to the disturbing and often hilarious darker side of mommyhood, finally reaching a place where she not only speaks the language but understands the customs of this strange and wonderful land. In essays like “Fear of the Double Stroller,” “Confessions of a Bottle Feeder,” “I’m an Idiot,” and “Everything I Needed to Know I Learned in Playgroup,” Buchanan details the unimaginably difficult and unbelievably rewarding process of becoming a mother.
The increased scrutiny of the age of social media combined with the longstanding tradition of criticizing the way mothers raise their children makes for a judgmental and unsupportive parenting environment. Seal Press parenting books like The Good Mother Myth, Blended, and Bringing in Finn tear down the toxic double-standards of motherhood by bringing you stories and advice from real parents.
Honest in her parenting foibles and fixed in her opinions on public breast-feeding and the perfect Halloween costume, Halliday’s wry observations on daily life validate the complex, absurd wondrousness that is the life of the unpaid caregiver.